Today's News

  • Senior Lunch Menu — July 23, 2017

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals. Menu for July 24 to June 28.

    Breakfast: Scrambled egg, croissant, yogurt, apple juice, and peanut butter
    Lunch: Teriyaki chicken, fried rice, vegetables, crackers, and peanut butter cookie

    Breakfast: Cereal, juice, English muffin and peanut butter
    Lunch: Beef and cheese red chile enchilada, pinto beans, Spanish rice, and vanilla pudding


  • Chavez named financial aid director at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Susan Chavez knows firsthand the power financial aid has to help achieve a higher education. Most of her 11 siblings completed degrees — thanks in part to financial support in New Mexico.

    Chavez, a Bloomfield native, is the new financial aid director for New Mexico Highlands University.

  • Que Pasa - July 23, 2017


    July 24
    The Las Vegas Municipal Court re-open on Monday, July 24.

    July 24
    The New Mexico Highlands University Swimming pool will be offering swim lessons for children ages four and older starting July 24. The lessons will run Monday through Thursday at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at a cost of $30 for eight lessons. Registration is currently taking place until Monday, July 24 before each session. For more information, call 454-3073.

    Upcoming & Ongoing

  • Single-payer has benefit for most

    By Craig Abalos of the Roswell Daily Record — originally published July 13.

    Even the most passionate pro-business advocates would be hard-pressed to disagree with that. As a culture, perhaps even as a species, we tend to value stalwart ideals.

    We appreciate strength and consistency far more than we do the less tangible characteristics of gracefulness and adaptability. Throughout history, mankind has often clung to the old ways despite overwhelming evidence that doing so might spell disaster.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 23, 2017
  • Just a Thought: Let’s stop avoiding ‘I don’t have time for that’

    By Rick Kraft

    How often do we say “I don’t have time for that”? In reality, it is not really a time issue, it is a priority issue. What we really mean to say is “that” is not a priority to me.

    We are all creatures of habit. It would be interesting if you took out a sheet of paper and wrote down every one of your habits. You would likely fill a page with your repetitive actions.

  • Salazar is new chair of pension committee

    NOTE: This item was submitted to the Optic by the office of the New Mexico Legislature Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    As New Mexico’s inter- im   legislative committees begin their hearings, Rep.Tomás Salazar (D-San Miguel, Santa Fe, Torrance) is pleased as he opens the Investment Pensions and Oversight Committee as its new chairman.

  • Babbling Brooks - Great customer service should be the bare minimum

    There are plenty of businesses and government or nonprofit organizations providing fine customer service around Las Vegas. If you are a retail business owner who pays attention to nearly every detail and has a vested interest in growing the customer base, I salute you, and keep up the hard work that has got you to this point.

    However, if you’re the owner of one of the Vegas businesses in the following categories, I really hope you have younger new customers in mind, and I hope you can find the resources to improve in some key areas.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: In ‘50s, big-name rodeos performed here

    Ghosts,  — history ghosts — often pop up in my collection of “I wonder why I kept that.” Yes, I am a pack rat, and thankfully my kids continue to tell me not to throw anything away, particularly when it comes to our history as a family. I suspect that is why file cabinets were invented.

  • Dear Teacher - July 23, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My kids are already getting bored with summer vacation, please send me some boredom busters. — Avoiding Boredom

    Answer: It doesn’t take too long for children to lament, “I’m bored.” Here are some ideas to put more fun into the long summer holidays and possibly more learning.