Today's News

  • Marijuana rejected as remedy for N.M. opiate addicts

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s top health official has rejected state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommendations to add opiate dependence and Alzheimer’s disease to the list of conditions that qualify a person to legally buy medical marijuana.

  • Man, found deceased behind building, identified

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Las Vegas Police were called to a building where a man’s body had been discovered Monday afternoon by passers-by.

    The body of a man, later identified as Ruben Ulibarri, 52, of Las Vegas, was discovered behind an industrial building near the intersection of 12th Street and National Avenue.

    Ulibarri’s cause of death will be determined by the state’s medical investigator. Police said there were no signs of blunt trauma or other foul play at the scene.

  • Weather - June 16, 2017


    HIGH 93° / LOW 55°
    Sunny, with a high near 93. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Friday night — mostly clear, with a low around 55.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:18 p.m.


    HIGH 94° / LOW 54°
    Sunny, with a high near 94. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Saturday night — mostly clear, with a low around 54.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:19 p.m.

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  • Highlands to offer High School Equivalence Test

    Submitted to the Optic

    Highlands University begins offering New Mexico HiSET, a high school equivalency exam on June 21 and June 22 at the main campus.

    The Highlands Office of Academic Support will offer the test, which is also scheduled at Highlands for July 5 to July 6 and Aug. 9 to Aug. 10. Tentative fall testing dates include Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, Nov. 8 and Nov. 9, and Dec. 7 and Dec. 8.

  • Que Pasa - June 16, 2017


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  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - June 16, 2017

    To counteract a chronic problem of hunger among Las Vegans, the East and West Las Vegas school districts have   begun to offer nutritious meals — breakfast and lunch. The meals are free. And better yet, the schools offer low-cost meals for adults as well. The cost for these meals is $3.75. The Las Vegas City Schools’ program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the state Children, Youth and Families Department sponsors the program for West.


  • Editorial Cartoon - June 16, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Looking for the good in New Mexico’s reputation

    New Mexico is gambling with its future, in more ways than one.

    Thanks to a quick little special session, the state now has a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year, higher education has its funding restored and no new taxes were imposed on the citizenry.

    Of course, all that didn’t leave much of a reserve, but that’s a chance our governor decided to take.

    New Mexico is now like the family that spends all their money just paying the monthly bills, socking away nothing for savings or investing except for their change jar.

  • New life for field

    From NMHU and Optic reports

    New Mexico Highlands University will have a new football field thanks in large part to a couple with a long history of giving to Las Vegas and the university.

    Leveo Sanchez and his wife Patricia donated $500,000 to replace the football field along with another $100,000 to renovate the Stu Clark athletics building.