Today's News

  • Weather - Aug. 18, 2014

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.


  • Wedding bells
  • Agreement gives clearer pathway for degrees

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University and Luna Community College students have a clearer pathway to graduation in the sciences, thanks to a new agreement between the institutions.

    On Aug. 11, Highlands and Luna signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at increasing the number of students in Northern New Mexico who complete bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 18, 2014

    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Conservation monthly board meeting, 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at U.S. Forest Service Building in Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-9088.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Make a Wish, Honey Bear!” by Marcus Pfister. Free and open to the public.


  • Locking out the public

    New Mexico’s largest school district is parting ways with its superintendent, but neither side is saying why.

    The Albuquerque Public Schools Board voted unanimously Friday to accept Winston Brooks’ resignation, despite the fact that he still has two years left on his contract.

    Unfortunately the settlement agreement entered into by Brooks and the district shortchanges New Mexico taxpayers.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Day trip opens eyes to a world of NM wonders

    Travel the back roads of New Mexico and it’s amazing what you can find.

    Recently my daughter Maya and I took a day trip to the northeastern tip of New Mexico, for a meeting I had in Clayton.

    Then we returned to our hometown of Las Vegas by way of Folsom, Capulin and Raton.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 18, 2014
  • Golf tournaments galore

    The Fiesta is coming.

    And it’s a time for local area women’s golfers to celebrate.

    The Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association’s annual Fiesta de Golf tournament, a one-day ABCD scramble format event, is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Gene Torres Golf Course operated by New Mexico Highlands University.

    The event includes breakfast, lunch, a silent auction, door prizes and longest drive, closest to the pin and team prizes.

  • Manfred is new commish of MLB

    By Ronald Blum
    AP Sports Writer

    BALTIMORE — Rob Manfred was elected baseball’s 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has seen competition increase and attention spans shrink.

  • Memphis overpowering

    Submitted to the Optic

    Neither team struggled for offense Thursday night, but the Albuquerque Isotopes (56-70) couldn’t keep up with the Memphis Redbirds (68-58) and were outslugged 17-7 in game three of their four-game series.