Local News

  • Two seats on East board up for grabs

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board will be asking voters to approve an $11 million general obligation bond and a $2 million mill levy during the upcoming Feb. 7 school board elections. Voters will also be electing two school board members.

    The board seats on the ballot are currently held by board chairman Leroy Lujan and by two-term board member Gabriel Lucero. Both seats are for four-year terms that begin on March 1.

    Lujan, who has served on the board since August 2014, is seeking re-election.

  • Bring on the Christmas season - City ready for holidays

    Christmas is several weeks away, but the city is already bustling with holiday cheer. For several weeks the city of Las Vegas has been putting up holiday decorations throughout town, including banners on Mills Avenue and two large Christmas trees, one near Plaza Park and the other on Douglas Avenue and Seventh Street.

    City crews have also strung lights along trees in Plaza Park and Carnegie Library Park. Plaza and Bridge Street business have decorated their windows.

  • Victory Ranch celebrates 25 years

    Submitted to the Optic

    Twenty five years ago, Ken and Carol Weisner came from Chicago to realize their dream of owning a ranch in northern New Mexico.  

    They bought a 1,000-acre ranch in the Mora Valley and after some trials started an alpaca ranch and store. The ranch became the largest alpaca ranch in the Southwest. Indeed, Victory Ranch alpacas have won numerous ribbons in nation-wide events.  

  • 14 freight cars carrying grain derail near Santa Rosa

    SANTA ROSA — Authorities say there were no injuries or spills of hazardous materials when 15 railroad cars carrying grain and one locomotive derailed in eastern New Mexico.

    The New Mexico State Police said the derailment occurred Tuesday about 10 miles east of Santa Rosa near Interstate 40.

    The train belongs to Union Pacific Railroad.

    Sgt. Chad Pierce said Tuesday that while I-40 was open in both directions, westbound exit 284 was closed due to cleanup work.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 25, 2016

    Optic staff and wire
    City Hall not taking payments
    The city of Las Vegas announced this week that it will no longer be accepting utility payments at City Hall at 1700 North Grand until further notice.

  • Officers aim to crack down on DWI over holiday season

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says law enforcement across the state is stepping up patrols over the holiday season to crack down on drunken driving.

    She says state police officers will be placed every 20 miles along Interstate-40 over the Thanksgiving weekend to patrol for drunken drivers, and to catch other traffic violations.

    The boost in officers on the highway is part of a nationwide project that other state highway patrols and police in the U.S. are participating in.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 25, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 14 and Nov. 21:
    Diego Romero, 38, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, Las Vegas Municipal Court
    Joseph Lussow, 29, sentenced to Department of Corrections, District Court
    Anastasia Armijo, 18, seven-day commitment, Las Vegas Municipal Court
    Marcus Washington, 26, bench warrant: aggravated burglary, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Damian Wagner, 22, probation violation: positive urinalysis, Adult Probation Office

  • Weather - Nov. 25, 2016


    HIGH 51° / LOW 28°
    Sunny, with a high near 51. Friday night — mostly clear, with a low around 28.
    6:47 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.


    HIGH 56° / LOW 33°
    Sunny, with a high near 56. Saturday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
    6:48 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Nov. 25, 2016

    Monday, Nov. 21, 1966 — With only $40, a nap sack and the clothes she was wearing, Alice Winston hitch-hiked from Munich, Germany, to Italy and Israel. She gave her account at a meeting of the Las Vegas Woman’s Club luncheon at the First Federal hospitality room. Miss Winston said that while in Munich, the Fasching Celebration, similar to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, was in progress and that she found the colorful costumes, the dancing and other activities exciting.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — Nov. 25, 2016

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

    Ham and cheese sandwich, 3-bean salad, and cottage cheese with

    Green chile cheeseburger, pork and beans, baked French fries and pears

    Beef fajitas, pinto beans, Spanish rice, pico de gallo, and peaches