Today's News

  • Tax department spends thousands on unused weapons

    The Associated Press

    The Taxation and Revenue Department has spent thousands of dollars on weapons and ammunition that it is not legally allowed to use.

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 8, 2015
  • Editorial: Pet ordinance needs a tweak

    Much work has gone into the proposed pet ordinance that the San Miguel County Commission will take up on Tuesday.
    For too long, San Miguel County has been the Wild West on animal welfare issues, with irresponsible pet owners allowing their dogs to run amok without regard for the animal’s safety or the rights of their neighbors.

    While the county already has a pet ordinance in place, it lacks teeth. The proposed ordinance changes that, imposing progressive fines and even criminal sanctions to encourage compliance.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - In the back yard with Java
  • Just a Thought - If I had only one day together with you

    By Rick Kraft

    I am a both a student and a teacher of leadership. I had the chance to listen to one of my mentors over the past 20 years speak at a recent conference in Atlanta.

    Author and speaker John Maxwell was not on the speaker list, but he showed up at the conference and was given the opportunity to present a short talk on leadership packed full of tools and applications. Maxwell combines a history of 25 years as a pastor followed by 20 years of leadership training in the business world.

  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 8, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Houston Chronicle. On automatic voter registration (Oct. 30):

    Voting rights: A system to automatically register people to vote is exactly what we need in Texas
    For those of us who have grown accustomed to the red-versus-blue wars about the act of voting in recent years, it may come as a surprise to realize that voter registration is nowhere enshrined in the Constitution.

  • Correction - Nov. 8, 2015

    Joseph Benavidez, 4, showed off his Bettlejuice costume at a Halloween Carnival held late last month at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The Optic had the incorrect last name for him in the Nov. 1 edition.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 8, 2015

    Friday, Nov. 5, 1965 — The new pastor for the Assembly of God Church, 1022 Second St., is the Rev. T.E. Dyer. The Rev. and Mrs. Dyer came to Las Vegas from Taos, where they have been for the past four years. They spent seven years in Newcastle, Va., and were in evangelistic work for 17 years in every state but Florida, and were also in Alaska and Canada. They have three children.

  • Weather - Nov. 8, 2015


    HIGH 54° / LOW 32°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    6:29 a.m. to 4:59 p.m.


    HIGH 61° / LOW 34°
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Monday night is expected to be mostly clear, with a low around 34
    6:30 a.m. to 4:58 p.m.


  • Que Pasa - Nov. 8, 2015

    10 a.m to 1 p.m.
    Luna Community College Nursing Students in cooperation with the New Mexico Public Health Department, San Miguel County will be providing free flu shots to healthy adults over the age of 18 at the Luna Community College Allied Health Lobby. For more information call 454-2500.

    11:30 a.m.