Today's News

  • Lovato gets 1 year in jail

    The Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges stemming from a  2013 alcohol related crash that left two young girls dead and several others injured will spend one year locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Celebrating Hanukkah
  • Montaño is new city police chief

    Heeding the recommendation of a vocal group of police officers and representatives of two city unions, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz formally appointed Commander Juan Montaño to the chief’s position at a special Council meeting on Monday.

    City Councilors voted unanimously to confirm the appointment and to approve the one-year, $67,687 contract for Montaño, who will take over for outgoing Chief Christian Montaño. The two are not related.

  • Decades of yuletide decorations

    Alvin and Charlene Jiron are in full Christmas spirit. Their South Pacific home, nestled within large trees, is fully decorated from wall to wall ­— a family tradition for three decades. Roughly 30 fully decorated Christmas trees, nutcrackers of all sizes, Santa figurines of various actions, and the smell of the holidays lingering in the air are what one sees when exploring the Jiron home.

  • Gov selects two as regents for HU

    Las Vegas Optic

    Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday nominated Las Vegas native LouElla Marr-Montoya to the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents.

    Also nominated for the Highlands board was Sandra Turner of Clovis, who is also an alumna of the university.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 24

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 24, 2014

    Flu shot clinics
    The New Mexico Department of Health is having ongoing walk-in flu clinics Monday-Friday, 8-11:30 a.m. and 1 -4:30 p.m. at the San Miguel Public Health Office, 18 Gallegos Road in Las Vegas. There is no charge to those attending the clinics, but everyone should bring their insurance card with them.

  • FYI - News - Dec. 24, 2014

    The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home.
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    The Optic will close at 2 p.m. today and will be closed Thursday for the Christmas holiday.

  • Weather - Dec. 24, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 46. West wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Windy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. Breezy.


  • Giving back