Today's News

  • Editorial cartoon - Oct. 3, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Frenzied growth on the east side

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Between the decision by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to make east Las Vegas its regional headquarters, and the commerce flourishing on Railroad Avenue, New Town experienced instant and rapid growth immediately after the first train arrived on July 4, 1879.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 3, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    St. Cloud Times on the need for the federal government to re-examine school lunch rules ( Sept. 23):

    Since the rollout of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, students and their parents have easily been the loudest critics of the new federal school lunch standards.
    Portions that are too small yet cost more. Side dishes, entrees and even condiments that aren’t very tasty. And, of course, few to no “junk food” choices.

  • Diné College visit
  • Noticias - Oct. 3, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to help with the medical treatment expenses for Joel Baca. He has been receiving medical treatment in Denver at the University of Colorado Hospital and is battling several medical problems. The donation account is under Joel Baca at Wells Fargo bank.

  • Saturday event will feature local writer

    Submitted to the Optic

    What would you do if you were a widow living alone suddenly faced with taking in your niece whom you haven’t seen in 15 years, her three children and their dog? Lilly Irish does the only thing she can; she opens her door on a windy fall night and welcomes them in. The humorous and touching story of family coming together begins with Krank the dog marking his territory, and the children doubtful and wary.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 3, 2014

    • Bernal Community Center’s Annual Fall Festival, 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. The event features an indoor flea market, music, and food.
    • San Jose Church Fiesta de Anton Chico, pageant from 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the old school with music all afternoon by the band “La Familia Facio.” There will be a concession, bingo, games, and a cakewalk.

  • Mora County Notebook - HU hoops players deliver dictionaries

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mora Elementary School got a special delivery last Wednesday. New Mexico Highlands University basketball players Matt Logan, Drew Herig, Amal Wilson, and Kaylen Shane, with head coach Craig Snow and assistant coach Brandon Mason, handed out new, hard-cover Webster’s Dictionaries to each child in Deborah Lujan and Joe Gonzales’ classrooms, courtesy of the local Rotary Club. Club members Janet Remenyik and Editha Bartley joined in on the fun event.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Oct. 3, 2014


    3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Farmers Market, Southwest Capital Bank parking lot
    TBA. — Mora volleyball at Santa Fe Indian School Tournament, varsity, away
    4 p.m. — Mora middle school volleyball vs. Santa Fe Prep, home

    TBA — Mora cross country at Santa Fe Indian School
    TBA — Mora volleyball at Santa Fe Indian School Tournament continued, varsity, away
    Noon — Mora middle school volleyball vs. Dulce, away


  • Palabras Pintorescas: We need deep snow to recharge our aquifers

    Being a local weather observer for our National Weather Service is a regular and daily part of my life. My knowledge of meteorology is slim at best, but I watch our so varied weather patterns closely. Weather watching is an every-day event in our mountains and we do see seasons change, sometimes with a vengeance.

    I have been given several national awards for my many years of weather recording, and I had no idea there was yet another award out there in the clouds, so to speak.