Today's News

  • In Brief

    From Optic Staff and Wire

    Middleton fire fully contained
    GALLINAS — Authorities say a fire burning in the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico is fully contained after charring about 100 acres.

    Forest officials say the so-called Middleton fire began Monday night. It’s believed to have been started by a downed power line.

    The blaze has been burning ponderosa pine and mixed conifer about three miles northwest of Gallinas near Evergreen Valley.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Monday, Nov. 11 — Two well-known Las Vegas educators were injured Saturday night on South Highway 85 when their car reportedly hit a parked car near Las Vegas. Mrs. Ruth Shaffer, Robertson High School English teacher, was transferred to an Albuquerque hospital today in uncertain condition. St. Anthony's Hospital reported that Miss Mary Fulgenzi, recently retired as girls' counselor at Robertson, is in good condition there.

  • Looking Ahead

    Learn about native plants Sunday

    An interpretive talk on “New Mexico Native Plants and Sustainable Design” by Judith Phillips. will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, located on Highway 281 east of Las Vegas. For more information, call Linda Kelly at 454-9452 or Jan Arrott at 454-6115.

  • Weather

    Sunny, with a high near 64. Windy, with a west wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.


  • FYI - News

    New Mexico’s two fastest-growing cities flank the state’s largest city of Albuquerque. U.S. Census figures show Rio Rancho grew by more than 69 percent between 2000 and 2010, while Los Lunas grew by nearly 48 percent. Rio Rancho also outstripped Santa Fe for the title of New Mexico's third largest city, with a population of 87,000. Santa Fe fell to fourth place with about 68,000 residents.

  • East’s fiscal mistakes

    We thought the first big test of the new Las Vegas City Schools board members would be the hiring of the next superintendent. We were wrong. The first big test is in how the school board is going to handle the latest news that the district is two years behind on its audits.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 28, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Reasons to believe

    “Struck me kinda funny, seemed kind of funny sir to me,
    How at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe.”
    — From the song “Reason to Believe” by Bruce Springsteen

    If you’re starting to think that the world is going to hell in a hand basket, I suggest you pick up last week’s Time magazine. There’s a series of articles in there that may lift your spirits considerably.

  • Living legend
  • Noticias - March 28, 2011

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

    • The Justin J. Roper Memorial Scholarship applications are available. The scholarship is open to West Las Vegas seniors. Applications are now available at the West Las Vegas High School counselor’s office. Application deadline is April 29.