Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 15, 2013

    • LCC at Western Oklahoma, noon, Altus, Okla.
    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Mesa, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Raton, 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Wagon Mound boys at Maxwell, 6:30 p.m., Maxwell
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • LCC in Midland Classic, TBA, Midland, Texas


  • Ballpark beer sales proposed

    The city is moving forward with plans to allow beer to be served at Rodriguez Park complex during professional baseball games, carrying through with one of the prerequisites for getting the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs to field a team in Las Vegas.

    The City Council tonight is slated to vote on whether to publish a revamped drinking in public ordinance that would allow beer to be served and consumed at Rodriguez Park.

  • Valentine’s Day treats - Rain Stixx ladies prepare goodies

    The Rain Stixx ladies have been keeping their chocolates flowing in preparation for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday.

    Gail Rains, April Rains-Hoogerhuies, Betty Joe Gallegos, and Crystall Rains have been busy creating the edible creations for special orders for the day of love.

    They make various sweet confections including their namesake Rain Stixx –— chocolate dipped pretzels and popular chocolate dipped strawberries.

  • Baseball bat attack leads to charges

    Authorities earlier this month arrested a 19-year-old Sapello woman on child abuse and aggravated battery charges stemming from a Jan. 4 incident in which an underage girl was beaten with a baseball bat.

    Las Vegas Police obtained an arrest warrant for Rheanne M. Parks in January, but Parks wasn’t apprehended until Feb. 2. Parks was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center, but according to online court records she has since bonded out.

  • Revenue outlook for state unclear

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration are at odds over the state’s revenue outlook.
    The Department of Finance and Administration reported Monday that there’s no reason to change the most recent revenue forecast calling for the state to have about $283 million available for budget increases and to offset any tax cuts in the next fiscal year.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 13, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 13, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. this Wednesday in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Love Waves” by Rosemary Wells. Story Time is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Feb. 13, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 45. Calm wind, becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20. Southwest wind around 10 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.


  • Correction - Feb. 13, 2013

    A story in Friday’s Optic erroneously reported that the Feb. 1 house fire in Mora County was at the home of Manuel Martinez. The fire burned the Patrick Martinez home.

  • Resignation leaves church scrambling

    By Nicole Winfield and Victor L. Simpson
    The Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict VXI did Monday what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, announcing his resignation and sending the already troubled Catholic Church scrambling to replace the leader of its 1 billion followers by Easter.