Today's News

  • Alta Vista earns reaccreditation

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has been reaccredited by The Joint Commission, one of the leading agencies for quality and operating standards among health care providers.

    Meanwhile, the hospital’s surgical department reopened on Monday, roughly a week after a heating and cooling unit broke, causing flooding and forcing the closure of the unit.

  • Lawmakers convene to resolve budget crisis

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico lawmakers kicked off a 60-day legislative session Tuesday and took aim at closing the state’s large budget gap and finding enough money to maintain critical government services.

  • Playing in the snow
  • In Brief - News - Jan. 18, 2017

    The Associated Press

    30 percent of NM kids in poverty
    SANTA FE — More New Mexico children now have health insurance and fewer teens are abusing alcohol and drugs, but there has been little improvement when it comes to measuring the economic well-being of families.

    The Albuquerque-based advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children released its annual Kids Count Data Book on Tuesday as the Legislature embarked on a 60-day session.

  • Weather - Jan. 18, 2017


    HIGH 48° / LOW 25°
    Sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night — mostly clear, with a low around 25.
    7:09 a.m. to 5:14 p.m.


    HIGH 53° / LOW 29°
    Sunny, with a high near 53. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
    7:08 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.


  • Prof solos in premiere of Los Bufones Musical

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University music professor is a lead vocal soloist in the premiere of Los Bufones, a melodic new concert theater piece, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

    André García-Nuthmann, a tenor, will sing in the Albuquerque production that portrays court life during the Spanish King Philip IV’s reign from 1605 to 1665 as depicted in the paintings of Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. The production runs at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 to Jan. 21 and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22.

  • Noticias - Jan. 18, 2017

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

    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 for more information.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 18, 2017

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    7 p.m.
    The El Creston MDWCA Board will hold a special board meeting at 49 Mirasol Drive. The meeting is open and all are welcome to attend.

    4 to 6 p.m.

  • Government secrecy

    State lawmakers will have their hands full this legislative session, figuring out how to plug a projected $69 million budget deficit for the current fiscal year while simultaneously coming up with a budget for next fiscal year.

    With all that needs to be accomplished over the next 60 days, we’re disappointed that a key Senate leader has chosen this time to launch an  attack against the state law that currently makes it clear that the people are entitled to the greatest amount of information possible about their government.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 18, 2017