Today's News

  • Shootout suspect robbed store in San Miguel County, police say

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Texas man who was taken into custody after a shootout with police on I-25 in Santa Fe County drew attention to himself by committing crimes in San Miguel County.

    Accoridng to the New Mexico State Police, at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store located along Interstate 25 at mile marker 319 in San Miguel County at the San Jose exit, between Ribera and Pecos.

  • Twelfth annual bike rally set for this weekend

    It’s almost time for the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally. The 12th annual event starts Friday and ends on Sunday afternoon. As always, there will be plenty of fun, music and chrome.

    “This is a very critical event for the area,” Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally member Kayt Peck said. “It brings in plenty of people to Las Vegas and the area. They also visit area restaurants and businesses.”

  • Luna president candidates include current LCC, NMHU staff

    Several familiar names have applied for the presidency of Luna Community College.

    The eight applicants for the position are James Alarid, Jennifer M. Carbajal, Eloy Anthony Chavez, Sharon Lalla, Manuel J. Lucero, Twila Quintana, Rolando Miguel Rael, and Joseph Peter Sánchez.

    The applicants will be reviewed by a presidential search committee. The college’s board of trustees will name presidential search committee members during their August meeting.

  • Never, ever double-space — ever

    Doing research through old microfilms of the Optic, at Highlands’ Donnelly Library, I soon thought of abandoning the project — for several reasons.

    For years, a laboratory somewhere would take each issue of the Optic, photograph it and convert it to a 35mm reel of film that contained the days’ news. But that didn’t make things perfect.

  • Noticias, Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    7.28.2017, FRIDAY

    July 28 to Aug. 11: The New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel County Public Health Office will host its annual back-to-school immunization clinic starting weekdays July 28 through Aug. 11 at 18 Gallegos Road in Las Vegas from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

  • NMHU professor publishes gay pride book

    By Margaret McKinney, Highlands University

    A Highlands University special education professor earned national recognition for his book which is the first to chronicle the gay pride movement in Albuquerque.

    Paul James, “PJ” Sedillo and his 2017 book, Solidarity Through Pride: LGBT Pride in Albuquerque 1976 – 2016,” were featured in USA Today’s Faces of Pride special section June 30.

  • Mora Fiestas fun

    Despite some rain, fairgoers at last weekend’s Mora Fiestas had plenty of smiles as they enjoyed entertaining and being entertained. 

  • Little League: La Plaza juniors end up third

    In the end, La Plaza juniors baseball simply ran out of at-bats.

    North Valley’s All-stars edged La Plaza 5-4 In the playback bracket Saturday night in Carlsbad, eliminating the Las Vegas-based team from the state tournament. La Plaza provided fans with plenty of edge-of-the-seat excitement through much of its run through the tournament.

    Friday, the team edged Roadrunner 2-1 to advance to the semifinals. But a loss to the hometown Shorthorn on Saturday evening forced La Plaza to play immediately thereafter in an elimination game.

  • Scrubs repeat as local pool champs

    It is that time of year again.

    The Meadow City BCA Pool League teams retrun to Las Vegas, Nevada this month to compete at the BCA National Tournament. BCA Nationals are held at The Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino July 19-29.

    This event has more than 700 teams competing in different divisions for bragging rights as the national champions. The Scrubs pool team, led by Stephen and Amy Mora, took first place this year and has made it again for their second year in a row followed by the runner-up team, the Crazy 8s, led by Manuel Mora and Marvin Salazar.

  • Senior Olympics: Locals among winners in N.M. Games

    One of 14 Senior Olympians older than 90 competing in the 2017 New Mexico Summer Games.

    Jean Dubois of Las Vegas earned a gold medal over the weekend for her performance in the 400-meter run-walk event.

    The Senior Olympics state competitions, for most sports, took place over the weekend in Albuquerque at various venues. Nine athletes from the Las Vegas-area were among those who captured medals.

    A count of 1,147 total athletes participated in the Summer Games, according to Julio Acosta, a New Mexico Senior Olympics statistician based in Roswell.