Today's News

  • Reclaimed water now available

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The City of Las Vegas will allow the public to get reclaimed water from the reclaimed water stand pipe at the Utility Services Center at 905 12th Street.

    Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost of the water is $1.25 per 1000 gallons and an additional $.50 charge per trip.

  • Black History Month

    Highlands University senior Kylee Norman writes on a dream board Feb. 12 at the university’s Student Center in honor of Black History Month.

  • Wrestling at nationals

    New Mexico Highlands University 149-pounder Reis Humphrey placed fourth in last month's NCAA Division II West super regional at the Wilson Complex.

    He was set to compete in this weekend’s national championship tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Check lasvegasoptic.com and Wednesday’s print edition for coverage.

  • Luna baseball wins two to end nine-game skid

    The Luna Community College baseball team is opening conference play this weekend with a series at Odessa College.

    Luna most recently broke a nine-game losing streak after beating University of the Southwest JV 9-7 and 16-12 on the weekend of March 2-3.

    The Rough Riders entered the weekend 6-12 on the year.

    J.R. Maldonado and Wellington Balsley each had two hits in game one.

    Jared Gonzalez added two RBI with Eric Alvarado hitting a double.

    James Ramos took the win with Manny Cachora had the save.

  • #meToo: Men can just listen

    In 2003, filmmaker Michael Moore spoke to an enthusiastic, supportive crowd, mostly University of New Mexico students, at Albuquerque’s Popejoy Hall. He took some questions, including one about abortion.

    Moore opined that he regularly “exercises his right shut the (expletive) up,” and lets women make their own decisions about their bodies and physical and mental health.

    There are plenty of helpful tasks men can complete to help further the“#MeToo” movement. One of those tasks is to be quiet and listen.

  • Find your destiny here in New Mexico

    As Aristotle is purported to have said, “Where your talents and the world’s needs meet, there you will find your destiny.”      

    This year three women who have found their destiny in New Mexico each received $1000 from the Las Vegas branch of the American Association of University Women, which annually awards scholarships to nontraditional female students studying at Highlands University.

  • Unhappy people produce unhappy people

    By Rick Kraft

    One crab in a bucket without a lid will climb up the side of the bucket and escape. If there are two or more crabs in the bucket, there is no need for a lid.

    You see, a single crab will see the opportunity of escape above and will climb upwards and succeed in reaching the top. You need to put a lid or cover on the top of the bucket to keep the single crab from getting out. If you have two or more crabs in the bucket, you need no lid. None of the crabs will be able to escape.

  • Symbols, statues, ‘taking a knee,’ and Oñate’s foot

    For the last 29 years of my teaching career, I taught social anthropology in an international school. Our students came from as many as 85 different nations; the ethnic mix of students.

    What I faced in each new class was unpredictable and often presented new challenges in communication. Along with my students, I constantly faced the task of finding mutual understanding among people from very diverse backgrounds, apparently randomly thrown together.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 11, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 11, 2018.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 11, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 11, 2018.