Today's News

  • In Brief - News - May 25, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Missile destroyed
    LAS CRUCES— Living near a missile testing range comes with its share of unexplained oddities.
    For Las Cruces residents on Thursday, those included twisting, vertical contrails in the sky and a brief highway closure.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the strange contrails above the Organ Mountains were left by a missile that was destroyed when a test flight went wrong at White Sands Missile Range.

  • Public defender gets $400K loan

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico public defender’s office will be able to continue providing legal representation to hundreds of people across the state after the state Board of Finance approved a $400,000 loan for the office.

    The emergency money approved Thursday will allow contract lawyers to be paid to represent the poor and juveniles, and it will be doled out as reimbursements are sought. The office will be required to pay back the money over the next two fiscal years.

  • Fond farewell
  • Students of the month - May 25
  • Que Pasa - May 25, 2015

    • A Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25 at Veterans Park on Mills Avenue, followed by a Flag Burning Ceremony at 1 p.m. at Elks Lodge at 2305 Collins Drive with refreshments. For more information, contact Karen Abeyta at karen.abeyta@state.nm.us.
    • San Miguel County Offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. The offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 26.
    • The Las Vegas Optic will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

  • Noticias - May 25, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Lions Club Glasses Collection Boxes are at the following locations. Banks: Southwest Capital, Community 1st, Douglas Ave and Legion Park; and Wells Fargo. State Employees Credit Union. Opticians’ offices: Wal-Mart, Eye Associates, Mills Ave; Insight Optical, Highway 518. Used glasses are repaired then donated to charity groups serving those in need around the world.

  • No special session

    It appears that the window for a special legislative session has come and gone, and that’s truly unfortunate, given what was at stake.

    Lawmakers adjourned the regular legislative session in March without approving a capital outlay package that would have provided more than $260 million in funding for capital improvement projects around the state. Entities in Las Vegas and San Miguel County were in line to receive more than $21 million in funding under one version of the capital outlay bill, while entities in Mora County were slated to get $255,000.

  • Editorial cartoons - May 25, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - A Norteño, sort of, moves to Roswell

    In recent months, I’ve found myself living and working in three different communities. Very different, but with one standout similarity.

    I’m talking about Las Vegas, Taos and Roswell, three New Mexico municipalities with their unique identities.

  • Robbers return

    In the summer of 2014, a record number of rainouts afflicted the Las Vegas Train Robbers, who led the Pecos League in games cancelled due to weather.

    Thursday’s scheduled home opener vs. Santa Fe met the same fate after showers drenched the Meadow City and left Henry Martinez Field at Rodriguez Park unplayable.

    It was the first of 10 home dates scheduled for the Train Robbers this season. The next is June 1 vs. the Trinidad Triggers.

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