Today's News

  • Wagon Mound to host meeting about wells

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic, Editor

    A group of Wagon Mound-area residents have pooled some of the resources in an attempt to block a proposed irrigation plan for farming.

    Tracy Seidman, whose family owns land southeast of Wagon Mound, is helping lead a group of ranchers and others in the area in opposition to a plan that includes drilling two new wells on property located near I-25 by Robert Quintana.

  • Contando historias - An area musician started playing in public more than 40 years ago

    Old habits die hard.

    When you’ve been pleasing people with your music for more than four decades, there’s little reason to stop — or even slow down.

    Florian Castillo, who’ll turn 64 in August, has been a fixture of the Las Vegas music scene since 1975, when he first began performing in public.

    The Tecolotito native and lifelong area resident actually got his start while a teenager growing up among relatives like his grandfather Demetrio and others who were musicians.

  • Lawmakers urge governor to reinstate funding

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers sent a long list of budget-balancing measures — including new taxes on internet sales and gasoline — to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday, seeking an agreement that would restore vetoed funding to all state universities and the Legislature itself.

    The Legislature recessed for the long weekend, giving Martinez until Tuesday to pick and choose among remedies and reinstate $765 million in spending cuts.

  • Baca sentenced to 7 years in sex case

    Benjamin Baca, the 76-year-old Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual penetration against mentally ill women, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

    The sentence is the maximum allowable under terms of a plea agreement reached in February. District Judge Matt Sandoval, in ordering the sentence on Friday, called the case "disturbing."

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  • In Brief - News - May 28, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Gianforte wins by six points
    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Republican businessman won the state’s U.S. House seat after being charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the election, a victory that may temper Democrats’ hopes for a massive anti-Trump wave next year.

    Greg Gianforte apologized late Thursday for attacking a reporter who had asked about the GOP health care bill.

  • Hospital: reception for UNM students

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital of Las Vegas will host a welcome reception June 8 for its four University of New Mexico BA/MD summer students and its one PIE (Practical Immersion Experience) student.

    The reception is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. Refreshments will be provided.

    RSVP to Theresa Vigil at 505-426-3930 or Theresa_Vigil@QuorumHealth.com.

    Alta Vista thanks its community healthcare and education partners that make the program possible.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Foundation hoping to restore St. Vrain Mill

    Surprise! It is cold and snowy as I write this. Yes, it is past the middle of May and those of us who live in the mountains know we can still have a freeze. My geraniums will obviously have to wait another week before they can move out on my deck. So much for spring weather here.

    Friends and I enjoy a hop, skip and a jump, often on the spur of the moment, to visit my county seat, Mora, and have a chile fix lunch at one of the restaurants there. We often drive out past the alpaca ranch, just to enjoy the scenery.

  • Retired NMHU biology professor to serve in Peace Corps in Ghana

    Submitted to the Optic

    A retired Highlands University biology professor will devote her experience teaching science to high school students in Ghana through Peace Corps service.

    Mary Shaw, who taught at Highlands from 1993 to 2016, began her Peace Corps training on May 27.

  • Study shows students benefit from program

    The Associated Press
    PORTLAND, Ore.  — A study has found that an early learning program at Portland Public Schools has been successful.

    The three-week pre-kindergarten program is aimed at students whose primary language is not English and did not attend preschool prior to entering grade school. It’s offered for free at about a dozen high-poverty schools in the district during the summer.

    Multnomah County Partnership For Education researchers followed 450 students who participated in the program throughout a five-year period.