Today's News

  • Romney gaffes contrast with Obama in 2008

    By Robert H. Reid
    The Associated Press

    BERLIN — The British were offended, the Palestinians accused him of racism and even in friendlier Poland, Mitt Romney’s union policies drew criticism from the current leaders of the movement that toppled Communism.

    Romney’s visit to Britain, Israel and Poland was never expected to produce the same media frenzy as then-candidate Barack Obama’s extravagant, eight-country tour of 2008.

  • Economic train wreck may lie ahead

    Editor’s Notes: With 94 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today’s highlights in U.S. politics.

    By Tom Raum
    The Associated Press

    A “fiscal cliff” of steep tax increases and deep spending cuts scheduled to begin next year looms darkly over the presidential race.

    While both parties blame the other, almost nobody thinks President Barack Obama and Congress can resolve the impasse before the Nov. 6 election.

  • Lemon grass: What it is and how to use it

    By J.M. HIRSCH
    AP Food Editor

    It may look and sound like a weed, but lemon grass actually is one of the most important ingredients in Southeast Asian cooking.

    It also happens to have the power to transform the all-American foods you love.

    Lemon grass is a reed-like plant that grows as a thin, firm 2-foot stalk with a small bulb at the base. It varies in color from pale yellow to very light green.

  • Blending best of both tasty treats

    By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    School often starts when kids still have summer on the brain. So these easy-to-make bars have summer in mind, too.

    We aimed for a simple snack with the flavor of s’mores, but with the texture, ease and portability of puffed rice treats.

    We ended up with a layer of marshmallow-rich crushed graham crackers topped with chocolate. To make things interesting, we turned them into peanut butter s’mores bars. But if your kids aren’t peanut butter inclined, just leave it out.

  • Concert to kick-off Heritage Week 2012

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Territorial Brass Band is returning to Las Vegas. Starting at 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at Plaza Park. This concert will launch Las Vegas Heritage Week, 2012.

    Listen to the antique and reproduction instruments as the band performs ballads, dance tunes, and patriotic songs of the Union and Confederate Armies regimental bands of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Their newly acquired uniforms are from the turn of the century, unlike the earlier Civil War period outfits.

  • Man gets 9 years for slaying

    One of the two men charged with beating another man to death in April 2011 was sentence to prison last month after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

    Richard Vigil Sr., 48, of the 600 block of East Jackson, has been sentenced to nine years in prison. District Judge Matthew Sandoval imposed the sentence during a hearing on July 17. The court order documenting the sentence was filed in district court last week.

    Vigil will get credit for the time he has already spent behind bars. After he finishes serving his time, he will be on parole for two years.

  • Building Success: Native successful in ‘other’ Vegas

    As a kid, she sold wild spinach. Now, she is the proud co-owner of a successful construction consulting firm in Las Vegas, Nev.

    It goes without saying that Felicia Ortiz, a 1996 graduate of Robertson High School, has had an entrepreneurial spirit since she was a child, and that same drive still roars in her.

  • County ends fiscal year on good note

    A combination of increased revenues and conservative spending helped San Miguel County finish las fiscal year with about $300,000 more in its general fund account.

    Melinda Gonzales, who oversees the county’s finances, said that has left the county in a better position than it had been anticipating. The county had projected that it would begin the fiscal year with a $1.8 million cash balance in its general fund, but it actually had $2.1 million.

    The new fiscal year began July 1.

  • No tax on some buys this weekend

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico shoppers receive a tax break on purchases of some clothing, shoes, school supplies and computers starting Friday and continuing through the weekend.

  • Looking Back - August 1, 2012

    In 1962