Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 14, 2016


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    6 p.m.
    San Miguel Search and Rescue will meet at the New Mexico State Police Headquarters on the hill across from KFUN radio in Las Vegas. For more information, contact Sally Flores at 429-2807.


    7 p.m.

  • A double standard

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Rutland Herald of Vermont and was originally published on Sept. 8.

    Hillary Clinton is contending with a double standard that is about more than gender. Because she has a record of accomplishment — as first lady, senator and secretary of state — the public expects a high standard of success from her. Every deviation from excellence is subject to scrutiny. Every failing is magnified.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 14, 2016
  • Work of Art: It’s right downtown

    Do you ever run into people whom you like instantly? It happens often in our case.

    We met Tony and Elizabeth Riome last Tuesday morning. They are from Scotland, both former air traffic controllers in Norway. It was our daughter-in-law, Connie Trujillo, who took the first step at New Mexico Hospitality 101. As she left the El Fidel Monday, Connie noticed an elderly couple toting suitcases. They were asking the waiter if, where and whether they could hire a taxi.

    A taxi in Las Vegas? Connie instead offered the couple a ride to their hotel.

  • The rundown

    Brandon Lucero’s interception in the closing minutes allowed Robertson to breathe a sign of relief, sealing the Cardinals’ 21-18 squeaker at Santa Rosa Friday night.

    RHS (3-0 and ranked No. 1 in 4A football) rolled up a season-high 339 rushing yards, including a whopping 263 and two scores by Joseph Paul Griego.

    But the host Lions (0-3) had their own ground attack working and led on three separate occasions.

    Santa Rosa’s Erik Lopez burned the Cards for an 81-yard TD catch on the first play from scrimmage.

  • Kurui 2nd in Lubbock meet

    NMHU and Las Vegas Optic reports

    New Mexico Highlands University cross country squads competed in a rare mid-week competition Thursday at the Texas Tech Open. Running against a strong field of DI, DII, NAIA and JUCO schools, the Highlands men placed fourth out 14 scoring teams and were the top DII finisher. The Cowgirls placed seventh in their race against 12 schools.

    Collins Kurui had the day’s top performance with a runner-up finish in the men’s race. Kurui was just two seconds behind Bernard Keter of DI Texas Tech

  • AG wants answers on OB status

    Six months ago, pregnant women were greeted with a closed sign at the obstetrics unit at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Since then, many, including New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, have questioned if and when the unit would reopen.

    The sudden closure left dozens of pregnant women without a local hospital to deliver their newborns. To date, there’s been no indication that the hospital will be reopening its OB unit anytime soon.

  • Gun threat prompts lockdown

    Fears that a former city of Las Vegas employee had a gun and was a threat to city officials prompted authorities to lock down City Hall for about an hour Thursday morning.

    The lockdown was lifted after police took the suspect into custody, according to a news release issued by the city.

    Details on the incident are sketchy. Las Vegas police chief Juan Montaño referred all questions on the incident to Lee Einer, the city’s new public information officer.

  • Women Power - La Placita female firefighters outnumber men

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    The women in the La Placita Volunteer Fire Department outnumber the men and blow away the national statistics when it comes the number of female firefighters.

    Located in San Miguel County’s remote Gallinas Canyon, the department has six female firefighters and five male firefighters. In addition, there are three women who volunteer as support staff providing food, water and assistance during emergencies.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 11, 2016

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press