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Today's News

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

  • Man found deceased at home during fire

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An elderly adult male was found deceased outside of a home in the 500 block of Ninth Street when the Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a call about a fire Wednesday afternoon.

    The fire was called in at about 4:30 p.m. According to City of Las Vegas Public Information Officer Lee Einer, the LVFD response time by was two minutes. Einer said the deceased man was apparently non-ambulatory (wheelchair-bound,) and was found outside the home. 

  • Wagon Mound hoping to improve ambulance coverage

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Fifty years ago, it was common for a New Mexico State Police trooper or a county sheriff’s deputy to use their vehicle to transport someone who needed emergency medical care.

    As time rolled on, ambulance service has been brought into rural communities, with an endless series of success and setbacks, especially in towns along major highways. Wagon Mound is one of those highway communities still struggling to get and keep ambulance service.

  • Another man added to list of Catholic accusers

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Another anonymous man was recently added to the list of alleged victims of abuse from a longtime Las Vegas priest.

    John Doe No. 71 came forward in early September to confront the Archdiocese for the repeated sexual abuse he suffered as a six-year-old child at the hands of Fr. Hubertus Lomme at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in the 1950s.

  • A love that never tires

    Those who drive around Camp Luna receive a visual treat as they walk or drive along Avenida Hermosa, where there’s an array of teacups, sugar bowls and flowers adjacent to the property line.

    The creator of these objects, Charles (Charlie) Tapia, has devised a variety of collectible and attractive objects made simply of used tires.

    “I get most of my tires free,” said  “because people keep discarding them.”

  • Two west-side streets to get pavement, sidewalks

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    According to a recemt City of Las Vegas news release, a historically underserved west-side area of the city will soon be getting sidewalks, gutters and pavement.

    The improvements will be made in the ward of Councilman David Ulibarri. He lives near the project site.

  • Cowgirl and Cowboy Pride

    Many Highlands University teams, groups, clubs and organizations participated in the school’s Homecoming festivities, which ran from Sept. 8-17. Here are photos taken by Margaret McKinney of NMHU; look for Theresa Wesner’s photos in Sunday’s Optic.

  • Highlands sends team for hurricane relief

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is sending a 40-member team of faculty, students and staff to Texas to provide aid to the survivors of Hurricane Harvey, which experts are calling the largest natural disaster in U.S. history.

    Hurricane Harvey made landfall in south-central Texas late Aug. 25 as a category-four hurricane, the highest ranking, with winds topping 130 miles per hour. The hurricane brought heavy rains of up to 50 inches in some areas.

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

    Friday, Sept. 29

    Pecos National Historical Park invites you to an evening under the stars for a one-time showing of Mrs. Miniver featuring Oscar-award winning actress Greer Garson. Join us on Ms. Garson’s birthday at 7 p.m. to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the release of the film. Admission to the movie is free, but due to limited space, reservations are required. Bring a flashlight and dress appropriately for a fall evening in northern New Mexico. For information and to make reservations, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241.

  • Noticias, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to brooks@ lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Alcoholics Anonymous local hotline is 505-425-3577.

    • If you are a non-profit or church and need volunteers on a regular basis, contact the San Miguel County DWI Office at 425-7998.

    • Comedor Soup Kitchen will offer a second evening meal at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall on the Plaza. Join us Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 4 p.m. for a hot meal and good company. Fresh produce and bread often available, as well as food pantry bags.