Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 23, 2014

    Gallinas River cleanup
    Volunteers are needed for the Gallinas River set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26. Meet at 9 a.m. at the West Las Vegas High School Parking lot. Breakfast snacks, coffee and tools will be provided. Contact jdullien@hermitspeakwatersheds.org for more information.

  • Weather - April 23, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. Windy, with a west wind 20-30 mph, becoming north 10-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 69. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.


  • Fair and equitable pay at work topic of public forum

    Submitted to the Optic

    The issue of fair and equitable pay is in the news every day. Last year New Mexico became one of the first states to pass and sign in to law the Fair Pay Act.

    But will that law really level the paying field? Will it change the way businesses treat their employees? Will it help those who may be victims of pay or work place inequity? Will it reduce or eliminate that 77 cent pay gap between men and women?

  • Noticias - April 23, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Que Pasa - April 23, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Dragon’s Easter Egg Hunt” by Mae Marks. Free and open to the public.


  • A good proposal

    It’s a simple proposal that makes a lot of sense.

    Officials at New Mexico Highlands University are asking regents to reduce the number of credit hours required for students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

    Highlands currently requires 128 credit hours. But if regents sign off on the proposal, students will be able to graduate from Highlands after completing 120 credit hours.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 23, 2014
  • Work of Art: Was it payback time?

    On the wall of the office of long-time Highlands University department secretary Jean Greer was a framed photo that showed a lone goat atop a craggy mountain. The message beneath it was, “I’m so far behind, it looks like I’m w-a-y ahead.”

    That was years ago, when I worked there. I’m reminded of Amtrak and its penchant for tardiness. Why doesn’t the government-subsidized railway company simply adopt this slogan: “We’re always prompt, no matter how long it takes”?

  • Sisters triumph in state free-throw contest

    A sister act reigned supreme in this year’s Knights of Columbus state free-throw shooting competitions.

    Michaela Vigil Lujan and Savannah Vigil Lujan, 15-year-old twin sisters from Las Vegas, placed first and second, respectively, in Knights’ annual showdown of sharpshooters March 22 in Española.

    Michaela swished 22 out of 25 free throws to claim the championship, capping a run that began with her winning a chapter title in Los Alamos.

  • Quintana wins 4th golf tourney

    Having ensured herself a return trip to the state golf tournament next month, West Las Vegas’ Joedy Quintana has turned her attention to winning tournaments (not to mention track meets).

    Quintana shot an 84 in Monday’s West Las Vegas Invitational held at New Mexico Highlands University’s Gene Torres Golf Course. That was three strokes better than runner-up Briana Paiz (87) of Raton, who’d essentially made it a two-person chase for the individual girls’ championship.

    Robertson’s Andrea Vaisa came in third, shooting a 93.