Today's News

  • Shake off winter and plan to explore the state

    SANTA ROSA — Maybe it's cabin fever, the kind that hits in the dead of winter. Or perhaps it was the brisk morning walk I took alongside some summertime soon-to-be tourist attractions here in the City of Natural Lakes. Or, maybe I'm just not in the mood to tackle anything too serious today.

    Whatever the reason, my attention now turns to the upcoming spring and summer, when most of this state really shows itself off.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 2, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 2, 2018.

  • Mora man arrested for shooting at ex-girlfriend

    GUADALUPITA — A Mora man was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center earlier this week on several charges after New Mexico State Police say he fired a rifle into the back of his ex-girlfriend's vehicle as she tried to get away from him.

    Monday at about 3:50 p.m., New Mexico State Police officers responded to a location on State Road 434 in Guadalupita, located between Mora and Angel Fire, for a call about an assault with a deadly weapon.

  • Congressman stops by Optic office

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján was on his way to a Mora-area acequia event Feb. 17. His staff arranged for him to stop by the Optic and answer questions for about 30 minutes.

  • Hearing on Trujillo case set for March 23

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A hearing is set for March 23 in Fourth District Court in Las Vegas regarding a motion by the defense attorney for Charles E. Trujillo. 

  • Let the madness begin: The Optic's state basketball preview

    For many in northern New Mexico, this is the most wonderful time of the year.

    State basketball tournaments will tip off this weekend with first-round matchups at campus sites across the Land of Enchantment. Seven area teams are competing in five brackets, each looking to capture the elusive blue trophies that go to the state champions.

    We preview their quests here.

    GIRLS (Friday, March 2, at campus sites)

    CLASS 4A

  • Small group at forum covers much ground

    About 60 people attended a forum hosted by the  Optic on Tuesday in advance of the City of Las Vegas elections.

    Unfortunately, only three candidates were there.

    Municipal Judge challenger Steve Pacheco, Ward 1 City Council candidate Oliver L'Esperance and Ward 4 candidate David G. Romero were the only ones who came to the 90-minute forum, held in a lecture hall on the Highlands University campus. That meant all three men were asked questions by the audience that covered many subject areas.

  • Buffalo Soldiers presentation

    Theresa Wesner/For the Optic

    James Shephard of Fort Union National Monument present information and items from the Buffalo Soldiers era Saturday at the City of Las Vegas Museum.

    The presentation is part of the city’s “Saturdays at the Museum” series.

    More photos will be featured in an upcoming edition.

  • Tri-county poverty summit slated

    Issues impacting San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties will be discussed in the March 29 Tri-County Poverty Summit.

    Rock Ulibarri, San Miguel County Commissioner, and Yolanda Cruz, coordinator for the county’s DWI Program, are spearheading the event, to be held at the United World College in Montezuma.

    Organizers are seeking attendance from government agencies, non-profit agencies, community members and leaders, youth involvement, members of the business, educational and health and behavioral health sectors.

  • Study: Inequality persists 50 years after landmark report

    By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Barriers to equality pose threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, according to study made public Tuesday that examines the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 Kerner Report.