Today's News

  • State: 57 nuke containers from Los Alamos could be threat

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 barrels of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter believed to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste dump, posing a potentially “imminent” and “substantial” threat to public health and the environment, New Mexico officials said Monday.

  • Obama to designate Organ Mountains as landmark

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    After a nearly 10-year campaign by environmentalists, hunters and tourism officials to gain wilderness protection for the Organ Mountains and Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico, the White House said Monday that President Barack Obama will declare almost 500,000 acres of mountain ranges above the Chihuahan Desert a national monument this week.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 21, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - May 21, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 21, 2014

    West graduation is Saturday
    West Las Vegas High School graduation takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

  • Weather - May 21, 2014

    Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Breezy, with an east wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 15-25 mph in the morning. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Breezy, with a south wind 15-25 mph, decreasing to 5-15 mph after midnight.


  • Applications being accepted for program

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College will again offer an enhanced college credit summer program for upcoming classified high school juniors and seniors. For several years, Luna Community College has offered the Student Academic Advancement Institute. This year, it will run from Monday, June 2 to Friday, July 25. Registration is ongoing and runs through Friday, June 6.

  • Que Pasa - May 21, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Get Up and Go!” by Nancy Carlson. Free and open to the public.

    • West Las Vegas High School graduation takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Gillie Lopez gymnasium.

  • We must do better

    Federal and state agencies oversee a number of programs that are supposed to serve as a safety net for those down on their luck.

    Those programs are critical for people who have lost their jobs and don’t have money for groceries or health insurance for their children.

    But in New Mexico a “perfect storm” of events has resulted in a backlog of thousands of applications from poor residents who have applied for health care and food assistance.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 21, 2014