Today's News

  • Wind damages Rec Center

    Fierce winds ripped off a portion of the roof at the city’s Abe Montoya Recreation Center Wednesday afternoon, causing thousands of dollars in damage and prompting the center’s manager to shut down the facility until further notice.

    No injuries were reported, although debris from the roof broke the windshields of two vehicles in the parking lot, said Loretta Abreu Martin, the recreation center’s director. The recreation center reopened Thursday afternoon.
    “I’m glad (the damage) was minimal and that nobody was hurt,” she said.

  • Closing of daycare opposed

    Four-year-old Carl Gormley sported an orange “Save My School” sign while his mother, faculty member Donna Woodford-Gormley, held up a small chalkboard with the message “Don’t kick out future Cowboys.”

  • Vegas nonprofits raise $21K

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico raised $853,000 for nonprofits across the state through its 24-hour online fundraising event that took place on Tuesday.

    Among the nonprofits taking part in Give Grande New Mexico were several from San Miguel County. They raised about $21,000.

    MainStreet de Las Vegas raised $10,055. It received more money than all but 14 of the more than 400 nonprofits taking part.

  • 2 locals graduating from med school

    Las Vegas Optic

    Two West Las Vegas alumni  are graduating Saturday from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

    Jesus Tafoya, 29, and Francheska Sevyllyn Gurulé, 23, have completed medical school and been accepted into residency programs in Texas and California, respectively.

    Tafoya, the son of Albert and Helen Tafoya, is a 2003 graduate of West Las Vegas. He got his undergraduate degree from Highlands University in 2009.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 9, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State workers
    may get raise

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says most state workers will receive hourly pay raises from 13 cents to 50 cents to resolve a union contract dispute.
    Risk Management Director A. J. Forte told the Legislative Finance Committee on Wednesday that salaries would be adjusted in June to reflect what employees should have been paid nearly six years ago.

  • 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.