Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Teaching sweet brother Bill a lesson

    The chill in the air is real. In fact, it is downright cold here in the mountains where I live. In the old days, as the old-timers used to say, it is time to butcher that fat steer that has gorged himself daily on expensive feed, only to end up on the ranch family’s dinner plate.

  • LCC culinary arts class ready to serve public

    Editor’s Note: The following is an interview with Luna Community College Culinary Arts Instructor Adrienne O’Brien. Students from her restaurant experience class are running the Rough Rider Grill at lunch on Friday’s until the end of the semester.

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Pecos teacher gets award

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Pecos Independent School District announces the selection of MaryBeth Britton, Pecos High School language arts teacher, as the New Mexico Teacher of the Year.

    The Teacher of the Year is selected by a committee from the Public Education Department and sponsored by the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico, SMARTer Kids Foundation, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Ortiz Printing of Santa Fe Team Sales, and the New Mexico Chapter of the National State Teachers of the Year.

  • Thanksgiving recipes from the pros

    Submitted to the Optic

    Traditional Turkey with Orange Spice Rub

    Wash, dry and brush turkey with oil, giblets removed

    Finely chop fresh sage,orange zest, nutmeg, ground coriander, kosher salt and fresh pepper Sprinkle 1/3 cup spice mixture inside the turkey and sprinkle  the remainder under the skip and all over the turkey

    Place cut orange slices, onion slices and whole rosemary sprigs inside the turkey

    Truss for moisture retention

  • Feldman exits mayor’s race

    With city elections four months away one of the contenders for the mayoral post is  pulling the plug on his campaign and withdrawing from political life.

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman, who announced in June that he is running for mayor, has changed his mind.

    “I’ve given four years to trying to make the city better, and it’s time for me to step aside and let someone else do it,” he said.

    Feldman added that he also will not seek re-election for his council position. The Ward 3 councilman’s term expires in March.

  • American Idol, Vegas style
  • PNM closing its payment center

    PNM customers used to paying their electric bills in person at the company’s Railroad Avenue office won’t have that option much longer.

    Public Service Company of New Mexico has announced it is closing its eight remaining payment centers across the state, including the one in Las Vegas. The company had previously discontinued its payment centers in most other communities in 2009.

    The Las Vegas payment center will close on Dec. 16. Two local employees will be laid off as a result.

  • West board tables change order

    The West Las Vegas School Board tabled a controversial change order last week related to the construction of the Pre-K building near Luis Armijo Elementary.

    The issue pertains to the additional sidewalk needed for the new building to pass inspection. This is the second change order that the architect Ortega-Romero-Rodriguez Architects presented to the board regarding the building. The project involved construction of a new three-classroom facility near Armijo Elementary.

  • Former PRC commissioner jailed again

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former state Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr., who recently resigned after pleading guilty to felony charges, is in a Santa Fe jail again.

    Jail records show that Block was booked at 12:11 p.m. Monday on a remand order, indicating he violated a condition of his release.

    It is the second time Block has been jailed for violating a condition of his release.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 16, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Nov. 10 — It is more than likely that Las Vegas and the surrounding country will soon be embalmed for future glory upon the films of the Thomas A. Edison Moving Picture company. Frank L. Hough, a representative of the company, is here and will spend several days investigating into the advisability of bringing his corps of actors and photographers here. In conversation with a representative of The Optic this morning Mr. Hough said that his company had been making some films in Colorado.