Today's News

  • Scuffle between sheriff, deputy sparks investigation

    State police are investigating an incident that unfolded in Mora County on Saturday evening in which a dispute between the sheriff and one of his deputies over the handling of a drunk driving case allegedly resulted in a physical altercation.

    “There was an altercation between a deputy and myself,” Sheriff Thomas Garza told the Optic Thursday. “I don’t know what he was thinking or what... He was pretty much  insubordinate with me, so I terminated him.”

  • Weather - April 13, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Windy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.


  • Bear sightings begin early

    A bear was found up a tree in the 1200 block of Seventh Street on Thursday morning, according to a report on KFUN radio.

    Martha Johnsen, morning host at the station, told listeners that Game & Fish officials were expected to arrive at the scene, capture the animal and take it back into the wild.

    This may be the first bear sighting of the year inside Las Vegas.

  • Campos to remain on primary ballot

    Area voters will get to decide which of two current lawmakers they want representing them in the Senate after the state Supreme Court rejected requests to boot incumbent Pete Campos and other candidates from the ballot for failing to include district numbers on their nominating petitions.

    “I’m grateful to the New Mexico Supreme Court for allowing the voters the opportunity to choose their state senator,” Campos, a Las Vegas Democrat, said Wednesday.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - April 13, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! GARCIA’S TROUBLES. It was a bad week for Thomas Garcia, who is juggling three high-profile roles these days — as Mora Independent School District superintendent, a candidate for the District 8 state Senate position and as a District 68 state representative out of Ocaté.

  • Editorial Cartoons - April 13, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Democrats swept on eve of statehood

    Public corruption is nothing new to New Mexico, and on the eve of statehood, the seemingly invincible Republican Party suffered a humiliating defeat amid a cloud of misconduct surrounding its candidate for governor.

  • Creating Cascarones
  • Dinner fundraiser set for ambulance service

    The public is invited to join the Mora Valley Community Health Services, a nonprofit organization, and the Mora Mountain Mamas, a local women’s organization, at the Senior Citizens Center in Mora for a fundraising dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

    The fundraising dinner is being held to benefit the ambulance service and the Senior Citizens Program in Mora. The Mora Clinic does receive some assistance for these two programs, unfortunately the funds do not cover the entire operation of either service.

  • Que Pasa - April 13, 2012

    • AAA New Mexico is holding a free Car Care Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  on Friday, April 13 at All-Terrain Transmissions and Automotive, a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility, located at 1829 Seventh Street. Automotive technicians will be conducting free 38-Point Maintenance Inspections for both AAA Members and non-members.

    • Las Vegas' third annual seed exchange, "Compartiendo Semillas,"