Local News

  • Senior Profile - Dan and Ruby Gonzales

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Today, Dan Gonzales Sr. and wife, Ruby, enjoy the view from their Vegas Drive home overlooking a soccer field and Los Niños and Sierra Vista schools beyond. They have lived there for 15 years, having moved from their former home on Eighth and Dalbey, which they occupied for 43 years.

  • HU education school trying to regain accreditation

    New Mexico Highlands University is trying to regain the national specialty  accreditation for its School of Education that was yanked about three years ago.

    A team from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, also known as NCATE, will conduct a site visit Nov. 12-16, Vice President of Academic Affairs Gilbert Rivera told regents Wednesday.

    “I think this will be a successful visit for us,” said Michael Anderson, dean of the university’s School of Education.

  • 10,000 expected for motorcycle rally

    More than 100 years ago Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders rode into the Meadow City. This weekend the men and women of today’s iron horses will descend on Las Vegas for the sixth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally. The rally starts Friday (July 29) and ends with a reverse drawing for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Sunday.

  • Looking Back - July 29, 2011

    In 1911

    Thursday, July 27 — For the purpose of studying the collection of birds at the Normal University, Miss Fannie Ford of Las Cruces arrived in Las Vegas last night and will remain here about two days. Miss Ford is making a report on the bird life of the territory for the New Mexico Agricultural and Mechanical College at Las Cruces. The normal has a good collection of stuffed birds representing many of the species found in New Mexico.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 29, 2011

    Mora Fiestas this weekend

    The Santiago y Santa Ana Annual Mora Fiestas are being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Mora, beginning with a celebratory Friday evening mass at 6 p.m. at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church. Open to the public. No charge for parking in the church parking lot.

  • Weather - July 29, 2011

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 58. North wind 5-10 mph.

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. West wind around 5 mph, becoming south. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.


  • FYI - News

    El Camino Road between Hot Springs Boulevard and Cinder Road will be closed to through traffic until Thursday, Aug 4 due to construction of the Cinder Road bicycle and pedestrian trail project, San Miguel County has announced. Please take alternative routes. For more information contact Sangre de Cristo Gravel Products at 425-8833, ext. 10.

  • Union suggests state pension changes

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A union representing state workers proposed changes to a government pension program on Wednesday that could require some employees to stay in their jobs longer before retiring.

  • BLM to lift restrictions

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Bureau of Land Management has decided to lift all fire restrictions on lands managed by the federal agency in New Mexico because of summer rains and increased humidity levels. The restrictions will be lifted Friday.

    The only fire-related closure that will remain in effect on BLM-managed lands is the closure of the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. The monument is still closed due to the nearby Las Conchas fire and flooding concerns.

  • Bears Near Camp Luna