Today's News

  • Dual canonization for former Popes

    By Daniela Petroff
    and Nicole Winfield
    The Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square.

    Never before have a reigning pope and a retired pope celebrated Mass together in public, much less at an event honoring two of their most famous predecessors.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 28, 2014

    The Associated Press

    35K sign up for health plans

    SANTA FE — State officials report that nearly 35,000 New Mexicans have signed up for health insurance through a federal online marketplace since October.
    The figures released Friday are based on enrollment information supplied to the state’s insurance regulator by private insurance companies offering health plans through the exchange.
    The federal government says 8 million nationally have signed up for insurance coverage.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 28, 2014

    Community education  initiative forum

    Public Education Department Secretary Hannah Skandera will speak at a Community Education Initiatives Forum to be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Memorial Middle School. More information is available by contacting the New Mexico Parent Teacher Association at nmpta@nmpta.org.

  • Looking Back - April 28, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, April 23 — Highlands University’s basketball star Bill Dinwiddie has received a watch as an award for being named to the United Press International and Associated Press Little All-America teams. The watch was donated by Gordon Jewelry and presented by Calvin Baker.

  • Weather - April 28, 2014

    Areas of blowing dust after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a northwest wind 25-35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27. Windy, with a northwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 56. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming northeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.


  • Highlands concert set for Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Music Technology Program presents an Original Music Concert at 7 p.m. Friday in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    The styles of music featured are as varied as the students themselves, including rock, alternative, folk, hip-hop, singer-songwriter, and more.

    Department of Music professor Edward Harrington directs the Music Technology Program, and the concert.

  • Que Pasa - April 28, 2014

    • Community Education Initiatives Forum, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at Memorial Middle School. State Public Education Department Secretary Hanna Skandera is scheduled to speak at 5:45 p.m. For more information, contact the New Mexico Parent Teacher Association by email at nmpta@nmpta.org.

  • Noticias - April 28, 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.

  • A step backward

    Affirmative action suffered a major blow last week with a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that state voters are free to outlaw the use of race and ethnicity as a factor in college admissions.

    Michigan voters several years ago approved a state constitutional amendment that forbids the state’s public colleges and universities to take race into account when deciding who gets admitted. The amendment was challenged, and on Tuesday, the Supreme Court by a 6-2 decision, ruled that voters in each state have every right to ban affirmative action policies.

  • Another Perspective: New Mexico needs new ideas for job growth

    By Fred Nathan/Think New Mexico

    Prompted by a large decline in federal spending, New Mexicans are now engaged in a healthy and useful dialogue about how best to diversify our economy.

    Think New Mexico would like to offer two ideas that we believe could propel private sector job growth in our state – and that gubernatorial and legislative candidates from both parties should be able to embrace.