Today's News

  • NMHU to host Mike Super Magic and Illusion Show

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Mystifier Mike Super performs a Magic and Illusion Show at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 in New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Super’s appeal to audiences of all ages has made him one of the most sought after magicians in the United States and internationally.

  • Senior lunch menu - Sept. 3

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals. Menu for Sept. 4 to Sept. 8.

    Closed for the Labor Day holiday

    Breakfast: Cereal, and English muffin with cream cheese
    Lunch: Spaghetti with meat sauce, steamed California blend vegetables, garlic bread, and applesauce

    Breakfast: Pancakes, sausage, and yogurt
    Lunch: Green chile cheese burger, pork and beans, corn on the cob, and peaches

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 3, 2017


    Sept. 3
    Cleveland Millfest, is taking place Labor Day weekend. Call 575-387-6763 or 575-387-2645 for information.


    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    San Miguel County offices will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday. County offices will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

    7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Las Vegas Optic office will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The office will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

  • We’re obsessed with science — sometimes

    Science teachers and college professors everywhere might have been delighted to see how much American interest there was in the recent solar eclipse. Between class involvement, travel of great distances to get to the best viewing spots and widespread dialogue about proper eye protection, the desire to experience and learn from a natural phenomenon is encouraging.

    However, if, during upcoming budget cycles and hearings or conferences, it would be great if many not directly in the science world would stick up for its importance.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 3, 2017
  • Just a thought - Don’t kick the can down the road; pick it up

    By Rick Kraft

    If there is a better version of yourself in your mind, why not become that better version?

    Become today who you intend to be tomorrow. Why not?

    If I asked you to close your eyes and imagine the person you would like to become in a month, three months, or six months ... whom would you visualize? Do you see a thinner you? A happily married person? A person with less financial stress? You on a beach vacation?

    Who do you plan to become?

  • Another Perspective - Don’t confuse gloating with relief

    By John Geffroy

    On Aug. 16, the Las Vegas Optic published an editorial which originally appeared in the Jacksonville, N.C., Daily News entitled “Dems, don’t gloat over failure.”

  • Another Perspective - A Las Vegan’s account of the solar eclipse

    By Joe Cooney

    I traveled with fellow Las Vegans Joe Whiteman and Mary Byers all the way to a remote mountaintop near Dubois, Wyo. to watch the recent solar eclipse.

    The morning was glorious and sunny with no hint of the astronomical drama that was about to unfold. We had camped about a half-mile below the viewing spot because of the steepness of the rocky dirt road and because of a bog that had developed in one of it’s few flat sections that was a sure invitation to getting our vehicle stuck.

  • Cowboys snap skid

    Luke Jones’ 47-yard field goal Thursday night did more than just win a football game for New Mexico Highlands University.

    It also helped smash a losing streak that had reached 12 games dating back to Nov. 7, 2015, while starting the Marty Fine NMHU coaching era off on the right foot.

  • Go Fish - Sept. 3, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Mike Estrada of Belen caught and released a 4.38-pound largemouth bass Aug. 26. He was using a green jig with a green pumpkin Yamamoto baby craw trailer.

    Shuree Ponds: Ruth Laws, 8, and Will Laws, 7, of Albuquerque, caught 16-inch rainbows Aug. 26. They were using Pistol Petes.