Today's News

  • Weather - Oct. 15, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 47. Southwest wind 10-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:07 a.m. to 6:25 p.m.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Oct. 15, 2014

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

  • Health officials urge hospitals to ‘think Ebola’

    By Emily Schmall and Nomaan Merchant
    The Associated Press

    DALLAS — Federal health officials on Monday urged the nation’s hospitals to “think Ebola” and launched a review of procedures for treating patients, while medical records showed that an infected Texas nurse repeatedly visited the room of a Liberian man as he was dying from the disease.

    The World Health Organization called the outbreak “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times.”

  • Student of the month
  • LCC Student Government begins winter coat drive

    Submitted to the Optic

    In 2013, the Luna Community College Student Government collected 150 pieces of winter clothing that were given away in the community. This year, the goal is to reach 200.

    Several boxes will be placed around campus for those wanting to give. Although the emphasis will be on coats, any type or article of cold weather clothing such as hats, gloves, and scarves is welcome.

    Items will be distributed in late November.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 15, 2014


  • Noticias - Oct. 15, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Samaritan House of Las Vegas in conjunction with the Las Vegas Skatepark Advocates are selling items to benefit the advocates group. If you would like to donate items, contact Brian Marquez at facebook.com/Lasvegasskateparkadvocates for pickup.

  • HU faculty deserve a say

    We haven’t always agreed with New Mexico Highlands University President Jim Fries. The move in recent years to institute double-digit tuition increases for the sake of not having the lowest tuition in the region never sit well with us.

    And it goes without saying that there is room for improvement at Highlands, especially when it comes to things like growing main campus enrollment and the delay in finding deans for the School of Education, School of Social Work and the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Editorial cartoon - Oct. 15, 2014
  • Work of Art — Can’t do without it

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Or is it the other way around? Doesn’t it happen that a new gadget we’d never dreamed of suddenly becomes a necessity we can’t be without?

    Let me explain:

    Not a tekkie by any means, I nevertheless felt stranded, branded, abandoned and empty-handed by the cell phone I forgot to take to my meeting Monday morning. And as evidence of my non-tekkieness, I didn’t join the gadget generation until later in the game. We didn’t get our cell phone until eight years ago.