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Today's News

  • UPDATE: Interstate crash stuns community

    By Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy Lopez
    Las Vegas Optic

    A community is in mourning after Fabian Trujillo, a Las Vegas school teacher, coach and father of four, died as the result of a Tuesday crash near town according to family members and school officials.

    According to New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Craig Martin, Trujillo, 50, was southbound on Interstate 25 near Exit 345 in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon when his Chrysler car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer.

  • Event to sport ‘Army’ attire

    Usually one hears about fashion shows in New York and Paris. This Sunday, however, there’s a one-of-a-kind fashion show right here in the Meadow City.

    The vision of Judee Williams and Anne Bradford will come to life at 3 p.m. Sunday during a fashion show in support of the Las Vegas Salvation Army. The event will take place at the Plaza Hotel ballroom.

  • Despite outcry, wind ordinance moves forward

    Not even the harsh elements of winter could cool the ongoing firestorm surrounding San Miguel County’s proposed wind energy ordinance, as Tuesday’s County Commission meeting showed.

  • Alta Vista CEO ‘hit home’

    Maridel Acosta was born and raised on the tropical Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, but finds the winter wonderland in her new home of Las Vegas heavenly.

    Coincidentally, Puerto Rico is known as the “Island of Enchantment,” while her new home is in the “Land of Enchantment.”

    Acosta said she jumped at the chance to take the Alta Vista job, but found there was an added bonus in moving to Las Vegas.

  • Nuestra Historia - The 36 original grantees

    The Las Vegas Land Grant was made in 1835 to 36 grantees, who were for the most part from San Miguel del Bado.

  • Orgullo del Norte - The people’s history

    Editor’s note: This the first of a series of articles intended to lead up to the unveiling of a community mural depicting the history of Las Vegas.

    “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”  — James Baldwin

    The principal reason why we don’t repeat the terrible side of history is due to nationalism. You will find this to be true in the history books of most nations.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 11, 2011

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • New Mexico Highlands University WinterFest — A Mariachi Valentine’s concert, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at historic Ilfeld Auditorium. Performers include London-bound 2012 Summer Olympic performers: Reynaldo Maestas, New Mexico’s first all-female mariachi - Mariachi Buenaventura and New Mexico’s premier ballet folklorico - Baila Baila from Albuquerque. For tickets and more information, call 454-3238.

  • Noticias - Feb. 11, 2011

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

    • A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.

    • Brain Injury Support Group, meets at 1 p.m. first Thursday of the month at El Centro Medical Clinic, 1235 Eighth Street. For more information, call Duane at 505-699-2491 or call the Brain Injury Association of New Mexico office at 505-292-7414.

  • Colors of Love — stroll through plaza sweetness

    By Elizabeth deMare
    Submitted to the Optic

    The world exhales a stark and lonely breath this time of year. Trees as gray and naked as your great grandmother’s bones line the Las Vegas Plaza.

    February makes you consider the world through muddy-colored glasses. Everyone’s a world-class curmudgeon with spit to share. Everyone wants spring, wants tulips and dandelions to sprout from aching, frozen brain.    Any groundhog will tell you that you ain’t gonna get your wish, not for at least four weeks and most likely six.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! LOTS OF EXPLAINING TO DO. Las Vegas gets its natural gas out of Colorado, but many other northern New Mexico communities, like Taos and Española, aren’t so lucky these days. Thousands of people have been enduring cold days and nights without their primary heating fuel, and it’s put New Mexico Gas Co. on the hot seat. Momentum is growing for legislative hearings to explore how such a sudden and unexpected shortage of natural gas occurred out of western Texas.