Today's News

  • Weather - Feb. 27, 2015

    A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -4. South wind 15-20 mph. New snow accumulation of 1-2 inches possible. A 50 percent chance of snow at night. Cloudy, with a low around 14. South wind 10-15 mph.

    A chance of snow before 11 a.m., then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. South wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 27, 2015

    Congratulations to the Robertson High School wrestling team and to coach Richard Martinez for bringing home yet another team state championship this past weekend. The team’s hard work and discipline was obvious throughout the season. And a special shout out to Richard “Rico” Montoya who is ending his high school career as a five-time state champ. What this group of kids has accomplished is impressive. It’s a fitting way for Martinez to end his long stint as Robertson’s wrestling coach.

  • Editorial cartoon - Feb. 27, 2015
  • Infectious optimism in Vegas

    By Joseph W. McCaffrey

    For the Optic

    I can feel a new spirit of optimism in Las Vegas. This infectious optimism was written about in a recent New Mexico Magazine article by Kate Nelson [New Mexico Magazine, July 2014, 36-42].

    What are the sources of this new optimism?

  • Time to end failed policy of social promotion

    By Nora Espinoza

    Recently, the Las Vegas Optic published an opinion from Art Trujillo. I completely disagree with him. We must stop passing students who can’t read.

    Knowing how to read is one of the most important life skills you could ever learn. When you know how to read, knowledge is at your fingertips and nothing is far from reach.

    Unfortunately for New Mexico, too many of our children are unable to read proficiently. Yet, year after year we pass them onto the next grade without blinking an eye.

  • NM needs jobs, highway repairs, but not more debt

    By John Arthur Smith

    New Mexico needs more jobs, and we need them now. That is what we hear from folks in the cafes and diners in Deming and across our state.

    It was confirmed in a recent study by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research: We are ranked one of the worst in the nation when it comes to economic and job growth – 48th of 50 states. That is a tough situation for families.

  • Winter wonderland
  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Feb. 27, 2015


    9:30 a.m. to noon —  Spanish Spelling Bee, Mora Middle School

    PARCC testing at Mora Schools

    3:30 to 4:30 p.m. —  Technology committee meeting, high school library


    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers with coffee and milk served daily.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Tapaderos: Those funny-looking stirrup covers

    I was surprised to see the host of Antiques Roadshow, Mark Wahlberg, introduce a recent segment by riding a horse, no less. He also visited a museum where valuable old Mexican saddles were on exhibit.

    It is easy for me to think that everybody knows how and why a saddle works the way it does. It is built to protect both the horse and the rider and when used properly can save a lot of problems, from the saddle sores on the horses back to a real wreck when a cinch breaks and the riders and saddle land on the ground.

  • Noticias - Feb. 27, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Ambercare is looking for exceptional people for volunteers, who are 18 years of age or older, with a tremendous capacity for caring to offer their services as a hospice volunteer. Hospice volunteers may read to a patient, take a walk, hold a hand when needed, play games or simply listen and provide companionship. If you would like to volunteer, contact local Ambercare Volunteer Coordinator, Diane Ortiz at 426-5898.