Today's News

  • East faced state takeover

    The Las Vegas City Schools District was on the verge of being taken over by the state in May due to major problems in its special education program and its repeated failure to take steps to fix those issues.

    The state Public Education Department said the deficiencies have been ongoing for years, characterizing the district’s  failure to comply with laws, rules and regulations as “substantial and pervasive.”

  • Country Strong

    By Ron Querry
    For the Optic

    If you’ve traveled Interstate 25 north of Las Vegas, chances are you’ve admired the big red barn with the distinctive Hashknife Brand on the west side near the exit to Watrous.

    Surrounded by neat corrals and an arena and well-tended irrigated pastures where fine horses and cattle graze, the 100-plus-year-old barn watches over the entrance to Dogie Jones’ Hashknife Ranch.

  • Pendaries properties will be auctioned

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    A July 30 auction to sell 24 lots and a three-story luxury home at Pendaries Village is getting national attention.

    Travis Birdsong, owner of United Country–Birdsong Auction & Real Estate Group in Poplar Bluff, Mo., with an office in Chama, said he’s received inquiries from individuals, real estate brokers and investors.

    “They’ve been coming in from all over the board -- from the Gulf Coast, East Coast, all the way to Montana and Florida,” Birdsong said Tuesday.

  • New Mexico facing budget trouble

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A bipartisan alarm was sounded Thursday by state officials who say evaporating revenues could leave New Mexico scrambling to meet its spending commitments for everything from schools and public safety to health care over the next budget year.

    A key state senator called on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to order lawmakers back to Santa Fe this summer to fill an expected hole of close to $200 million in the budget for the fiscal year that ended in June.

  • In Brief July 24, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Closure of rec center on hold

    Because the city of Las Vegas has not yet hired a contractor to perform extensive repairs to the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, the closing date for the facility has been pushed back yet again.

    City officials are now saying they don’t know when the center will close.

  • Trump says America in crisis — and he’ll fix it ‘fast’

    By Julie Pace
    and Robert Furlow
    The Associated Press

    CLEVELAND — Declaring America in crisis, Donald Trump pledged to cheering Republicans and still-skeptical voters Thursday night that as president he will restore the safety they fear they’re losing, strictly curb immigration and save the nation from Hillary Clinton’s record of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”

  • Conservation of New Deal murals under way

    Submitted to the Optic

    Two rare murals created by New Deal artist Edma Pierce likely in the 1930s at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe are getting a needed facelift some eight decades after they were painted.

  • Looking Back July 24, 2016
  • Weather - July 24, 2016


    HIGH 90° / LOW 58°

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

    6:03 a.m. to 8:11 p.m.



  • Noticias July 24, 2016

    •If you are a non-profit or church and need volunteers on a regular basis, contact the San Miguel County DWI Office at 425-7998.

    •Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is taking applications for volunteers. Call CASA at 454-0223 or visit the office.

    •The “Si Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the NA helpline: 1-866-885-6562 or Frances at 575-815-8544.