Today's News

  • Plenty of blame to go around in a disaster zone

    The following column is by John Stossel, author of “No They Can’t! Why Government Fails ­— But Individuals Succeed.”

    “How many once-in-a-lifetime storms will it take,” demands “The Daily Show” comic Trevor Noah, “until everyone admits man-made climate change is real?!” His audience roars its approval.

  • Equifax: Too big to fail, but not too big to be held accountable

    The following editorial was recently published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    The most disturbing thing about the data breach acknowledged last week by the credit reporting agency Equifax is not that 143 million people’s personal data may have been exposed, nor that there’s not much those people can do about it. It’s that Equifax probably isn’t going to suffer for it, at least not much.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

  • Cards roll in mismatch

    Tonati Aparicio-Blythe’s point-blank goal — his third of the day — brought a merciful end to Robertson’s 11-1 defeat of Desert Academy on Thursday at RHS Field.

    Aparicio-Blythe wasn’t the only one who collected a hat trick for the Cardinals (3-3). T.J. Trujillo scored four goals and Musa Doumbia had three, while Micah Curtis added one in the lopsided affair.

  • Fiesta de Golf: Geoffrion leads win

    Submitted to the Optic

    Forty ladies, representing 13 clubs from around the state, converged on Gene Torres Golf Course on Aug. 30 for the annual Fiesta de Golf tournament.

    Hosted by the Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association, players enjoyed “picture-perfect weather and a course in pristine condition,” reported Anne Pepper of the LVWGA.

  • Go Fish — Sept. 15, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catches of the week

  • Hail damage: Newcomer dent crews trying to ‘do it right’

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Jeff Crenshaw and Chris Clark say they tried to do things the right way by getting their business license first. The business partners set up “Dents Plus” in a permanent building on the northwest corner of Valencia and North Gonzales streets.

  • Hail damage: City cautions consumers about roof repairs

    By Lee Einer, City of Las Vegas Public Information Officer

    While most roofing contractors are legitimate, there are some, known as “storm-chasers” or “roofing-gypsies,” that follow damaging storms looking for homeowners to exploit.

    In the wake of recent hail storms, the City of Las Vegas’ Community Development Department has received multiple complaints from area residents about roofers. The complaints range from aggressive door-to-door sales tactics, to shoddy workmanship, to unlicensed roofing contractors.

  • Hail was a part of wet summer for the county

    By Jason W. Brooks Las Vegas Optic Editor

    It’s been a rough monsoon season for San Miguel and Mora counties. According to Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service, much of eastern New Mexico witnessed August precipitation totals that were two to three times normal. Eastern San Miguel County has been among the wettest areas, with totals closer to three to four times normal.

    Here are some August totals from various weather reporting stations in the area. Normal precipitation for the month is 3.73 inches.

    Las Vegas 1.6 NNW: 6.99 inches.

  • Luna has $3.8 million end-of-year surplus

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Luna Community College will have many challenges in the years ahead. According to a presentation made at Tuesday’s regular Board of Trustees meeting, the college is in a considerably better financial position to tackle those challenges than some other schools its size.