Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 28, 2014

    • San Miguel County offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
    • City of Las Vegas offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving.
    • The City of Las Vegas Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. All commercial routes will run as scheduled except for the Thanksgiving Day commercial route which will not run. For more information, call Mary at 426-3217.

  • Holiday cookies inspired by candy bars


    Start to finish: 1 hour
    Servings: 4 dozen

    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 egg
    2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 cups chopped salted peanuts
    48 cream center caramel candies (such as Caramel Creams)

    Heat the oven to 350 F.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 28, 2014

    The Las Vegas San Miguel Economic Development Corporation has hired William Hendrickson as its new executive director. Hendrickson earned his MBA from the University of South Florida and has 20 years of business experience. We congratulate Hendrickson on his new position and wish him luck in bolstering economic development in our community.


  • Editorial cartoons - Nov. 28, 2014
  • Another Perspective: Finding the right credit solution for your business

    By Ben White

    Submitted to the Optic

    About one in three business owners say they use their own funds or personal credit for their business, according to a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey. Yet as a business seeks to grow, obtaining business credit is essential and can help finance purchases, build a credit history, supplement cash flow and preserve savings.

  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 28, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Portland (Maine) Press Herald on “social pressuring,” (Nov. 18):

    Americans treasure free speech and the ability to share their opinions, but we understand that our vote is private. When we step up to fill in our ballot, sometimes behind a red, white and blue curtain, we do so knowing that our choice is ours alone, and who we voted for is nobody’s business unless we want to tell them.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Nov. 28, 2014

    Noon —  Mora Middle School Rangerettes basketball vs. Dulce, home
    2 p.m. —  Mora High School Rangerettes basketball vs. Taos, home
    4 p.m. —  Mora Middle School Rangerettes basketball vs. Santa Rosa, home

    4 p.m. —   Mora High School Rangerettes basketball vs. Pecos, away
    4 p.m. —   Mora High School Rangers basketball vs. Pecos, away


  • Mora County Notebook - Organizations working to improve park

    Morphy Lake State Park is usually booming during the summer months, but in the winter it is quiet, as ducks can be seen gently floating across the calm chilly water.

    For numerous Mora County farmers the park means a way to store water that will be used to irrigate their fields during the growing season. The winter months are crucial to the farmers as the moisture is needed in the spring and summer.

    But there is a slight problem.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Moberg garage could fix just about anything

    I have an audience of one as I write this column on Nov. 17. It is 10:30 in the morning and it has warmed up to 32 degrees. It was 1 degree at 8 this morning and there are 7 to 8 inches of snow on the ground. The snow has finally melted off the deck railing and because it is iron it is obviously the only warm perch around here at the moment.

    My visitor is a very cold mourning dove. Her feathers are fluffed out to the maximum, and she is watching the houseflies that have suddenly come alive and are crawling up the picture windows here.

  • Chamber gets city contract

    Nearly a year after the city ceased funding the Las Vegas San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, the City Council has thrown the organization a new lifeline.

    Councilors voted unanimously last week to approve a seven- month, $35,000 contract for the struggling organization, but in order to receive that funding, the chamber will need to provide several deliverables, including working to recruit 100 new members.