Today's News

  • Looking Back - Aug. 24, 2016

    In 1966
    Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1966 — Mayor Ben Lingnau hastened the decision of the city council Monday night to place sufficient warning and school crossing signs at the north and south ends of Grand Avenue. Although the State Highway Commission indicated that the school crossing signs were adequate, it also explained that the commission was open for suggestions. “Like the commission said, they are open for suggestions,” said Bill Elias, councilman, “but we don’t have time to wait fo

  • Rodeo time in Pecos
  • Que Pasa - Aug. 24, 2016


    6 p.m.
    Western Civilization History 101 class will begin at 6 p.m. at El Valle Community Center in Villanueva, behind the Post Office. Instructor Laura Gonzales-Meredith requests  anyone interested register at Luna Community College and/or online. Call the center at 575-421-0808 or email patriciagallegos2016@gmail.com for more information.


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • Noticias - Aug. 24, 2016

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

    • The “Si Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the NA helpline: 1-866-885-6562 or Frances at 575-815-8544.

  • DOJ decision a milestone

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was originally published on Sunday.

    The Justice Department’s decision to begin phasing out the use of private prisons is at once a milestone in criminal justice reform and an acknowledgment that the benefits of privatizing government functions were greatly oversold.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 24, 2016
  • Work of Art: Too much punnishment

    When people laugh at a pun, they’re really just being polite, and it’s possible the ones who laughed didn’t catch the word play. But when someone groans, well, that’s the sign of a clever pun with the added message that the groaner “got it,” as in caught on.

    A pun, according to the dictionary, is “a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.”

  • fall sports - Kickoff 2016 - composite schedule

    Wednesday, Aug. 24
    • Mora Middle School at Questa, 4 p.m., Questa

    Thursday, Aug. 25
    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., RHS field
    • West Las Vegas (A,B) at Mora, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym

    Friday, Aug. 26
    • Robertson vs. Estancia, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas at Clayton, 7 p.m., Clayton

    Saturday, Aug. 27

  • Area students still struggling

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    New Mexico student test scores are up across the state, but less than a third of students remain proficient or better in reading and math, according to results released Thursday.

  • Living Legend - Apodaca to be featured on TV program

    She may be a few years short of a century, but Antonia Apodaca continues to shine through her music.

    Apodaca, 93, will soon hit the television airwaves for a celebration of New Mexico Hispanic Folk Art. The Rociada native and Las Vegas resident, Apodaca, will be one of the artists featured in KNME’s presentation of Nuestra Música show airing from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on channel 5.