Today's News

  • For the future - Alumni couple makes $350,000 donation to NMHU Media Arts

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    When Joe and Martha McCaffrey attended New Mexico Highlands University as students, there was no media arts center at the school.

    “Nobody even knew what media arts was, back then,” Joe McCaffrey said. “My degree is in physics.”

  • Mora district employees reinstated

    Mora Schools has rehired three former employees for the remainder of this school year. In a statement sent to the Optic Wednesday afternoon, school officials announced that Edwina Romero, Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas have been reinstated at the district.

    The three educators, through the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico filed a grievance against the district, claiming they were wrongfully terminated last summer.

  • Balderas going after Dollar General

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The discount chain Dollar General is being accused by the attorney general of New Mexico of false advertising and unfair trade practices for selling what he describes as obsolete motor oil.

    A lawsuit filed Monday in state district court in Santa Fe follows numerous other legal complaints levied against the company in recent years over the sale of the motor oil to customers in Texas, Wisconsin and elsewhere.

  • In Brief - News - June 9, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Pay-to-play scam: settlement reached  
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says a district court judge has approved settlements that allow the state to recover $24.5 million in connection with politically influenced investment deals.

    The Attorney General’s Office confirmed Thursday approval of the settlement with Vanderbilt Capital Advisers and Austin Capital Management. Judge Louis McDonald dismissed rival claims on behalf of the state by former state pension fund officer Frank Foy.

  • Wrapping up Longmire
  • New alums
  • Weather - June 9, 2017


    HIGH 91° / LOW 54°
    Sunny, with a high near 91. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Friday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:16 p.m.


  • Noticias - June 9, 2017

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    • First Born program provides services to families in San Miguel and Mora counties. It is a free and confidential home visiting program. To learn more about the program, or to schedule an informational visit, call 454-1343.

    • Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is taking applications for volunteers. Call 454-0223 or visit the office.

  • Que Pasa - June 9, 2017


    All day
    Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Firecracker Pageant on Saturday, June 24. The competition is open to boys six months to five years and girls six months to 12 years. The contestants will compete in personality in patriotic wear, beauty in formal wear, and photogenic traits. Entry forms may be picked up at the Carnegie Library or the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Entry deadline is Friday, June 9. For more information contact Philip Ortiz at 718-6848.


  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - June 9, 2017

    Even though the Highlands University Vatos failed to earn the big prize in the rugby national championships last week, they can still hold their heads high in light of their fifth-place finish in Chester, Pa. Let’s not forget that the team, organized by former engineering professor Dick Greene, took two previous national championships only recently. The Vatos have performed extremely well against more established and more experienced Rugby teams. We look forward to much more exciting play in the future.