Today's News

  • Whooping cough cases found in LV

    The state Department of Health has confirmed a whooping cough outbreak at Rio Gallinas School for Ecology and the Arts.

    As of Thursday, two of the West Las Vegas charter school’s students and two of its faculty members had tested positive for whooping cough, also known as pertussis, said Catherine Sanchez-Praiswater, the school’s director.

  • Feds assess sites for renewable energy

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Determining the potential of former landfills, brownfields and Superfund sites around the country to host solar panels and other renewable energy projects is the focus of a new assessment federal researchers announced Friday.

  • Highlands mulling car rental program

    New Mexico Highlands University is exploring the possibility of bringing WeCar to campus, a program that provides vehicles that students can rent to run errands.

    “One of the problems we have is that many of our students don’t have cars,” Highlands President Jim Fries said at a recent board of regents meeting. That, coupled with the limited public transportation in Las Vegas, creates an inconvenience for many students on campus, he added.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 7, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, Nov. 4 — A warrant for the arrest of Clarence C. Shields on the charge of forgery was issued yesterday afternoon by Judge D.R. Murray upon the complaint of Laubach and Benjamin. The sheriff of San Miguel County, Secundino Romero, has taken hold of the matter and it is thought that the accused man will soon be brought to time. Shields, it is thought, left Las Vegas several days ago after signing the alleged bogus check but where he went is a question that is at the present without an answer.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 7, 2011

    ‘The Jungle Book’ to be performed Wednesday

    New Mexico Highlands University presents “The Jungle Book” by State Street Ballet Santa Barbara at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets: general admission $10, NMHU faculty/staff/other local students: $8, NMHU students/children (12 years and under) $5.

  • Weather - Nov. 7, 2011

    Scattered rain showers, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. North wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 21.


  • NMHU to honor veterans

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Office of Alumni Affairs will hold its second annual Veterans Day ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at the university’s Centennial Tower at the southwest corner of Eighth Street and University Avenue.
    The Alumni Office is also hosting a public reception at the Centennial Tower immediately following the ceremony.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 7, 2011

    • Reservations for the free Senior Jubilee a Senior Citizen Celebration are due today, Nov. 7. The celebration will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 10 at El Valle Community Center, 11 Los Pueblos Road in Villanueva. Topics: Senior Safety Kit; Joy of Repujos (tinwork); Frauds and Scams; Healthy Aging and the Hispanic Family. The celebration will be followed by a dance honoring veterans from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with musician Bonifacio Benavidez. To make a reservation call George or Sally at 575-421-2256.


  • Noticias - Nov. 7, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Las Vegas / San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting entries for the Electric Light Parade, the theme is “Christmas in Candyland.” Organizations that would like their events to be included in the Chamber Holiday Poster and Newsletter are asked to submit their program as soon as possible.  Parade float applications, event submission forms and volunteer sign up roster are at the Chamber of Commerce 1224 Railroad Ave. 425-8631.

  • Water now, water later

    Last week, the Las Vegas Optic published the final installment of a six-part series on water. Written by managing editor Martín Salazar, the series focused on the city’s effort to address perennial problems with the collection, storage, treatment and distribution of our water supply.

    Within this body of work, this much stands out as crystal clear and critically important: