Local News

  • County manager changes direction of book group

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    County supervisors have probably been directing department managers to read books on leadership, presumably, since the modern concept of counties was created.

    However, one recent directive from recently hired San Miguel County Manager Vidal Martinez resulted in some unexpected developments with a Christian book.

  • Charges refiled against woman accused of theft

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Charges were dropped and then refiled this week against a Las Vegas woman was recently arrested on several charges, stemming from incident at a restaurant where she worked.

    Krystle Alarcon, 33, was recently arrested and initially charged with two counts of larceny, fraudulent use of credit cards, forgery, embezzlement and a probation violation.

    The criminal complaint related to the charges was dismissed without prejudice Aug. 25. It was re-filed Tuesday in San Miguel Magistrate Court on Tuesday, with slightly different charges.

  • Farm Bill meeting set for in Mora on Sept. 13

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The most recent Farm Bill approved by Congress directs that local work groups be organized and meetings held. In New Mexico, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts are given the responsibility of initiating and chairing these meetings.

    The public is invited to participate in the local work group being organized by Western Mora SWCD, Mora/Wagon Mound SWCD, Colfax SWCD and Tierra Y Montes SWCD on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.

    The meeting will be held at Helping Hands, Highway 518, mile marker 30, in Mora.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 1, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Auditor: PED misplaced $20M

    SANTA FE — Officials from the New Mexico State Auditor’s office said the Public Education Department cannot adequately explain how it spent $20 million for administrative support, as they briefed a panel of state lawmakers on Wednesday.

  • Cowboy poetry event set for Sat. in Donnelly building

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Saturday, an evening of cowboy poetry and music will be held in the Leveo Sanchez Room adjacent to Donnelly Library on the Highlands Campus.

    The poet who penned the works got rolling after he won a local essay contest in 1911.

    The Las Vegas Citizen’s Committee for Historic preservation, the Friends of Fort Union National Monument, and Highlands University are sponsoring two activities highlighting the legacy of the Barkers.  

  • Weather - Sept. 1, 2017


    HIGH 83°/ LOW 51°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.

    6:33 a.m. to 7:28 p.m.


    HIGH 81° / LOW 51°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    Thursday night — a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

  • Highlands homecoming festivities begin Sept. 8

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    This year’s Highlands University homecoming festivities kick off Sept. 8 and continue through Sept. 17.

    Some highlights include the Sept. 16 homecoming parade at 10 a.m. and homecoming football game at 2 p.m. with the Cowboys taking on the Texas Wesleyan University Rams.

  • LVCS implements new curriculum

    By Mercy López-Acosta
    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas City Schools officials have implemented a new curriculum in hopes of increasing standardized test scores on its Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

    Monday, district officials announced the implementation of a new curriculum iReady, which will be implemented this school year, for kindergarten through sixth grade students. Officials have implemented this in hopes of raising students’ PARCC scores.

  • Woman jailed; accused of theft from employer

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas woman was recently jailed, thanks, in part, to a quick-thinking Walmart manager who spotted a discrepancy on an allegedly stolen check.

    Krystle Alarcon, 33, was recently booked into San Miguel County Detention Center on several charges after Las Vegas Police say she used a customer’s credit card information and also tried to cash a check she had stolen from her manager at her place of employment, Smiling Faces restaurant.

  • Festival honors history of mill

    By Mercy López-Acosta
    Las Vegas Optic

    The tranquil grounds of the Clevelland Roller Mill Museum will soon see plenty of music, fun, and people. The 30th annual Cleveland Millfest takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the mill located just north of Mora off N.M. 518.