Today's News

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 24, 2014

    The Society of American Foresters has granted accreditation to Highlands University’s Forestry Program. That’s great news because it makes Highlands the first university in the state to offer an accredited forestry degree and the only Hispanic Serving Institution in the country to offer an accredited forestry degree. Congratulations to everyone at Highlands who worked hard to make it happen.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 24, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Students take over HU administration building

    A week into the student protests which began at Highlands University on May 20. 1970, the Board of Regents remained firm in its decision to name Wisconsin educator Charles Graham as university president. Despite the growing unrest at Highlands, Regents Chairman John D. Robb announced on May 25, “I have made it clear we have hired Dr. Graham. As far as I am concerned, the matter is closed.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 24, 2014

    Edwardsville (Illinois) Intelligencer on school shootings (Jan. 20):
    Something must be done — soon
    There are heroes and there are victims. There are those who go to prison and those who take their own lives.
    The scenes of police officers surrounding school buildings have become common. Much too common.
    Guns and students don’t mix.
    But lately, they have become regular headlines.
    In 2013, there were 29 shootings at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country.

  • Annual Literacy Fair Saturday at Rec. Center

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting its sixth annual Literacy Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium.

    The theme for this year’s event is based on the Native American dream catcher and tradition of storytelling: “Make Your Dreams Come True: Read, Read, Read!”

    To encourage writing, everyone has been invited to submit a short story which will be displayed at the fair.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 24, 2014

    • Film screening and discussion on “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at Old Town Mission, adjacent to Rio Gallinas School. Special guest is Maria Santelli, executive director of the Center of Conscience and War in Washington, D.C. Free and open to all. For more information, call the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center at 425-3840.


  • Noticias - Jan. 24, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Jan. 24, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Remedial help needed in NM
    SANTA FE — A new study says approximately half of the New Mexico students attending the state’s colleges and universities aren’t ready academically and that it’s costly for the state.
    The student released by the Legislative Finance Committee says 51 percent of the students needed remedial courses last year and that the cost was $22 million.

  • King likely to appeal ruling

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The attorney general of New Mexico has said he will likely appeal a ruling in a landmark lawsuit that terminally ill patients can seek a physician’s aid in dying.

    Attorney General Gary King was considering the appeal after Santa Fe Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan urged the action during a breakfast with lawmakers, King told the Santa Fe New Mexican in a story Wednesday.

  • Panel reviews gaming compact

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A proposed gambling compact with the Navajo Nation ran into opposition Wednesday from other tribes and pueblos in New Mexico because it would allow the Navajos to open additional casinos.

    In testimony to a legislative committee, leaders from Laguna and Acoma pueblos and the Jicarilla Apache Nation said that more casinos would dilute their share of a saturated gambling market, possibly forcing them to cut tribal services and reduce the workers in their casinos.