Today's Features


    3 p.m.  —  Mora High School baseball vs. Mesa Vista, double header, home
    TBA — DWI Prevention Specialist Visit, Mora Schools
    11 a.m. — Mora High School softball vs. Walatowa, double header, home
    TBA — Mora track at Questa
    8:30 a.m. — Registration for the Youth Hunter Education Club Youth Archery Tournament, Mora High School baseball field

  • The Mora Youth Hunter Education Club is hosting a Youth Archery Tournament on Sunday at the Mora High School baseball field. The event will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. with the first end starting at 9 a.m.

    Organizer of the event Jack Rains said age groups will be divided by gender and into either a compound bow or a traditional bow classes. Age groups are seniors from 16 to 18 years old; juniors from 13 to 15; and sub-juniors for children 12 and younger.

    Adults may shoot during the parents’ and coaches’ competition the day of the event.

  • This column could be called a hodge-podge of somewhat newsworthy items, or just what’s left in the Easter basket after yet another rite and celebration of spring.

    I start with a weather report...no surprise there. Our mountain winter started in November with the first measurable snows here at our weather bureau reporting station, unless we get a big storm here in April, we will have recorded 86 inches of snow with a melt down in moisture content of 7-1/2 inches.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas and Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen pageant will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria. Four young women will compete for the title of Miss Las Vegas 2015, a $250 cash scholarship, the NMHU Presidential Scholarship, and a chance to represent the community at the Miss New Mexico Pageant this summer in Portales. One young lady will compete for the title of Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen and a chance to represent the area at the Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Concert Choir presents “A Joyful Noise – Schubert and Jazz” at 3 p.m. on Sunday in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Andre García-Nuthmann, director of Highlands University’s choral and vocal program, will conduct the concert.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Ms. Blanche, the Spotless Cow” by Zidrou. Free and open to the public.


  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 9 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.
    • 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 every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.


    • Community Health Fair starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 6 at the Student Union Building on the Highlands campus. The fair is part of National Public Health Week activities. Exhibitors include national and local health service providers and organizations including United World College, American Red Cross and others. The public is encouraged to attend. Space still available for exhibitors. There will be free giveaways.
    • The Las Vegas Optic office will close at noon on Friday, April 3 in observance of Good Friday.