Today's News

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

    Saturday, Aug. 12

    8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The third annual Junktique/Antique flea market will be held at Lincoln Park. For more information, contact Martha at 426-4547 or email at lacatrina1954@hotmail.com.

    9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The third annual Local Emergency Planning Committee Expo will take place in the Las Vegas Walmart parking lot on Seventh Street. Demonstrations of all types and children’s activities are planned. Come meet your local first responders. Call 505-425-6190 for information.

  • Suspects sought in two armed robberies

    By Jason W. Brooks, Daily Optic Editor

    At least three suspects are being sought after a pair of Seventh Street businesses were robbed at gunpoint, police say.

    The Las Vegas Police Department issued a news release describing a July 30 armed robbery at Hibbett Sports and a similar incident Aug. 2 at Bealls department store, located in the same shopping center on Seventh Street at Legion Drive.

    As of Tuesday at press time, no suspects are in custody in either incident. Las Vegas Police say it believes the two robberies are connected.

  • Standing in

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Making full-length feature films involves many hours waiting in searing summer conditions and dangerous winter temperatures.

    For Mark Esquibel, a Highlands and Luna college student and Las Vegas native who has had a chance to work on films as a stunt double, meeting actors and others who treat him with respect is just one of the many payoffs of working in film.

  • Co-founder of now-international religious society passes away

    A man who was the first member of a Catholic facility in the Mora area has passed away.

    Father John S. McHugh died Monday, in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the generalate where he lived for the last five of his 93 years. He is best-known in New Mexico for being the first member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, or SOLT, founded by Father James Flanagan in the summer of 1958. 

  • N.M. cow shootings spark rancher fears

    From The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — The fatal shootings of several cows in southeastern New Mexico have sparked fears of a serial cattle killer running loose. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports Eddy County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that another six cattle on two separate properties were shot and killed.

    Detectives say a high-caliber rifle was used in the shooting from within a half-mile radius. Deputies have ruled out an accidental shooting and don’t believe the cows are being killed for meat since they were left in fields.

  • Bridge aficionados

    By Gwen Albers, Special to the Optic

    Lois Patterson moved to Las Vegas from San Diego a year ago not knowing a soul. So, the 89-year-old set out to find bridge players.

    “Now I’m playing once or twice a week,” said Patterson, a retired legal secretary.

    A classified ad in The Optic helped her find a contingent of 20 to 30 mainly Las Vegas retirees who regularly play the trick-taking card game. Some do so three to four times a week.

  • New Mexico In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Pojoaque enters new compact

    SANTA FE — Pueblo of Pojoaque leaders have agreed to sign a new gambling compact with New Mexico after years of fighting back against the state’s attempts to increase its share of revenue from the tribe’s casinos.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 6, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 28 and August 4:

    Daniel Hernandez, 36, aggravated battery on a household member, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Martin Cordova, 55, possession of drug paraphernalia, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Edward Trujillo, 21, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Linda Darras-Jones, 61, DWI (first offense), Obedience to traffic, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — Aug. 7-11, 2017

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers includes 2 percent milk served with all meals. 


    Breakfast: Egg and cheese burrito with diced onion and green chile Lunch: Lasagna, garden salad, mixed vegetables, French bread, and yogurt


    Breakfast: Cereal, and bagel with cream cheese Lunch: Red chile smothered beef and bean burrito, spinach, and gelatin with fruit


  • Qué Pasa: Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017

    Upcoming & Ongoing

    Aug. 10 through Aug. 12

    Looking for vendors for the San Miguel/Mora County Fair scheduled for Aug. 10 through Aug. 12. Contact Brenda Ramirez at 505-617-1352 for more information.

    Aug. 12