Today's News

  • Dam (improvements) authentic

    Submitted to the Optic

    The City of Las Vegas held a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of Bradner Reservoir on Jan. 25.

    Bradner Reservoir has rarely been used by the city for potable water. When completed, the renovation will add roughly 300 acre-feet of usable water storage to the city’s existing capacity.

  • Project aims to make earth science more approachable

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    The general public may more easily understand complex earth science processes thanks to the work of a Highlands researcher and his colleagues around the globe.

    Highlands geology professor Michael Petronis, along with 17 earth scientists from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Oceana, published an article in the December issue of the journal Global and Planetary Change, outlining a proposal to create universal visual graphics to help simplify earth science concepts.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, March 2, 2018


  • Still no suspects, arrests in Jan. 21 homicide

    As of Optic press time Friday, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named publicly in a Jan. 21 homicide that occurred at a residence in Las Vegas.

  • Gov. Martinez vetoes pay raise for successor

    By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday vetoed a proposed 10 percent pay raise for statewide elected officials — including her successor — as well as utility regulators.

    In a written veto message, the second term Republican chastised the Legislature for choosing pay raises for politicians over sound fiscal policy and legislation that supports a healthy state economy.

    The raises would have increased state spending by about $135,000 a year, beginning in 2019.

  • Shake off winter and plan to explore the state

    SANTA ROSA — Maybe it's cabin fever, the kind that hits in the dead of winter. Or perhaps it was the brisk morning walk I took alongside some summertime soon-to-be tourist attractions here in the City of Natural Lakes. Or, maybe I'm just not in the mood to tackle anything too serious today.

    Whatever the reason, my attention now turns to the upcoming spring and summer, when most of this state really shows itself off.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 2, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 2, 2018.

  • Mora man arrested for shooting at ex-girlfriend

    GUADALUPITA — A Mora man was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center earlier this week on several charges after New Mexico State Police say he fired a rifle into the back of his ex-girlfriend's vehicle as she tried to get away from him.

    Monday at about 3:50 p.m., New Mexico State Police officers responded to a location on State Road 434 in Guadalupita, located between Mora and Angel Fire, for a call about an assault with a deadly weapon.

  • Congressman stops by Optic office

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján was on his way to a Mora-area acequia event Feb. 17. His staff arranged for him to stop by the Optic and answer questions for about 30 minutes.

  • Hearing on Trujillo case set for March 23

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A hearing is set for March 23 in Fourth District Court in Las Vegas regarding a motion by the defense attorney for Charles E. Trujillo.