Today's News

  • Juvenile rolls car on airport runway

    A juvenile driver received multiple citations after a taking a car onto a Las Vegas Airport runway and getting into a rollover accident — with an 8-year-old passenger in the car.

    At about 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, a black car drove onto the airport runway, according to Las Vegas Police. The car later flipped, possibly rolling multiple times.

    A 17-year-old male was allegedly driving, with an 8-year-old passenger. Their names are being withheld by LVPD because they are juveniles.

  • A unique Mora County retreat center is begun by those who develop work skills

    Getting to Ocate Cliffs isn’t easy. Getting things done at Ocate Cliffs isn’t always easy, either, but that’s usually the point of going there.

    Designed as a new employment model for adults diagnosed with autism and Asperger syndrome, Ocate Cliffs is a nonprofit foundation that utilizes 139 acres on a mesa northwest of the village of Ocate, in northern Mora County.

  • Rape convict to serve time locally

    A Las Vegas man, who faced possible state prison time on a charge of criminal sexual penetration, will instead serve his time in the county’s detention center.

    Francisco Maestas, 23, was sentenced June 29 to one year in San Miguel County Detention Center for a crime to which he pleaded guilty in January. San Miguel District Court Judge Abigail Aragon technically ordered an 18-month state sentence for Maestas, but six months of the sentence are suspended, and will be permitted to serve his sentence at the county jail.

  • Suspects in three murder cases await court dates

    Suspects in three different San Miguel County murder cases are at various stages as their cases move ahead.

    Ruth Rivera of Ribera and Daniel Sullivan of Las Vegas have trials scheduled, while Richard J. Griego of Villanueva does not have a trial date yet, according to court records.

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  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 19, 2017

    The Associated Press
    County sheriff recall possible
    PORTALES — A group of residents in eastern New Mexico want to launch efforts aimed at recalling Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker.

    The Eastern New Mexico News reports the group is asking a state district judge to allow them to circulate a recall petition.

    Records show the petition claims “Malin Parker has a policy, custom and routine of retaliating against any individual(s) ... who oppose him and his policies.”

  • Weather - July 19, 2017


    HIGH 87°/ LOW 56°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night ­— partly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
    6 a.m. to 8:14 p.m.


  • Que Pasa - July 19, 2017


    7 p.m.

  • Events to honor ancestral connections to the outdoors

    Submitted to the Optic

    Latino Conservation Week  is coming up, and the nonprofit organization Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting & the Outdoors will be celebrating this weekend in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas with events that are free and open to the public. The three days of activities highlight Latino connections to the outdoors, stewardship of the land, and maintaining generations-old traditions in camping.

  • AP Explains: Why term ‘la raza’ has complicated roots

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The National Council of La Raza announced this week that it was changing its name to UnidosUS, dropping a word that has deep roots but may have hurt the organization in moving toward the future.

    The change to remove “la raza” comes amid a backlash from conservatives and a desire by the civil rights group to appeal to younger Latinos in the United States.