Today's News

  • Jail Log - May 9, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 28 and May 5:
    Jerry Martinez, 37,  failure to appear, probation violation: failure to report bench warrant SM Magistrate/Adult Probation Office 
    Barbra Bailey, 32, probation violation: seven-day sanction
    Ernestine Gonzales, 32, seven-day commitment
    Leonard Lucero, 40, aggravated burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, theft of a credit card, bench warrant SM Magistrate /Guadalupe/Curry

  • High Achiever
  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - may 9, 2014

    Congratulations to the Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico for raising $853,001.94 from 7,799 donors through its inaugural Give Grande New Mexico campaign. Among the 409 nonprofits receiving donations during this 24-hour online fundraising event were several from San Miguel and Mora counties. Indeed, MainStreet de Las Vegas raised $10,055 through the campaign. It came in 14th on the list of top fundraisers.


  • Letters to the Editor

    Acequia system must be preserved
    In “Another Perspective: Acequias Important to Area,” (Las Vegas Optic, May 5), writer Ray Gallegos clearly articulates the necessity of preserving and maintaining the acequia system within our community. We believe that it is vitally important to support and maintain the “agricultural subsistence farming segment of our population.”

  • Nuestra Historia -

    By Jesus Lopez

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Optic on Feb. 26, 2011.

    It has been two months since our first column, and many Optic readers have contacted us with questions and comments. One continuing question is why Las Vegas and New Mexico history is alternately referred to as Spanish and Mexican.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 9, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Gazette on budding energy initiatives (May 2):

    Extreme environmental activists would inadvertently cost Colorado tens of thousands of jobs and destroy the economy. They are circulating petitions to put 12 questions on the November ballot that would each amend the Colorado Constitution in a manner to erode private property rights and the ability of businesses to survive.

  • NM oil boom causing issues

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — The oil field trucks and big rigs rumble through morning and night, creating a first-ever rush hour in this otherwise sleepy 1960s-era tourist and mining town. Hotel rooms along the clogged two-lane highway are mostly booked, some of them fetching nightly rates that rival those in Manhattan.

  • The study of anacondas

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Four New Mexico Highlands University students joined their biology professors on a two-week research expedition deep in the Venezuelan Llanos to study anacondas and other tropical wildlife.

    In April, biology professors Jesús Rivas and Sarah Corey-Rivas took Lisa McBride, Justin Saiz, Steven Salinas, and Rose Peralta on an unforgettable journey of scientific inquiry into the Llanos, a vast tropical grassland plain that floods seasonally, creating the second-largest wetland in the world.

  • Dear Teacher - May 9

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Special to the Optic

    Question: My son flunked out of college last year after his freshman year. Admittedly, this probably happened because of too much partying. He has been home working at a very low paying job. Now he is getting serious about wanting to return to college. Can he get back into his previous school? Will another college admit him?
     — Flunked Out

  • Students present at conference

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University anthropology graduate students Will Marquardt and T’Shawna Span presented their novel bioarchaeology studies at the international conference for the Society of American Archeology in Austin, Texas, late last month.

    The annual conference is the largest gathering of archaeologists in the world, with more than 3,000 in attendance this year.

    Both students are graduate assistants for anthropology professor Warren Lail and he also advises them.