Today's News

  • Weather - March 14, 2014

    A slight chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then scattered rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected. A chance of rain and snow showers before midnight, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 27. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.


  • Correction - March 14, 2014

    A story in Wednesday’s Optic about the runoff election for the Ward 1 Council seat listed the incorrect date for that election. The election will be held on April 15.

  • Jail Log - March 14, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 28 and March 11.

    Mark Ludi, 43, PV: admitted to taking suboxone in prison
    Lawrence Valerio, 37, aggravated DWI, resisting evading, failure to report accident
    Ronnie Lujan, 29, bringing in contraband to a place of imprisonment, probation violation: failure to report accident
    Christopher Maes, 21, two counts battery on peace officer, resisting evading or obstructing an officer.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 14, 2014

    CORRECTION - March 17 - An Associated Press brief that ran in Friday’s Optic erroneously reported that Las Vegas native and San Miguel County treasurer Laura Montoya was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated battery. Montoya was not arrested. She was issued a criminal summons to appear in court.

  • Investments up 16.3 percent

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s permanent investment funds recorded a healthy return of nearly 16.3 percent during 2013.
    The State Investment Council says the returns are more than twice its target of 7.5 percent.
    According to the council, the returns benefited from rising stock markets and a strategy of selling high.
    The council says it’s been reducing the overall portfolio’s volatility through improved diversification and an increased focus on income-producing assets such as energy, timber and real estate.

  • LCC’s welding program taking steps forward

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College welding program has been upgrading curriculum and technology in efforts to keep up with the growing industry, said Luna Community College Vocational Director Gary Martinez, who has been overseeing the trades area for the last four years.

  • Que Pasa - March 14, 2014

    • El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumer’s Association Annual Meeting, 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at Sheridan Fire Station on the Ojitos Frios Road. Everyone is welcome. For questions or further information, email Lupita Gonzales at lupitagonzales2002@yahoo.com.
    • Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance Eighth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at Hillcrest Restaurant’s Flamingo Room. Tickets are $15 per person.


  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 14, 2014

    We’re glad to see that Alta Vista Regional Hospital moved quickly to fill its top position. The hospital announced last week that Chris Wolf is Alta Vista’ new chief executive officer. Wolf has impressive credentials. He previously served as CEO of Payson Regional Medical Center in Payson, Ariz, a position he held since 2002. We welcome Wolf to the community.


  • Nuestra Historia - New regents faced agonizing choice
  • Editorial Roundup - March 14, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle on 100-year checkup (March 9):
    Audits are a fundamental tool to hold government and quasi-government entities accountable.
    Without thorough examination by independent parties, citizens would have to rely on the agency’s word that its operations and accounting are above-board.
    When it comes to the activities of the Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank, verbal assurances just aren’t good enough.