Today's News

  • Census: NM ranks 5th in proportion of gay couples

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico has the fifth-highest proportion of same-sex couples in the nation and over ten years has seen a 73 percent jump in households identifying as same-sex couples, according to a new analysis of census figures.

    The report said 9.8 out of every 1,000 New Mexico households are headed by same-sex couples with most located in the northern part of the state.

  • In Brief - News

    From The Associated Press

    Gov. pushing school proposal

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is finding out that nailing down a legislator’s support is a tricky assignment.

    The Republican governor announced Monday she’ll ask lawmakers in a special session next week to approve a measure to stop third-graders from moving to the fourth grade if they aren’t proficient in reading.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 31, 2011

    In 1911

    Thursday, Aug. 31 — Paul Wicar, the young Italian laborer, who was recently bound over to the grand jury on a charge of assaulting a young native with a dangerous weapon, has been ordered released from jail on a bond of $200 by Judge Roberts. Wicar was arrested some time ago. His bond was fixed at a much higher figure. Wicar was about to institute habeas corpus proceedings when he was given a hearing by the judge. He is employed on the construction of the Las Vegas sewer system.

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 31, 2011

    Story Time at Carnegie is Wednesday

    Story Time at Carnegie Library will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Planting the Wild Garden” by Kathryn O. Galbraith. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Aug. 31, 2011

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.


  • Correction - News Aug. 31, 2011

    A story in Monday’s Optic on the man who will be standing trial in his grandmother’s death contained an error. Paragraph 10 of the story should have said that Ryan Garcia allegedly hit another of his relatives over the head with a pipe.

  • Bean Day 101 this weekend in Wagon Mound

    By Ron Luebke
    Wagon Mound Bean Day Association

    While the rest of the U.S. celebrates Labor Day, in Wagon Mound, N.M. many gather for “Bean Day,” a time for celebrating the annual harvest and a way of life that has existed in Wagon Mound for more than 100 years.  

  • Cleveland Mill Fest this weekend in Mora County

    Submitted to the Optic

    More than 50 artists from New Mexico are scheduled to participate at the Cleveland Millfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this weekend. There will also be native foods and baked goods, fruits and produce and continuous musical entertainment at the two-day event on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4 at the Cleveland Roller Mill Museum.

    The museum is located just off NM Hwy. 518 two miles north of Mora, near the village of Cleveland.  

  • Nomination being accepted for preservation awards

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation invites the public to nominate persons and businesses that have significantly improved their buildings this past year for CCHP’s annual preservation awards.     

    Awards and recognition will be given for renovations, restorations and general improvements of historic homes and buildings throughout Las Vegas. Recognition may also be given to individuals who have made a significant impact on preservation in Las Vegas.

  • Noticias - Aug. 31, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • Habitat for Humanity in Las Vegas is about to start a new house. They build affordable homes for low-income families. If you are interested in helping with the next house (or in some other way), contact them at  454-4434 or habitatlv @gmail.com. They are looking for volunteers of any skill level.