Today's News

  • Looking Back - March 25, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, March 24 — Tom Nitcznski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Nitcznski and junior at Robertson High School, has won an all-expenses paid trip to the United National Headquarters next June and July, by placing among the top winners in state competition in the United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth Essay Contest. The annual competition is sponsored annually by the Odd Fellows and Rebekkah Lodges of the nation. Nitcznski will leave for New York City in mid June for the three-weeks’ trip.

  • Looking ahead - News - March 25, 2015

    AAUW book sale set for Friday, Saturday
     The AAUW Annual Used Book Sale will now be held March 27 and 28 at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands campus. The sale starts at 10 a.m. both days and goes until 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. More books have come in since the snow and there are great reading books at low prices.

  • Weather - March 25, 2015

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming west in the afternoon. A slight chance of rain and snow showers before midnight, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 26. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.

  • In Brief - News - March 25, 2015

    The Associated Press

  • Pecos historical park to host Civil War events

    Submitted to the Optic

    Pecos National Historical Park is set to come alive with the tension and noise of the Civil War in the West, complete with artillery demonstrations, music by a fife and drum corps, a look at period military medicine, and the chance to interact with costumed interpreters who demonstrate both camp and homefront life.

  • Noticias - March 25, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • 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 every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • Que Pasa - March 25, 2015

    • The Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association will hold its annual membership coffee from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 25 at 769 Diane Ave. All women golfers are welcome. For more information, call 425-6003.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” as told by Iza Trapani. Free and open to the public.


  • Editorial cartoon - March 25, 2015
  • Tax hike a bad idea

    San Miguel County commissioners will decide on Monday whether to hike gross receipts taxes throughout the county by a quarter cent.

    The increase would generate about $880,000 in new revenue for the county and cost everyone buying goods and services here an extra 25 cents on a $100 purchase.

    We’re sympathetic to the economic realities that San Miguel County is facing. But trying to balance the county’s books on the backs of San Miguel County residents who can least afford it is not the answer.

  • Work of Art: Having pie on Pi Day

    My friend, Bruce Wertz, often reminds me of the Frank Sinatra song (or movie), “A pocketful of miracles,” but in Bruce’s case it’s “A pocketful of trivia.”

    Yes, after church, during treat time, he’ll hand me a soon-to-be raisin and ask why John Steinbeck would have anything to do with it. Before I attempt an answer, he blurts out, “It’s a Grape of Wrath.”