Today's News

  • PED now vouching for 3 administrators

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The state Public Education Department has backtracked and is now saying two educators it previously confirmed to have deficient administrative licenses can serve as licensed public school administrators in New Mexico.

    And the agency is saying that a third educator — who the Optic found to have submitted letters overstating his higher education administrative experience — qualifies for his administrative license.

  • Plenty on tap for Fall fun

    Mora is beaming with Halloween spirit in preparation for a big celebration on Saturday. Anita Moss, a Mora resident, is leading the effort to coordinate the Mora Fall Festival, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Mora Arts and Culture District.

  • Voters will decide bail amendment

    One of the measures New Mexico voters will decide on Nov. 8 is a constitutional amendment that — if approved — will give judges greater authority to deny bail to defendants deemed to pose a threat to the community.

  • Trump seizes on leaked emails

    By Lisa Lerer and Jonathan Lemire
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — Seeking to lash Hillary Clinton to her husband’s sprawling post-presidential empire, Donald Trump accused the couple of turning to corruption to enrich themselves while in public service. Michelle Obama boosted Clinton at a North Carolina rally, meanwhile, as the candidate cheered her on.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 28, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 19 and Oct. 24:

    Dion Maes, 48, bench warrant: failure to appear, Mora
    Alfonso Garduño, 30, 25-day commitment, Las Vegas Municipal Court
    Frank Romero, 39, bench warrant: failure to appear, District Court
    Alejandro Mollineda, 19, bench warrant: failure to appear, Valencia County
    Edward Garcia, 19, bench warrant: receiving stolen property, larceny, possession of a controlled substance, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 26, 2016

    Las Vegas will be the site of the largest “O” gauge train set-up in the state, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Hotel. The exhibit is part of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors’ fifth annual Fred Harvey celebration. Five train collectors, members of the Santa Fe Model Railroad Club, will combine their talents for a large working train in the Plaza’s ballroom.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 28, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Southeast NM and this year’s election tumult

    ROSWELL — The Republican Party rules the roost here in southeastern New Mexico. Donald Trump for president, Steve Pearce for Congress, Nora Espinoza for Secretary of State — these are the front-running candidacies in this corner of the state, along with the many other district and local races also on this year’s ballots. Expect Republicans to win big down here, as they always do.

  • Vegas Bowl - Plenty at stake this time

    When it comes to gearing up for Vegas Bowl, the head coaches of the Meadow City’s high school football teams take different approaches.

    Robertson’s Leroy Gonzalez believes in embracing the long-running rivalry as a motivator for his Cardinals.

    “I always play it up,” he said. “We play the rivalry up. We have to be on our toes. We’re not looking past anybody.”
    West Las Vegas’ Adrian Gonzales has another take, however.

  • District meet loaded with talent

    When the powers that be in the New Mexico Activities Association decided to expand District 2-4A effective this season, they did Las Vegas’ teams no favors.

    That’s especially true in a sport like cross country. Robertson’s girls and West Las Vegas’ boys have a solid shot at qualifying for state out of Saturday morning’s district meet, but they’ll have to battle to make it against the likes of Pojoaque Valley, St. Mike’s and Taos — state contenders all.