Today's News

  • System Failure: Nick Trujillo surrenders admin license

    By Mercy López and Martin Salazar

    Wagon Mound educator Nick Trujillo has surrendered his administrative license rather than having to prove that he qualified for it.

    Trujillo’s administrative license came into question after state Public Education Department officials discovered he lacked the mandatory six years of administrative experience at a higher education institution to qualify for the pathway used to grant him the license.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Take 5: Meadow City Music Festival

    By Beth Urech

    “Mark, did Dave Brubeck compose, ‘Take Four’ or ‘Take Five’?”  

    Standing on the ladder painting our bathroom, my husband guffaws. “You should start your column that way. Anyone who knows anything about music will laugh.”  So here goes. And I hope you’re splitting your sides or at least chuckling.

  • Man charged in machete attack

    A Las Vegas man was arrested last Thursday for allegedly attacking another man with a machete during a fight over a stolen tire.

    Henry Rivera, 66, of the 4600 block of El Llano, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention center and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, causing great bodily harm, a third-degree felony, aggravated assault, a second-degree felony and with two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.

    According to the criminal complaint filed by state police in San Miguel County Magistrate Court:

  • Clinton puts Trump on the defensive in debate

    By Julie Pace and Jill Colvin
    The Associated Press

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto defense by Hillary Clinton’s cascade of critiques about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate.

  • Optic wins Public Service, 10 other Press Association awards

    The Las Vegas Optic won 11 awards in the NMPA APME Better Newspaper Contest over the weekend, including first place honors in the coveted Public Service category for its reporting on Charles Trujillo, the former Mora Superintendent who was charged with multiple felonies after the Optic uncovered that he had falsified his credentials to obtain educator licenses he didn’t qualify for.

    Trujillo is facing multiple felony counts of fraud and forgery.

  • Weather - Sept. 28, 2016


    HIGH 76° / LOW 47°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
    6:54 a.m. to 6:48 p.m.


    HIGH 73° / LOW 48°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:55 a.m. to 6:47 p.m.


  • Que Pasa - Sept. 28, 2016


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    1 to 5:15 p.m.

  • Las Vegas at its best

    Most of us know the tragic story of Jeramiah Gouin, the Sapello teen who was left paralyzed from the chest down after a May 31 accident at a bull-riding camp in Maxwell. A bull stepped on him, crushing all but one of the eight vertebrae in his neck.

    Jeramiah, who turned 18 on Sunday, spent nearly four months in hospitals after the accident and finally returned home this past Sunday.

    In anticipation of his homecoming, local contractor Travis Regensberg undertook a $65,000 remodel of Jeramiah’s home. And he’s doing it with donated labor and materials.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 28, 2016
  • Work of Art: Big whoopee! Let’s be neater

    There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who use the Oxford comma, and those who don’t. I’m not a willing user, even to the peril of a lowered grade in school.

    An instructor we suffered through in the Dark Ages at Highlands University laid out some arcane rules we were to follow in doing our homework. One was that we use the serial (or Oxford or Harvard) comma whenever necessary. “It looks neater,” she said.