Local News

  • Making progress - Rec center on track for May 5 finish

    In May 2014, a portion of the roof at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center blew off due to fierce winds. But the roof issue was just part of the problem. The structural integrity of the massive facility was at risk as several other significant problems hid between the walls.

    Due to a malfunctioning dehumidification system, which regulates temperature and controls the moisture in the air, the building’s metal frame, including the joists, girders and inside steel studs had rust damage and corrosion.

  • Motive in murder unclear

    Acquaintances of Ruth Rivera, the 52-year-old woman accused of murdering her father-in-law by repeatedly stabbing him in the face and chest, are expressing disbelief and shock.

    And the arrest warrant affidavit filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court last week isn’t shedding much light on the alleged motive in the homicide.

    Arthur Rivera, 81, was found dead in the bathroom of his Ribera home on Dec. 28.

  • Weather - Jan. 8, 2017


    HIGH 51° / LOW 37°
    Sunny, with a high near 51. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 37.
    7:11 a.m. to 5:05 p.m.


    HIGH 56° / LOW 39°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Breezy.
    7:11 a.m. to 5:06 p.m.


  • Senior menu - Jan. 8, 2017

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Menu for the week of Jan. 9 to Jan. 13.

    Breakfast: Potato, egg and cheese burrito, and salsa
    Lunch: Green chile pork stew, mexicorn, salad with dressing, tortilla, and cookie

    Breakfast: Cereal, juice, and bagel with cream cheese
    Lunch: Baked chicken, green beans, stuffing, dinner roll, and mixed fruit

  • County manager resigns

    San Miguel County’s longest-serving county manager has resigned.

    Les Montoya, who held the position for 17 years, notified commissioners of his decision late Tuesday. The resignation was effective at 5 p.m. that same day.

    “This is not a decision undertaken lightly,” Montoya wrote in his resignation letter. “It is a decision made with careful thought and deliberation.”

    The resignation comes three days after the county’s three new commissioners were sworn in.

  • Ex-school chief sues Mora district

    The Associated Press

    A northern New Mexico school district whose superintendent resigned in disgrace over allegations of faking credentials is facing a lawsuit from another former superintendent.

    Dora Romero is suing the Mora Independent School District and board member George Trujillo over allegations she was let go because of her gender and because Trujillo wanted to give his nephew a job.

    The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque says the board, led by Trujillo, fired Romero so the board could hire Charles Trujillo.

  • Hatchery making a difference

    The Mora National Fish Hatchery, nestled off N.M. 434 in Mora County, is having a huge impact with its work in restoring the threatened Gila trout.  The refuge is dedicated to the restoration and recovery of the trout, a fish found only in high desert and mountain watersheds in the Gila, Salt and Verde drainages in the state and in neighboring Arizona.

  • Highlands names School of Social Work dean

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands named Cristina Durán as the new dean of the university’s Facundo Valdez School of Social Work.
    Durán has served as the school’s interim associate dean since July, 2014.

    “I’ve been with the school for many years in a variety of roles,” Durán said. “I want to be a strong part of seeing the school grow and find new ways to respond to the needs of people in the state and region.”

  • Las Vegas resident casts Electoral College vote

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas resident Noyola Padilla-Archibeque had a distinctive vote to make last month as she was one of the five electors in the state to cast an electoral college vote. In December, Padilla-Archibeque met with four other New Mexico electors at the state capitol in Santa Fe to cast votes for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, winner of the state’s popular vote.

  • Weather - Jan. 6, 2017


    HIGH 22° / LOW 4°
    Snow before 11am, then a chance of snow showers after 11am. High near 22. Wind chill values as low as -11. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
    7:11 a.m. to 5:03 p.m.