Today's News

  • Weather - March 28, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 10-15 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. Breezy.

    Sunny, with a high near 65.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 28, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Police plan DWI checkpoints
    New Mexico State Police will be conducting DWI checkpoints in San Miguel and Mora counties during the next two weeks.
    According to Sgt. Leonard Arias of the New Mexico State Police, Dist. 2, several DWI saturation patrols will be conducted.

    New position for ex-chief

  • Scholar, Highlands students to strike a pose on the Plaza today

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts students are working closely with visiting professor and artist Yolanda Domínguez of Spain to develop performance art pieces they will perform around Las Vegas today (Friday) and April 4.

    Domínguez is a well-known  visual and performance artist and social activist who is teaching at Highlands for two weeks, thanks to the university’s Ballen Visiting Scholar Program.

  • Luna students among scholarship recipients

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fourteen Northern New Mexicans have received $1,000 Returning Student/Regional College scholarships from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund.

    These awards help students returning to a formal education for certification or a two-year degree at an accredited regional college. Many of the students receiving these awards are pursuing new careers.

  • Students of the month - March 28, 2014
  • Viles Foundation accepting scholarship applications

    Submitted to the Optic
    The Viles Foundation, Inc., will be accepting Viles Scholarship applications through April 4, 2014.  The five year renewable scholarship is made available to qualifying half orphan or full orphan 2014 graduating seniors from the following high schools in San Miguel and Mora Counties:  Las Vegas Robertson, West Las Vegas, Mora, Pecos and Wagon Mound.

  • Que Pasa - March 28, 2014

    • The 20th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad will take place on Friday, March 28 in Ilfeld Auditorium with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. Advance tickets may be purchased at the KEDP radio station across the street from Ilfeld or at the door the night of the performance. The FDLH thanks NMHU President Jim Fries, Las Vegas Community 1st Bank and the NMHU Foundation for their sponsorship. For more information, call 454-0438.


  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 28, 2014

    Roughly a dozen laptop computers and several digital cameras were stolen from Rio Gallinas School over the weekend. The burglar or burglars appear to have pried the front door open. The burglary has created a serious setback for the school and its students. Let’s hope the individual or individuals who did this are caught and brought to justice.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 28, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - We settled San Miguel del Bado

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Optic on Jan. 14, 2011.

    In their petition seeking to secure the San Miguel del Bado Land Grant in 1794, the 52 colonists stated as their primary reason that there was not sufficient water in Santa Fe to sustain the growing population and livestock there. (It appears that drought and an adequate water supply were problems even then.) The petitioners also stated that many of them owned small parcels of land in Santa Fe, but they were not sufficient to support their large families.