Today's News

  • In Brief - New Mexico - June 2, 2014

    The Associated Press
    2 get prison in killings of couple

    Two people convicted in an Arizona prison break and a double homicide in New Mexico have been sentenced to prison.
    Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Tracy Allen Province was sentenced Monday to five consecutive terms of life imprisonment without the possibility of release.
    They say Casslyn Mae Welch got a 40-year prison sentence.
    Province and the 47-year-old Welch were accused of participating in the plot to carjack and kill a retired Oklahoma couple.

  • Saturday Farmers Market now on Plaza

    Submitted to the Optic
    The Tri County Farmers Market opened Saturday in Plaza Park. People came out to shop for fresh food grown locally and handmade crafts.  There were 23 vendors set up on the grassy area along the South end of the park, and even more vendors are expected in the coming weeks.

    There were farmers supplying greens, roots vegetables, sprouts, honey and eggs.  Some were also selling plant starts such as tomatoes and herbs. There were a variety of craft booths carrying soaps, wood carvings, wind chimes and children’s toys.  

  • Looking Back - June 4, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, June 1 — The 471 residents of Maxwell want their quiet farming town the same as it was four days ago -- before the tornado “which everybody thought would miss us” didn’t. An 85-year-old man died and seven were injured, and estimated damage was more than $300,000. The destruction virtually buried an empty school bus. The body of a man was found under the rubble at his bar in Maxwell, and a Wagon Mound pastor arrived in Maxwell to administer the sacrament of extreme unction to the victim.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 4, 2014

    Poster contest deadline extended
    The Fiesta poster contest deadline has been extended until 4 p.m. Thursday, June 5. Create an original poster for the 2014 Las Vegas Fiestas for a chance to win a cash prize. Photography, graphic design, painting drawing — any two-dimensional  medium is welcome. Forms available at LVAC Gallery on Bridge Street.

  • Weather - June 4, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 91. Breezy, with a light and variable wind becoming southwest 20-25 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 57. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, decreasing to 5-15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.


  • Open up primaries

    Republicans and Democrats throughout the state had the opportunity to go to the polls on Tuesday and vote for the candidates of their choice.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 4, 2014
  • Work of Art: Kick the can

    Wagon Mound High School, the place from which our youngest son, Ben, graduated, has always been proud of its basketball, whose season generally  runs from Aug. 1 through July 31.

    It was the school my dad attended around the turn of the last century. “We didn’t have a fancy name for our team,” he said, when asked if he played for the Trojans.

  • Vatos reach national sevens rugby final

    In one of the prouder moments in the 22-year history of the club, New Mexico HIghlands University’s Vatos finished as national runner-up over the weekend at the National Small College Rugby Sevens Championship held in Philadelphia.

    The Vatos won their first four matches of the tournament to earn a spot in the championship, falling 22-14 to New England College, the second-ranked team in the nation. Just a couple of possessions separated the relative newcomer to the national sevens scene from the program’s first national title.

  • North-South weekend ahead

    Some of the premier Las Vegas-area athletes from the Class of 2014 will be representing their schools in the new-look North-South All-Star Games this coming weekend.