Today's News

  • Decision 2018: Governor candidates

    MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM, Democratic Party Nominee

    1. You could be serving New Mexicans in any of a variety of capacities. Which factors led to your decision to run for governor in particular?
    Governors have the power to drive real change at the state level. I’ve served under three different governors from both parties, and know how the vision, leadership, and policies of these administrations have the power to shape our state’s future.

  • Decision 2018: N.M. Lieutenant Governor candidate

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Democrat Howie Morales and his representatives did not respond to the Optic questionnaire.


  • Decision 2018: N.M. House District 40 candidates

    TWEETI BLANCETT, Independent

  • Decision 2018: N.M. Attorney General candidates

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Incumbent Attorney General Hector Balderas and Libertarian Candidate A. Blair Dunn and their representatives did not respond to the Optic questionnaire.


  • Decision 2018: N.M. Land Commissioner candidates

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Libertarian Candidate Michael G. Lucero and Republican candidate Patrick Lyons and their representatives did not respond to the Optic questionnaire.


  • HU revitalizes its campus with public art

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands is revitalizing its main campus through public artwork, thanks to the state’s Art in Public Places Program.

    Ten artworks, ranging from soaring outdoor sculptures to stoneware pottery and a series of bird paintings, are being installed throughout the university.

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, October 19, 2018

    Saturday, Oct. 20
    The City of Las Vegas Museum will host its second annual Historic Halloween from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year’s Historic Halloween will focus on the history and geography of the Santa Fe Trail. The Historic Halloween is a family-friendly event, combining education and enjoyment. Visitors will be led on a guided trick-or-treat tour through the exhibits that will include candy, crafts and prizes.

    Friday, Oct. 26-Sunday, Oct. 28

  • Noticias, Friday, October 19, 2018
    • Poets needed for Telepoem Booth, a vintage phone booth that the public can dial-a-poem to hear a recording through the receiver. This co-created public art piece has just opened in Santa Fe and a Las Vegas Telepoem Booth will open at the end of this year. Local poets are need to record poems for the Las Vegas Telepeom Booth. Contact Elizabeth Hellstern at 928-814-2124 or visit telepoembooth.com.
    • Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. For information, call 425-2687.
  • Can the Golden Rule be applied to elections?

    The other day I overheard an argument between friends over two particular candidates for the same office. One is the incumbent, so the question was posed, “What’s he done for us?”

    I’ll leave out the particulars — which candidates and which race — because I don’t want to water down my larger point. I’ve heard that sort of question a hundred times through the years when talking politics, and I’ll bet you have too.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, October 19

    With all that’s going on this fall, it’s never too early for young women in our area to be thinking about the next Reina de Las Vegas competition, and whether to enter in the late spring. While participation in the event has waned in recent years, there is still a longstanding tradition of ladies who have been able to represent their community by winning La Reina crown or triumphing in another similar smaller competition.