Today's News

  • Straight from the City: City works on collaboration

    It does surprise me when some folks still ask, “What has the city done over the past year?”

    I can tell you first-hand that the city has been a whirlwind of activity, since I came on board seven months ago.

    What the City has been doing is too broad a topic to address in a single column, so I’ll just touch on a few of the high points.

    Let’s start with water.

    The city has been working diligently to resolve the half-century-long dispute with our acequias in a way that leaves all parties winners.

  • You can run from sopaipillas for only so long

    By Jason W. Brooks, Optic Editor

    When I left the Land of Enchantment on a cold, windy day in February 2013, Las Vegas was my last stop for food and snacks. Now, it’s my destination.

    After 12 years in New Mexico, I decided to leave behind the land of red chile chicken stuffed sopaipillas for a more diverse climate and other newspaper opportunities.

  • Another Perspective:

    It doesn’t take long in northern New Mexico to see the signs of a sluggish economy. Local businesses are closing, and empty storefronts dot our main streets all too often. I have always devoted my efforts to improving the economy of northeastern New Mexico.

    I’m always happy, then, to see new construction, and I’m very happy to report that Las Vegas and San Miguel County can look forward to over $45 million in new construction from capital outlay projects over the next couple of years.

    These projects include:

  • Just a Thought: There’s always someone who can do it better

    By Rick Kraft

    Many people live their lives looking to their left and right so much that it is amazing they don’t get a very sore neck.

    What we need to be doing is looking forward. That is why God put eyes on the front of our head. In other words, there is a reason God did not give us eyes on our left or right, nor did He put eyes on the back of our heads.

    People who are continually looking left and right will not accomplish what they need to be accomplishing in this world.

  • Habermann López receives lifetime achievement award

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education recognized Highlands University alumna Mary Jean Habermann López with its highest honor for her lifelong impact on bilingual education.

    Habermann López received the Ben Luján Lifetime Achievement Award at the NMABE annual conference April 29.

    Lujan, who died in 2012, was the longtime New Mexico speaker of the house and a champion of bilingual education.

  • Weather - May 21, 2017


    HIGH 77° / LOW 44°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. South wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night — a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
    5:52 a.m. to 8:04 p.m.


  • Senior Lunch Menu — May 21, 2017

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals. Menu for May 22 to May 26.

    Breakfast: Scrambled egg, tortilla, yogurt, and peanut butter
    Lunch: Baked fish squares, tartar sauce, green beans, potato wedges, and yogurt

    Breakfast: Cereal, English muffin and peanut butter
    Lunch: Beef and cheese enchilada with red chile, pinto beans, Spanish rice, crackers, and vanilla pudding

  • Que Pasa - May 21, 2017


    2 p.m.
    The Farmers Market video produced by Molly Smollett will be shown in the Highlands University Media Arts and Technology Building. The showing is free and open to the public.

  • Students of the month - May 21, 2017
  • Fidget toys aren’t just hype

    By Katherine Isbister
    University of California, Santa Cruz

    The fidget spinner craze has been sweeping elementary and middle schools. As of May 17 every one of the top 10 best-selling toys on Amazon was a form of the hand-held toy people can spin and do tricks with. Kids and parents are even making them for themselves using 3D printers and other more homespun crafting techniques.