Today's News

  • Local Briefs - Nov. 11, 2011

    Optic Staff
    Local EMT caught in Albuquerque sex sting
    A man who worked for Superior Ambulance in Las Vegas for six months was fired after police busted him in an online sex sting, KOAT-TV is reporting.

    Citing the Albuquerque Police Department, the station is reporting that Christopher White was planning to pay teens for sex until he fell for an officer’s trap.

  • Free admission at some sites for Veterans Day

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Veterans Day means free admission at a number of recreation areas around New Mexico this weekend.

    That National Parks Service and the Bureau of Land Management are offering fee-free days Nov. 11 to 13.

    That means places like Carlsbad Caverns and many of the state's national forest recreation areas will be free all weekend.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 11, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7:
    Nicole Gallegos-Aragon, 28, failure to appear for forgery/ fraud charges
    Horacio Padilla, 26, mental health hold
    Angel Gonzales, 25, driving under the influence
    Crystal Gonzales, 28, bench warrant
    Leroy Crespin, 44, disorderly conduct, public nuisance
    Clarence Gutierrez , 50, assault, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer
    Petrolino Urioste, 45, driving under the influence

  • Looking Back - Nov. 11, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, Nov. 8 — The Republican party in New Mexico has carried the governor and every member of the state ticket to victory by a majority of 1,000 and upwards. A safe majority of both houses of the legislature will be Republican. The large majority of the county officers and district officers of the state will be Republican. The Fourth Judicial District gives the Republican candidates a majority of close to fourteen hundred and the whole county ticket of this county is elected by majorities ranging from 800 to 1,000.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 11, 2011

    Low-cost vaccination clinic this weekend

    A low-cost vaccination clinic for pets is being held from noon to 3 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at the Building Trades Building at Luna Community College. No appointment is necessary, though dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers.

  • Weather - Nov. 11, 2011

    Partly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-15 mph.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night with a low around 34.

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 54. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 11, 2011

    In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, San Miguel County, city of Las Vegas and most state and federal offices will be closed on Friday, as will the courts, local banks and State Employees Credit Union.

    Highlands, Luna and Las Vegas City Schools will all be open. West Las Vegas Schools’ central office is open.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! VETERANS DAY. On this day in which we honor our veterans, we’re also wrapping up our nearly decade-long “war” in Iraq. The president says our soldiers there should be home for the holidays. That’s cause for a great celebration, and the giving of sincere thanks. We’re happy for the service men and women who are returning home, and we’re grateful for your dedication to our nation.
    And for those who continue to serve, wherever you are, thanks to you as well. We are safer as a nation because of your best efforts.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 11, 2011
  • Veteran's Perspective: Our real national debt

    Google the term “National Debt” and you will quickly receive the search results for millions of websites.

    Most deal with the very serious issues of government overspending and the accumulation of more than two centuries of federal deficits. Yet very few bring up the biggest national debt of them all — that which America owes to her veterans.

    Today, Veterans Day, marks the perfect opportunity for us to take an historical audit on just how much this nation owes her heroes.