Today's News

  • NMHU professor leads geoscience funding panel

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University geology professor will help lead a nationwide National Science Foundation panel to determine grant funding for geoscience research.

    Michael Petronis will serve at NSF’s Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities funding meeting earlier this month in Berkeley, Calif.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 27, 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 7:30 p.m.
    United World College-USA and Luna Community College students will participate in a panel to discuss “A World Divided: Understanding Global Conflict” at the Allied Health Lecture Hall on the LCC campus. For more information, contact Cindy Armijo at 454-2558 or carmijo@luna.edu.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 27, 2016
  • Facebook Fake news

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Free Press of Mankato (Minn.) and was originally published on Nov. 16.

    Facebook and Google have a “fake news” problem. Other people invent some sort of nonsense and scam social media and search engines into promoting it.

    It was particularly evident late in the presidential campaign. “You can text your vote and avoid the lines!” ‘’Trump wins popular vote!” ‘’Pope Francis endorses Trump!”

  • Straight from the City: ‘Waste not’

    Sludge. It’s really not a glamorous topic. But on the other hand, any farmer can tell you it’s the earthy things that are the most fertile.

    The city’s wastewater department is doing good things with sludge.

    Used to be, the sludge by-product of our wastewater treatment system was wet, and heavy, and city employees were hauling it out to the airport by semi truck to dump it, 12 to 20 times a week.

  • Ninjas runner-up in tourney

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas' Meadow City Soccer Club entered  two teams to the 31st Annual Gaylord Sheppard Memorial Tournament in Bernalillo on the weekend of Nov. 11-12, and brought home some hardware for their efforts.

    Coached by Ian Williamson, the U10 Ninjas were led by Aaron Doss (12 goals) and Theo Williamson (six goals), and dominated most of their division, outscoring their competition 20-4.  

  • U.S. men: Klinsmann out, Arena in for now

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — In a sign of just how much American soccer has grown up, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in the final round World Cup qualifying.

    Six days after a 4-0 loss at Costa Rica dropped the Americans to 0-2, Klinsmann was terminated after nearly 5 1/2 years during a meeting Monday at a Los Angeles hotel with U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati and Secretary General Dan Flynn.

  • Man gets 20 years in slayings

    The Mora County man who pleaded guilty to killing two people was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this week.

    Donald Valdez, 46, was sentenced on Monday to the maximum sentence allowed under the plea agreement he entered into with prosecutors on Sept. 12. District Judge Matthew Sandoval also ordered that Valdez serve 85 percent of his sentence, meaning that he must serve a minimum of 16 ½ years in prison before being eligible for release.

    Valdez will be given credit for the 13 months he has been locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Two seats on East board up for grabs

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board will be asking voters to approve an $11 million general obligation bond and a $2 million mill levy during the upcoming Feb. 7 school board elections. Voters will also be electing two school board members.

    The board seats on the ballot are currently held by board chairman Leroy Lujan and by two-term board member Gabriel Lucero. Both seats are for four-year terms that begin on March 1.

    Lujan, who has served on the board since August 2014, is seeking re-election.

  • Bring on the Christmas season - City ready for holidays

    Christmas is several weeks away, but the city is already bustling with holiday cheer. For several weeks the city of Las Vegas has been putting up holiday decorations throughout town, including banners on Mills Avenue and two large Christmas trees, one near Plaza Park and the other on Douglas Avenue and Seventh Street.

    City crews have also strung lights along trees in Plaza Park and Carnegie Library Park. Plaza and Bridge Street business have decorated their windows.