Today's News

  • Bridge aficionados

    By Gwen Albers, Special to the Optic

    Lois Patterson moved to Las Vegas from San Diego a year ago not knowing a soul. So, the 89-year-old set out to find bridge players.

    “Now I’m playing once or twice a week,” said Patterson, a retired legal secretary.

    A classified ad in The Optic helped her find a contingent of 20 to 30 mainly Las Vegas retirees who regularly play the trick-taking card game. Some do so three to four times a week.

  • New Mexico In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Pojoaque enters new compact

    SANTA FE — Pueblo of Pojoaque leaders have agreed to sign a new gambling compact with New Mexico after years of fighting back against the state’s attempts to increase its share of revenue from the tribe’s casinos.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 6, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 28 and August 4:

    Daniel Hernandez, 36, aggravated battery on a household member, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Martin Cordova, 55, possession of drug paraphernalia, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Edward Trujillo, 21, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Linda Darras-Jones, 61, DWI (first offense), Obedience to traffic, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — Aug. 7-11, 2017

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


    Breakfast: Egg and cheese burrito with diced onion and green chile Lunch: Lasagna, garden salad, mixed vegetables, French bread, and yogurt


    Breakfast: Cereal, and bagel with cream cheese Lunch: Red chile smothered beef and bean burrito, spinach, and gelatin with fruit


  • Qué Pasa: Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017

    Upcoming & Ongoing

    Aug. 10 through Aug. 12

    Looking for vendors for the San Miguel/Mora County Fair scheduled for Aug. 10 through Aug. 12. Contact Brenda Ramirez at 505-617-1352 for more information.

    Aug. 12

  • From your Senator: Time to open Sabinoso Wilderness to the public

    By U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

    Fall hunting season is just around the corner, and sportsmen in northern New Mexico are eager to finally access the narrow mesas and rugged canyons of the Sabinoso Wilderness — the only legally inaccessible wilderness area in the entire nation.

    Surrounded by private land and without a legal road or trail to get there, the public has effectively been locked out of this stunning landscape that we all own.

  • Just a thought: Put trophy on the shelf and move on

    By Rick Kraft

    If you were sitting at home by your fireplace and your young child or grandchild came and sat on your knee and asked you, “What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?” how would you answer this question?

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017.

  • Hiding data hurts goverment

    The following editorial was recently published by the Silver City Daily Press.

    Recently, the Silver City Daily Press received a call from a Santa Clara resident who had been burglarized, and who told us that five other people in their neighborhood had also been victimized. That afternoon, in an effort to get the story, we submitted a public records request to the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority, asking for the record of all calls from Santa Clara from Sunday night into Monday morning — a public record known as a police blotter.

  • Another perspective: Beware of deceptive ‘weasel words’ in politics

    The following editorial was recently published in the Roswell Daily Record.

    When you don’t get a straight answer to a simple question, that’s a red flag.

    When the expected answer should be something approximating a yes or a no, anything other than that is often indicative of deceit. Beware.