Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 2, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Texas invasion foiled, Gov. Armijo rallied in LV

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    What has become an obscure footnote in both our local and New Mexico history, is the futile Texas invasion of San Miguel county in 1841, or what most historians have downplayed as the Texas-Santa Fe Expedition. It occurred here five years before General Kearny, leading the Army of the West, proclaimed in Las Vegas on Aug. 15 1846, the occupation and annexation of New Mexico by the United States.     

    These are the facts:

  • Editorial Roundup - May 2, 2014

    The Associated Press
    The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer on a smaller Army (April 26):
    It wasn’t long ago that the Army was 570,000 soldiers deep. With two wars underway and other commitments around the world, that’s what it took.
    Now, with Iraq behind us and Afghanistan winding down, Washington budget-writers are calling for big military staffing cuts. The Army is already down to about 522,000 solders. The projection is 490,000 by late next year and 450,000 two years later.

  • In Brief - News - May 2, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Prison chief calls for review

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A report by the head of Oklahoma’s corrections department recommends changes to procedure and more oversight after a botched execution this week.

  • Schools face federal probe

    By Kimberly Hefling
    AP Education Writer
    WASHINGTON — Fifty-five colleges and universities — big and small, public and private — are being investigated over their handling of sexual abuse complaints, the Education Department revealed Thursday.
    The department’s release of the list is unprecedented and comes as the Obama administration seeks to shed greater light on the issue of sexual assault in higher education and how it is being handled.

  • Helping out
  • Cinco de Mayo mariachi concert Sunday at Ilfeld

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    New Mexico Highlands University presents a Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.
    The award-winning Highlands University Mariachi Vaqueros de la Sierra will perform, along with the professional Mariachi Differencia of Santa Fe and the Don Mariachi del Oeste of West Las Vegas High School.
    Benny Lucero began directing the Mariachi Vaqueros de la Sierra fall semester 2013.

  • Noticias - May 2, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating 365 nights per year, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. From November through March, the shelter is open for overnight stays. Their Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing, bedding, etc. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Call 454-1390.

  • Que Pasa - May 2, 2014

    • “The Sad Room” a new Original play by Patricia Crespín, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at Sala de Madrid on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. Tickets are $10 general admission, seniors $8, and students are $5.

    • Casa de Cultura’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Mural Park, 7th St. and Douglas Ave.

  • Mora County Notebook - Basketball is a year-round sport for Mora

    Yes, basketball season is over as far as the high school schedule is concerned, but it is still there. They have the Amanda Serna Memorial Basketball Camp coming up during the summer months. Some of the Mora athletes are going to the big North/South competition. NBA is still showing on television. Mora students have been busy with baseball, softball and track now,  but basketball has always been and will always be the king of sports in the Mora Valley.