Today's News

  • Why should local governments address climate change?

    Despite its small population, San Miguel County is bearing the brunt of global climate change caused by global human activity, including the release of greenhouse gas emissions.

    It’s widely acknowledged among the scientific community that the weather patterns that New Mexico and San Miguel Co. have been experiencing of late—including effects such as drought, floods, and wildfire—are heightened in severity by climate change.

  • A special visitor to Mora Elementary

    Submitted photos

    Russ Fisher-Ives of RoboRave made an Oct. 11 visit to Mora Elementary School’s CASSM program.

    According to a World Economic Forum, about 12 percent of the job growth expected to happen between 2021 and 2025 will be in fields that require robotics knowledge and skills.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Cattle well know their likes and dislikes

    Yes, it is fall here on the ranch.

    The days may be warm and sunny, but the nights are cool to colder and the killing frosts are imminent.And that also translates into the ranch cows knowing it is time to head back into warmer climes. The cows have been up in our high mountain clearings all summer.

  • Volleyball: Taos spikers edge West

    Taos’ volleyball program hasn’t had much to celebrate in recent times, but after the Lady Tigers survived a five-set struggle at West Las Vegas on Thursday night, they were jumping for joy.

    West won the opening set and had a 2-1 match lead going into the fourth, but internal strife surfaced for the Lady Dons in that game and Taos took full advantage. The visitors won that set and then shook off a 5-1 deficit in the decisive fifth to win 15-13.

  • Looking Ahead, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017


    • NMHU women at Colorado Mesa, noon, Grand Junction, Colo.
    • LVYSL games, 1 p.m., UWC, Montezuma


    Football n West Las Vegas (B) at Escalante, 4 p.m., Tierra Amarilla.


    Volleyball: Robertson (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos; West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona.


  • Go Fish — Oct. 22, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. 


    Catches of the week

    Pecos River: Jesse Silva, 13, Zakahryah Silva, 8 and Cypriana Silva, 6, of Belen, caught limits of rainbow trout Oct. 14. They were using gold flake salmon eggs.


  • Editorial cartoon: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

    Editorial cartoon: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

  • In Brief, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Judge nominee not supported by black lawmakers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Thursday narrowly backed the nomination of a North Carolina attorney to fill the nation’s longest judicial vacancy over the objections of Democrats, black lawmakers and some civil rights groups.

  • Jail Log, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 13 and Oct. 19:
    Paul Apodaca, 48, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court. Roberto Benavidez, 67, failure to comply with conditions of release, San Miguel District Court.
    Alexander Lara, 39, aggravated assault against a household member, stalking, Mora County.
    Mariano Araica, 26, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, robbery, conspiracy, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Santa Fe County.

  • Wildlife Refuge program allows fun learning middle-schoolers

    Submitted to the Optic

    It turned out to be a wonderful year for the Mission Fly Away Program.

    Las Vegas’ Memorial, West Las Vegas, Raton, Maxwell, Cimarron, Springer, and Pojoaque Pueblo middle schools all participated in the Monarch butterfly program sponsored by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.