Today's News

  • Music fest kicks off Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Start with some good ol’ rock ‘n roll and add a generous portion of spicy Latin pop, flavor it with country, western and rockabilly, add a pinch of R&B gospel and stir in a hefty portion of TexMex, and what’ve you got? All the ingredients for a great weekend of music, served up in one of New Mexico’s most historic cities.

    Welcome to the Meadow City Music Festival, a growing celebration of music mixed with fun and games for everyone.

  • Governor favors expanded primaries

    The Associated Press

    Contradicting the chairman of the state Republican Party, Gov. Susana Martinez said Thursday she would support a Democratic plan allowing voters without a party affiliation to cast ballots in New Mexico primary elections.

    The Republican told the Albuquerque Journal she supports the idea because it is important for all voters to be allowed to participate in primaries.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 11, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, Aug. 12 — Nine new contributions were made last week to the annual Highlands University scholarship drive. Topping the list was the Las Vegas Savings Bank, which, through its president Dale B. Gerdeman, contributed two scholarships for a total of $420. Other full scholarships were donated by Columbia Grocery, through Mrs. Emery Mullins; Kimbell Grocery, through William Thill, manager, Mrs. Herman Ilfeld, a consistent contributor through the years, also gave one scholarship.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 11, 2014

    Luna will be closed Tuesday morning
    Luna Community College will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday as employee orientation will take place. The campus re-opens for business at 1 p.m. that day.

  • Weather - Aug. 11, 2014

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 11, 2014

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 11, 2014

    The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees August meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 11 at K-Bobs restaurant. The program will include State Convention Delegate selection and action on constitution and bylaws. For more information, call Tomás at 575-421-2455.

    • Luna Community College will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12 as employee orientation will take place. The campus re-opens for business at 1 p.m. that day.


  • State departments holding joint job fair Tuesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) will be holding a joint job fair in Santa Fe on Tuesday. There are about 200 positions open between the two cabinet agencies with various jobs located throughout the state.

    The job fair takes place from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at the New Mexico State Personnel Offices at 2600 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

  • Prof to involve HU students in Palestinian research

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University students will have the opportunity to work on research about the feminization of higher education in Palestine, thanks to a partnership sociology professor Erika Derkas developed during a summer fellowship in the West Bank.

  • Support for open primaries

    It appears that reason is finally beginning to prevail on the issue of closed primaries in this state.

    You may recall that back in June a lawsuit was filed challenging the current system, in which only registered Democrats and Republicans are allowed to vote in state primaries. Albuquerque lawyers David Crum and J. Edward Hollington are arguing that New Mexico’s primary election system is unconstitutional because it denies the basic right to vote to a large number of voters in our state.