Local News

  • Don Cecilio September Students of the Month

    Here are the Don Cecilio Elementary School students of the month for September 2017:

    They are Larissa Martinez, Ami Madrid, Lily Arguello, Zamantha Hernandez, Janessa Williams, Jaylynn Rodriguez, Santiago Romero, Harold Santillanes and Bella Rose Martinez.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Ranch preparations for a long, cold winter

    Is it really almost December 1st as I write this? I will admit I don’t keep track of time vey well, and both September and October flew by rapidly, as in fast up here in the mountains this year.

    Back in the day, the ridgeline snowpack was already beginning to fill in, pack down and reflect the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountain sunrises that often are spectacular (as are the sunsets up here as well).

  • ‘Dreamland-ing’ in Wagon Mound

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced earluer this fall that the feature “Dreamland,” produced by Romulus Entertainment, Automatik Entertainment and LuckyChap Entertainment, would shoot principal photography in New Mexico, including some in the Wagon Mound area.

    Production was set to begin in mid-October through mid-November. 

  • Rociada-area camp to host large Boy Scout winter event

    Snow is hoped for, expected, and needed in January. That’s when more than 200 scouts with Boy Scouts of America are scheduled to recreate facets of the famous and historic Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s.

    Eddie Dry, activities director for the Sangre de Cristo district, said the annual event will take place from Jan. 12 to 15 at Camp Davis Guest Ranch in the Rociada area, about 27 miles northwest of Las Vegas. 

  • N.M. companies sign on to reduce emissions

    By Susan Montoya Bryan. The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Some of the biggest names in energy production in New Mexico have signed on to a national effort within the oil and gas industry to curb methane emissions as pressure mounts for states to enact more pollution laws.

  • Christmas donation

    New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute Patient Foundation treasurer Cathy Aragon presented a $3,400 check recently to the foundation administrator, Frances Tweed. The donation was to help purchase Christmas gifts for NMBHI patients. As part of its fundraising efforts, the nonprofit Patient Foundation raised the money through fundraisers and book fairs and takes donations from businesses. 

  • Luna president, others address accreditation issues

    Tuesday’s regular monthly Luna Community College Board of Trustees meeting had a decidedly different flavor than some other times the board had met this year.

  • County appoints two new P & Z commissioners

    San Miguel County has two new Planning and Zoning  Commissioners.

    Kenny Lujan and Harold Garcia were approved as the District 4 and District 5 commissioners for planning and zoning by the County Commission at its regular meeting Tuesday.

  • A fair-ly festive weekend

    Theresa Wesner photos

    ‘Tis the season for holiday arts and craft fairs, and last weekend featured several in San Miguel and Mora counties. 

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  • Chess and robots

    They were focused. Two groups of students at West Las Vegas Middle School anticipate their next move. Mind you, it wasn’t the high stakes game of life at this point.

    One group concentrated on mastering its opponents in chess; while the other set attempted to key in the correct steps in their smart phones to maneuver a robot car forward, back, or to turn.