Today's News

  • Weather - April 13, 2015

    Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 15-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.


  • Budget boosts education, child welfare spending

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed a $6.2 billion budget Thursday boosting spending for education, child welfare, public safety and economic development.

    “This is a responsible budget that invests heavily in creating jobs and educating our children,” Martinez said. The signing was held at IntelliCyt, a 42-employee Albuquerque company which produces tools to facilitate the study of cells.

  • In Brief - News - April 13, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Bills aim to boost film production

    A pair of bills signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez are designed to give a boost to the state’s already booming film industry.

    A measure signed Friday expands the state’s film incentive program to allow qualifying television pilot episodes to receive additional rebates.

    Television productions currently qualify for a 30 percent tax rebate on direct expenditures if they film at least six episodes. The new law would allow pilots to receive that level of rebate.

  • HU’s Donnelly Library holding used book sale

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Book lovers will have a chance to stock up on a wide variety of best sellers, classics and nonfiction at the Donnelly Library used book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

    Donnelly Library at Highlands University is adjacent to the Student Union Building. The book sale will be in the library’s first floor lobby.

    The books are priced to sell at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardbacks. On April 17 from noon to 4 p.m. bargain hunters can fill a bag of books for just $2.

  • Foster parent information meeting Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The public is invited to an information meeting  at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Traveler’s Café at 1814 Plaza to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

    Currently there are 45 children in the tri-county area in the foster care system. There is an urgent need for more foster parents in this community. 

  • Que Pasa - April 13, 2015


    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Never Say Boo to a Goose!” by Jakki Wood and Clare Beaton. Free and open to the public.

  • Noticias - April 13, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.

    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

    • 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.

  • Editorial: Secrets to a long life

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Concord (N.H.) Monitor and was originally published in that newspaper on April 8.

    What does it mean to live long and prosper? It’s worth thinking about as the baby boom generation heads into retirement and as their parents head into the final stages of life. More and more, people are bombarded with advice on how to stay healthy and vital. Often, it involves eating some sort of food (such as kale or berries) and not eating another kind of food (such as cake or bacon).

  • Dispatch New Mexico — Hemp, much like its cousin, making inroads to legalization

    One of the perks to having a column that runs in papers around the state is the feedback, especially through emails, that I receive from readers. Sometimes it surprises me what people get passionate about.

    Not long ago I wrote about some of the bills that passed New Mexico’s most recent legislative session, listing more than a dozen measures that passed — including one that caught the attention of a hemp enthusiast.

  • RHS netters prevail in Las Cruces

     Keeping the momentum going on their midseason winning streak, the Robertson tennis teams triumphed with a pair of tournament championships in Las Cruces over the weekend.

    Both boys’ and girls’ teams captured team titles, showing no significant signs of wear after a busy week of action.

    The Lady Cardinals defeated all five of their opponents, besting Centennial 3-1, Deming 4-0, Las Cruces High 4-0, Silver 4-0, and in the finals, tourney host Mayfield 3-1.