Today's News

  • NM lawmakers well compensated

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers were paid a combined $2.3 million last year for expenses, travel and other costs in what marked a 25 percent increase over the previous comparable legislative session.

    New Mexico is the only state in the nation where lawmakers receive no salary for their work, but taxpayers foot the bill for their mileage, meals and travel and other work expenses.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 10, 2016

    New mental health hospital pushed

    LAS CRUCES — A new report recommends adding 30 new hospital beds in southern New Mexico for adults with severe mental illness.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the study recommends partnering with a provider to take such patients while a new $15.5 million public facility is built in Dona Ana County.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 10, 2016
  • Weather - Feb. 10, 2016


    HIGH 67° / LOW 29°

    Sunny, with a high near 67. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night —
    mostly clear, with a low around 29. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

    6:53 a.m. to 5:37 p.m.



  • Fort Union Monument to host resume workshops

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fort Union National Monument, announces recruitment seminars at several local towns to acquaint local applicants with federal hiring websites and procedures.   

    “We are delighted to announce that we are recruiting for summer jobs performing maintenance and ruins preservation with the National Park Service. This is a great opportunity for local craftspeople and laborers to begin an exciting career with Las Vegas’ backyard national park” said Superintendent Charles Strickfaden.  

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 10, 2016


    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.


    5:30 to 8 p.m.

  • Noticias - Feb. 10, 2016

    Submit your
    calendar items and notices to…
    •Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.

    •The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are at 6 p.m. every third Thursday in Faith Hall.

  • Editorial cartoon - February 10, 2016
  • Pass DWI legislation

    Three bills aimed at enhancing penalties for repeat DWI offenders have cleared the House and are now in the hands of the Senate.

    • House Bill 81 would make it a fourth-degree felony to be charged with a DWI while driving with a license that has already been revoked or suspended because of a prior DWI offense. The bill would also increase penalties for individuals who lend their vehicles to someone with a suspended or revoked license due to DWI.

  • Work of Art: And as for you . . .

    My son, a resident of Copenhagen, Denmark, for several years, often finds time to skim American-English newspapers, excerpts of which he forwards to me and to Facebook friends on this side of the Atlantic.

    Has Adam picked up an affliction from his dad? I thought I was the only one in the family to sit mesmerized after observing something that’s strangely worded.