Today's News

  • Feds detail cleanup changes at LANL

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal officials said Wednesday that they plan to issue a temporary contract for the removal of nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory to the same contractor that failed to meet previous cleanup goals.

    The officials said they made the decision to avoid any disruption while oversight of the cleanup work is shifted from the National Nuclear Security Administration to the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 5, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Measles case firmed in NM

    SANTA FE — State health officials say New Mexico has its first confirmed case of measles since February 2012.
    The Department of Health says the case involves a 1-year-old Rio Arriba County child who had not been immunized against the disease.
    Health Secretary Retta Ward says the department is trying to prevent more cases by working with the child’s family and the hospital that treated the child to identify people who may have been exposed to the disease.

  • Spreading the spirit - Hundreds of gift shoeboxes heading to kids in need

    Submitted to the Optic

    Late last month several children presented shoebox gifts as part of the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gift ministry that Calvary Chapel Las Vegas sponsors every year. The ministry is part of Samaritan’s Purse is a non-profit Christian relief and evangelical organization that  is headed by Franklin Graham.  

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 5, 2014

    • Benefit dance for the Wounded Warrior Project, 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Civic. Admission is $10 per person and must be at least 21 years old to end. Music by Picoso. Sponsored by H.U. Athletics, The Music Album, El Rialto Restaurant, Best Western and Days Inn Motels.

  • Noticias - Dec. 5, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 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. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available. Call 454-1390.

  • Plenty of events for the weekend

    Mora County residents get ready, this weekend is going to be full of fun this weekend in Mora as the Christmas invasion has begun.

    Tonight (Friday) starting at 6 p.m. at Tapetas de Lana in Mora will host “Noche de Familia.” The evening will consist of a movie, food and other fun activities.  

    This event is sponsored by the Mora County DWI program. Everyone is welcome to this free event that promotes sobriety and family.

  • Basketball time
  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Dec. 3, 2014


    6 p.m. —  Mora County DWI Program’s Noche de Familia, movie, food and activities, Tapetas de Lana
    TBA —  Mora High School Rangerettes basketball at Santa Rosa Invite, away

    9 a.m.  to 3 p.m.—  Mora WinterFest, featuring arts and crafts by area artisans, Mora Elementary Gym
    TBA —  Mora High School Rangerettes basketball at Santa Rosa Invite, away
    Noon —  Mora Middle School Rangerettes basketball vs. Dulce, away

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Thankfully, ‘tis time to try Tamera’s tasty tamales

    My buddy and fellow columnist, Art Trujillo, thinks that flying fruitcake will land on his day of retirement. Be careful what you wish for, Art. You might get several fruitcakes before then. My readers are always thoughtful and generous, I’ve learned. No further fruitcake columns are in the works here at the ranch, but I just discovered, in a treasure trove of very old letters sent to my mother in 1944, no less, a recipe for onion cake.

  • Lady Dons hang on

    West Las Vegas junior guard Deanna Bustos swished four straight free throws in the closing seconds Tuesday night, nudging the Lady Dons to a 69-63 win over visiting Santa Fe Indian School.

    The Lady Braves — ranked sixth in Class 4A, two spots below West — had reduced a 19-point deficit to 64-63 with 20 seconds remaining.

    Kimarie Ramone’s hard drive to the bucket got SFIS within one, but she missed what would’ve been the tying free throw.