Today's News

  • Council: New Animal Coalition contract placed on agenda

    A long-awaited longer contract between the City of Las Vegas and the organization that runs one of the few animal shelters in northern New Mexico has been completed and is up for City Council approval this week.

  • School nurses provide more than first aid

    By Dave Kavanaugh, For the Optic

    “Honestly, every day is different. You never really know what is going to happen on any given day,” Tara Grano said about her job as a school nurse for the Early Childhood Center, Memorial Middle School and Robertson High School.

    While many in the public may have a preconceived notion of the school nurse performing a job of quiet routine, the reality can be quite different.

  • West Las Vegas discusses testing, security issues

    The West Las Vegas Board of Education received details of a 90-day improvement plan for Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary, Union Street Elementary and West Las Vegas High School at its regular board meeting Thursday night.

    New Mexico schools are issued yearly grades from the state’s Public Education Department using an A through F letter grade system. Last month, the board heard improvement plans from principals of the district’s other schools, but Angelo Archuleta, principal at Don Cecilio, Union and WLV High School, was out of town receiving certification.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Oct. 14, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 3 and Oct. 10, 2018:

  • Memorial Middle School celebrates students of the month

    Memorial Middle School recently honored its September Students of the Month. Seventh graders Christian Larrañaga and Constance Brainerd and eighth graders Penelope Weber and Noah Ortiz.

  • Partnership aims to increase success for fourth- through eighth-graders

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Pojoaque Valley Public Schools, Los Alamos National Laboratory and New Mexico Highlands launched a Regional Partnership School initiative Sept. 26 aimed at supporting improved teaching and learning.

    The innovative partnership is the first of its kind in New Mexico to combine a school district, a major employer and a university teacher education program. It focuses on increasing success for youths in grades 4 through 8.

  • Luna Robot Rodeo a hit with area students

    By Dave Kavanaugh, Luna Community College

    When it comes to designing and programming a robot, even the slightest adjustment can have a significant impact on its performance.

    That’s one of the lessons learned by several dozen students from high schools across northeastern New Mexico who converged on the Luna Community College campus Oct. 6 for the first robot rodeo.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — Oct. 15 through 19

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

  • Completing 60 trips around the sun

    Today I change the tens digit on my age. It is my birthday! I have made it 60 times around the sun.

    Yet despite six decades in the rear view mirror, I look forward to my years ahead and I believe the best is yet to come!

    Although my birth certificate shows I am 60 years old, I have actually experienced 64.4 years of life. More on this later.

    Today is the youngest I will ever be for the rest of my life. Today is also the wisest I have ever been since I was born. Both of these concepts come together for today.

  • Don’t misrepresent yourself

    Mired in Brett Kavanaugh’s recent Supreme Court confirmation hearings were disputes about incidents and characterizations about what the man had done decades ago, and how he conducted himself.

    The hearings became as much about whether Kavanaugh was telling the truth as it was about the facts of his life.