Today's News

  • Just a Thought - Be careful what street you walk down

    By Rick Kraft

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation you don’t want to be in? You look up and ask yourself the question, “How did I get here?” or “What am I doing here?” You wish you could push “Stop” and then “Rewind” and then put a different tape in? Do you ever pray “Lord, if you get me out of this I will never make this same mistake again?” I am sure it has happened to all of us. And it is probable it will happen again.

  • Editorial Roundup - April 10, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph on the upcoming presidential election (April 2):
    It was President Lyndon Johnson who once observed that, “Whenever most senators look in a mirror, they see a president.”
    That undoubtedly applies to Sens. Rand Paul, Lindsay Graham and Marco Rubio, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may be the only one among them who looks in the mirror and sees Galileo.
    Cruz likened himself to the Italian scientist and philosopher in a recent interview with the Texas Tribune.

  • ‘Sheltered Women’ play at regional competition

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nat Gold Players one-act play, “Sheltered Women,” will be one of two plays representing the State of New Mexico in the Region VI (New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana) AACTFest competition this weekend.

    Theatre New Mexico is hosting the Region VI competition, and all plays will be performed at the KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque.  

    Nat Gold Players are slated to perform today (Friday), with the box office open at 1 p.m. and performance at 2 p.m.   

  • Noticias - April 10, 2015

    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.

  • Que Pasa - April 10, 2015


  • Students design posters for community cleanup

    Get ready to roll up your sleeves and beautify Mora County.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 a community-wide cleanup will take place along Highway 518 and other county roads.

    Event organizer Duane Freeman said many entities have partnered to make this year’s cleanup a success, including the Mora Mountain Mamas and the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 10, 2015


    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

  • Archery tourney Sun. at high school

    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.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Sweet Brother Bill’s 10 rules

    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.

  • Four vying for Miss Las Vegas title Saturday

    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.