Today's News

  • Weather - April 27, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38. North wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.


  • Jail Log - April 27, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 17 and April 22:

  • Noticias - April 27, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.

  • Que Pasa - April 27, 2012

    • Applications for the El Valle de San Miguel County Flying Diamond Scholarship are available at the San Miguel County Human Resource Office. Applications and guidelines may be picked up at the office at 500 West National, Suite, 202. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27. For information, call 425-1557.

  • A gala fit for a PRESIDENT

    Saturday evening was all about glitz, glamour, roasting and more for the 2012 President’s Gala-Dollars for Scholars.

    The Wilson Complex was transformed from a basketball court to an elegant ballroom complete with giant screens and massive banners, courtesy of the New Mexico Highlands University’s Media Arts Department. Attendees arrived to a red carpet and were serenaded by the university’s Mariachi Vaqueros de la Sierra as they made their way into the facility.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - April 27, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! DRY AND DRIER. Once again, we’re off to a parched start. According to an Associated Press report this week, by mid-April all of New Mexico was categorized as abnormally to exceptionally dry, which means that farmers and ranchers are already scrambling to find ways to irrigate their land.

  • Editorial Cartoons - April 27, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Gov. Ezequiel C de Baca of Las Vegas

    Our Centennial series would be incomplete if we did not recount the life of Ezequiel C de Baca, New Mexico’s second governor and first lieutenant governor — and one of the great sons of Las Vegas.

    In 1916, from his modest home in Old Town, C de Baca waged his successful campaign to become New Mexico’s second governor. Tragically, he would die on the 49th day of his governorship — administering the affairs of state from his hospital bed in Santa Fe.

  • Regular seasons near conclusion

    With the regular season about to wrap up, several area baseball and softball teams are on track for state tournament selections — at least according to the polls of NMOTSC.com.

    Robertson is ranked seventh in the website’s April 23 poll, which is voted on by coaches around the state.

    The Cardinals (15-8, 4-3) most recently beat Taos 8-1 on the road this past Tuesday. They close the regular season with a doubleheader vs. Raton this Saturday at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field.

  • Fan appreciation day Saturday for Highlands baseball team

    Free hot dogs.

    Souvenir baseballs.

    And plenty of action on the diamond.

    It’s all in store for local baseball buffs Saturday as New Mexico Highlands University and corporate sponsor Southwest Capital Bank hold NMHU Baseball Fan Appreciation Day at Brandt Park.

    The promotion will be held as part of the Cowboys’ weekend series with Nebraska-Kearney. It’s a critical series to the team’s hopes of getting a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the upcoming Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.