Local News

  • Questions raised about Hispano Chamber

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce is warning area business owners to beware of another organization soliciting membership fees in the area.

    Travis Regensberg, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, said his organization has fielded multiple calls from area business owners who believed they had already paid their membership dues to the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, when they had actually paid the money to another group that calls itself the Las Vegas Hispano Chamber of Commerce.

  • Yjastros Flamenco dance company to perform at Highlands

    Correction — A front page story in Sunday’s Optic contained incorrect information on ticket prices for Friday’s Yjastros Vivo Flamenco Concert. Children 12 and younger will be charged $8 for admission.

    By Margaret McKinney
    New Mexico Highlands University

    Highlands University presents Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company in concert at 7 p.m., Friday in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Yjastros, now in its 31st season, is an internationally acclaimed flamenco company based in Albuquerque.

  • 2 Navajo women may have been first GI Janes

    By Charles Brunt
    The Albuquerque Journal

    While compiling a lengthy list of Sandoval County veterans — from the Civil War through Vietnam — retired Army colonel and amateur historian David C’de Baca made an intriguing find: Two Navajo women who served as scouts with the Army’s 20th Infantry Regiment in the summer of 1886 could be the first women to have officially been enlisted in the U.S. Army.

  • Paying Tribute to Veterans
  • How Trump could affect key areas of economy

    By Josh Boak and Bernard Condon
    The Associated Press

    Donald Trump won the presidency by pledging to restore a vanished and golden economic era, when growth roared, factory jobs flourished and America sat unchallenged atop the global economy.

    Yet he never offered much of a roadmap.

  • Post-election, what’s this strange relationship we’re in?

    By Leanne Italie
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — The election is over, so what about all those frayed relationships among loved ones?

    Mothers and sons, sisters and brothers, friends unfriended — it’s been tough for some on opposing sides who must now figure out the way forward. They wonder what their ties will feel like a month from now. A year. What about the holidays?

    Leigh Anne O’Connor in Manhattan already has her answer, and her heart broke.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 13, 2016

    Friday, Nov. 11, 1966 — Completing training as psychiatric aides at the  Mexico State Hospital were Mary Jean Madrid, Beatrice Barela, Andrew Sandoval, Rose Coca, Juanita Archuleta, Carmen Martinez, Mrs. Josephine Vander Meer, Margarito Salazar, Anna Gutierrez, Ruben Martinez, Ida McLean, Danny Salazar and George Wallace.

  • Weather - Nov. 13, 2016


    HIGH 62° / LOW 34°
    Sunny, with a high near 62. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
    6:35 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.


    HIGH 65° / LOW 38°
    Sunny, with a high near 65. Monday night —mostly clear, with a low around 38.
    6:36 a.m. to 4:54 p.m.


  • Scholarship winners meet donors
  • Stefanics wins Senate seat

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic
    and The Associated Press

    Santa Fe County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics is going to the Roundhouse, and District 39 voters in San Miguel County played a pivotal role in making that happen.

    Stefanics, a Democrat, defeated Republican Theodore “Ted” Barela by less than two percentage points.

    The Associated Press called that race at around noon on Wednesday.

    Stefanics took 50.89 percent of the vote to Barela’s 49.11, besting him by just 334 votes.