Local News

  • Ex-Optic publisher launches Community News Exchange

    Submitted to the Optic

    Eleven New Mexico newspapers began sharing content this week as part of a newly created service named Community News Exchange, or CNEx, which is spearheaded by former Optic publisher Tom McDonald.

    The Exchange  focuses on small-town community news in New Mexico, seeking to report on issues of interest to readers in the more rural areas of the state. Its intent is to supplement community newspapers with content that no other service provides.

  • Looking Back - May 10, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, May 14 — Harry H. Houck, 35 presently city manager of Swartz Creek, Mich., was hired last night as the new City manager for Las Vegas. Houck will assume his Las Vegas position about June 1, and will work for a salary in the neighborhood of $10,000. Houck was appointed by Mayor Frank Olmstead at last night’s meeting of the council and the appointment was confirmed by the council.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 10, 2013

    Letter carriers annual food drive is Saturday

    The Las Vegas letter carriers annual food drive is this Saturday. Leave non-perishable food items by your mailbox. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

  • Weather - May 10, 2013

    Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 7 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. East wind 10-15 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.


  • FYI - May 10, 2013

    State Police will be conducting a DWI checkpoint from 5 to 10 p.m. today (Friday) in San Miguel County.

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    The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service.

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  • Volunteers remove 3,200 pounds of trash

    Submitted to the Optic

    Last Saturday, The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and the Conservation Club of Highlands University to organize a spring Gallinas River Clean-Up. With the help of many volunteers and other contributing clubs and individuals, the clean-up removed more than 3,200 pounds of trash from the Gallinas River.

    Donuts, coffee, bagels, fruit, trash bags, T-shirts, gloves, trash removal service, and cash for gift-certificates were all donated.

  • HU alumni partner with Yale

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University is the first U.S. college with which Yale University alumni consultants have formed a partnership.

    Prior to the recent meeting at the Las Vegas campus, Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange had concentrated its work of simulating alumni engagement outside the country. It is now turning its attention to smaller colleges and universities within the country.

  • Party preceded fatal crash

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Witnesses testifying in a preliminary hearing against Wayne Lovato on Monday claimed that the youth was speeding when he leaned over and tried to kiss a girl riding in the front passenger seat of his car before the fatal wreck that left two teens dead and several others injured.

    “We were on the highway, Wayne leaned over to kiss Kayla (Esquibel) and that’s when we flipped,” said Reyes Rubio, 21, testifying during a lengthy hearing before juvenile court Judge Abigail Aragon on Monday.

  • Gordon Jewelers closing its doors

    A store that once served as Calvin Baker III’s playground will soon become a memory. Gordons, the iconic jewelry store on Douglas Avenue, will close its doors locally after a huge liquidation sale beginning Thursday. The sale is scheduled to last through Saturday.
    “The decision was not easy. There was a lot of tears and a lot of thought put into it,” said Baker, whose grandfather and father ran Gordons before leaving it to him.