Today's News

  • How quickly life changes

    By Jill McGlaughlin, The Los Alamos Monittor

    WHITE ROCK — Ronald “Ronnie” Swartz usually didn’t fill up his truck’s gas tank in Los Alamos before heading home to Las Vegas.

    But on Feb. 5, he had plans to help his cousin after work.

    At lunchtime, the union plumber stopped at the White Rock Giant gas station on Rover Boulevard to get some gas.

    That decision put Swartz, 56, in the narrow path of a flying rock that struck him in the head, taking his life.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, March 4, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 20 and March 1, 2018:

    Dominic Montoya, Bench Warrant, Adult Probation / San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Juan Martinez-Sandoval, Felony Warrant, San Miguel District Court.
    Lance G. Madrid, Bench Warrant, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Deion Pettiford, Felony Warrant, San Miguel District Court.
    Richard F. Varela, Aggravated Assault, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Nicole Gallegos-Aragon, Bench Warrant, Valencia County Adult Probation.

  • Memorial Middle School, 2017-18 grading period 2 Honor Roll

    Eighth Grade
    Aragon, Michaelangelo
    Archuleta, Johnny P
    Archuleta, Marisa Lorena
    Arguello, Kaitlin A
    Baca, Isaiah J
    Baca, Kay-Lee A
    Baca, Lainey
    Baldy, Carl I
    Bustamante, Amanda A
    Cambron, Ambrosgio P
    Cummings, Simon H
    Deniz, Kevin Alexis
    Dominguez, Aisha R
    Encinias, Amanda J
    Estrada, Isiah J
    Fulgenzi, Nico Dean
    Gallegos, Angelica Marisol
    Gallegos, Rico F
    Garcia, Michael D
    Garcia, Stella M

  • Luis E. Armijo Elementary Jan. 2018 Students of the Month

    Here are the Luis E. Armijo Elementary students of the month for January 2018.

    They are Kristi Martinez, Danny Provencio, Alia Kimah and Mari Jo Montoya, Makayla Chavez, Coby Coca, Julian Pacheco, Mikaela Montoya and Jacelyn Codova.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, March 4, 2018

    Monday, March 5
    Las Vegas Police Commander Eric Padilla will be hosting a meeting at 6 p.m. in the LVPD station’s training room to solicit public input regarding the city opening and operating a shooting range near Camp Luna.

    Thursday, March 8
    The monthly board meeting of the El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association will be held at 7 p.m., 49 Mira Sol, Ojitos Frios Ranches subdivision. The public is welcome to attend. The agenda will be posted 72 hours in advance on www.elcreston.org.

  • Noticias, Sunday, March 4, 2018

    Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@lasvegasoptic.com.

    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m.  New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

  • El Valle Collaborative hosts healthcare co-op

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    RIBERA —January 18, 2018 - As the rural northeast counties of New Mexico continue to experience provider shortages and the future of prenatal care remains uncertain for cities like Las Vegas, one local non-profit has set its focus on a cooperative model for rural healthcare delivery.

    The El Valle Women’s Collaborative began in 2012 with the vision that they could enhance the lives of families in the Pecos River Valley through projects that support economic development, health and wellness.

  • The ‘N’ in NRA sure doesn’t stand for ‘New Mexico’

    There seem to be two main parts to the National Rifle Association: the rank and file, who are enthusiasts and enjoy hunting and other responsible ways of owning and using firearms, and the elite leadership of the organization, which enjoys politicking and making profitable, passionate speeches.

    That elite class of NRA leadership doesn’t serve its membership well — least of all, gun owners in rural northern New Mexico.

  • The work done by EPA, NMED is essential

    By Rock G. Ulibarri

    New rollbacks of state and federal environmental regulations pose significant threats to New Mexicans’ public health and economy, including our clean water.

    These new risks come at a time when dollars and staff for the federal Environmental Protection Agency are falling and when the dollars for New Mexico’s Environment Department have been slashed.

  • Yes, the legislature’s retirement plan is unique

    I want to take a moment to clear up a few issues concerning New Mexico’s legislative retirement plan. Our retirement plan is unique because New Mexico is unique.

    We are a citizen legislature — the only one in the nation that does not pay members some kind of salary.

    New Mexico legislators spend days and weeks away from their families, loved ones and jobs during legislative sessions and during the interim.