Today's News

  • NM ranking on child welfare falls to 49

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico has fallen to 49th in the country for overall child welfare, according to an annual ranking by a nonprofit group.

    Only Mississippi fared worse than New Mexico in the 2012 Kids Count Data Book released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

  • Looking Back - July 27, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 27, 2012

    Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally this weekend

    The seventh annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally will run from Friday through Sunday. For a schedule of events at the three-day rally, see Page C8.

  • Weather - July 27, 2012

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. South wind 5-10 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.


  • Spanish Market 2012 - Needlework master embraces centuries-old tradition

    Local needlework master and traditional artist Beatrice Maestas Sandoval is returning to this year’s Traditional Spanish Market after taking a one-year hiatus.

    Maestas Sandoval will be one of a handful of local artists showing at this year’s 61st annual Traditional Spanish Market on Saturday and Sunday at the Santa Fe Plaza.

    More than 350 artists display and sell their traditional art forms for the annual market that includes other activities such as art demonstrations, live music, dancers and regional foods.

  • In Brief - News - July 27, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Obama: No new gun legislation

    WASHINGTON — Even as the issue of guns shifts to the forefront of the presidential campaign, the White House and the Senate’s top Democrat made it clear Thursday that new gun legislation will not be on the political agenda this year. Instead, President Barack Obama intends to focus on other ways to combat gun violence — a position not unlike that of his rival, Mitt Romney.

  • Auditions coming up for Missoula Theatre production

    The audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 6 at Ilfeld Auditorium on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

  • Que Pasa - July 27, 2012

    • Seventh Annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally, on Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29. For a schedule of events see page C8 in today’s Optic.

    • Vado de Juan Paiz Acequia Association meeting, 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 29 at the old fire department in Anton Chico, N.M. Fore more information, contact Lisa Gallegos at 429-2079.


  • Noticias - July 27, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Las Vegas Juvenile Justice Continuum Board meets at 3:30 p.m. on the 4th Thursday of the month at the CYFD office on Ridgerunner Road. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Yolanda at 617-0483 or Teresa at 425-3543.
    • San Miguel County Family and Community Health Council meets at 10 a.m. on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Public Health Office on Gallegos Road. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Yolanda at 617-0483.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - July 27, 2012

    THUMBS UP! UNDER BUDGET. Good news for Las Vegas and its City Council — Finance Director Pamela Marrujo told councilors last week that the city ended its fiscal year in the black. General fund expenses alone came in about $800,000 under budget, while general fund revenues were $351,000 over budget. That’s the kind of year-end report we like to see.