Today's News

  • Heritage Week: Historic homes tour is Saturday

    Las Vegas has a long and unique history, which includes Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, the Santa Fe Trail and Harvey Houses.

    Not only is Las Vegas’ life story in books, but it is also seen through more than 60 major productions which have been filmed here, including Easy Rider, Wild Hogs, Wyatt Earp, All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and the popular television series Longmire.

    For the next week, Las Vegas will celebrate its diverse and unique history through plenty of events as part of this year’s Heritage Week.

  • Most of state still in severe drought

    The Associated Press

    Despite the start of monsoon season, most of New Mexico is under severe drought, thanks to high temperatures last month and below average rainfall.

    Data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor showed that 72 percent of New Mexico is experiencing severe drought conditions. Nearly 100 percent of the state is “abnormally dry” or worse.

    The drought conditions are returning a year after the state received a good amount of rainfall.

  • Active shooter training on Highlands campus
  • Jail Log

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 26 and Aug 2:

    Daniel Sullivan, age unavailable, seven-day commitment, Las Vegas Municipal Court

    Scott Sena, age unavailable, battery on a household member, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer, San Miguel Magistrate Court

    Gabriel Quintana, 35, 28-day commitment, San Miguel Magistrate Court

    Anyssa Lucero, 24, conditions of release previously imposed,  reviewed or revoked, District Court

  • Ortiz tapped for NRCS Pathways program

    Submitted to the Optic

    Diego Ortiz, son of Moises and Edwina Ortiz of Las Vegas, has been accepted into the Pathways Program and is currently working in Grants.

    Ortiz started his college internship in early June with the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the NRCS Grants Field Office.

  • New Mexico Briefs

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    Tax-free holiday under way

    Anyone interested in saving a few bucks should hit the stores.

    New Mexico is having its tax-free holiday on this weekend, which means you can purchase clothing, school supplies and even computers tax-free all weekend long.

    There are some restrictions:

    Items exempt from sales tax for the weekend include:

    • Clothing and footwear $100 and under

    • School supplies such as pens, paper and other classroom necessities $30 and under.

  • Que Pasa

    5 p.m.
    Main Street de Las Vegas guided tour of Castañeda Hotel starts at 5 p.m. and a presentation at Plaza Hotel on “How the Fred Harvey Company could have kept the businesses alive.” Cost is $25 per person. For more information, call 505-617-6800.

    5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Fridays al Fresco featuring band Maziso will take place at Plaza Park. Free and open to the public.

    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Noticias

    Submit your calendar items and notices to…
    • 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.

    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 for more information.

  • Alabama Shakes rock band concert Saturday in Taos

    Submitted to the Optic

    Grammy Award-winning bluesy roots-rock band Alabama Shakes, one of the hottest bands of 2016, will be performing live in Taos this summer.  The concert, an AMP Concerts and Walking Rain Productions event sponsored by the Town of Taos, will be held outdoors at Kit Carson Park on Saturday. 

  • Looking Back In 1966

    Friday, July 29, 1966 — It was hot today, wasn’t it? Well, you will be surprised to learn that in over 71 years of record, no weather station in the Las Vegas area has recorded a temperature of 100 degrees. Wednesday the mercury rose to a discomforting 90 degrees and Thursday the temperature dropped five notches to 85 in Las Vegas.