Today's News

  • Homicide conviction overturned

    The state Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of the man accused of causing the death of a baby while driving recklessly on Interstate 25 in San Miguel County in June of 2012.

    Ramon Hernandez — a Guatamala native who had been residing in Santa Fe — has consistently maintained that he wasn’t driving when the collision occurred. He was sentenced to nine years in prison after a San Miguel County jury convicted him in December 2013 of homicide by vehicle, great bodily harm by vehicle and reckless driving.

  • 2016 Year In Review —

    There’s no question that 2016 was Tonita Gurule-Giron’s year. She started the year off as a city councilor and as one of six candidates for mayor and ended it as the city’s first female mayor, having survived a recall effort.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - ‘Hold on a second’

    By Beth Urech

    Ever heard that? Ever said that? This year we can “Hold on a second” longer! At exactly 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds UTC (coordinated universal time), a leap second will be inserted into atomic clocks around the globe. We’ll get that extra second at 4:59:59. Maybe you’re already pulling on your fish-net stockings or feeding your cat or polishing your shoes (Who polishes shoes anymore? But I digress.)  Hopefully you’ll join us party-goers Saturday, Dec. 31, 2017 and celebrate locally!

  • Importance of the Press

    Editor’s note: The following is an editorial from the SunSentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was originally published on Dec. 27.  on the importance of the press:

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 1, 2017
  • Just a Thought: Planning for a successful 2017

    By Rick Kraft

    It has been said that people don’t plan to fail, but they do fail to plan. As the great philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Or the father driving his family who said, “We are lost, but we are making good time!”

  • Students of the month - Jan. 1, 2017
  • Weather - Jan. 1, 2017


    HIGH 46° / LOW 27°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
    7:10 a.m. to 4:58 p.m.


    HIGH 46° / LOW 28°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
    7:10 a.m. to 4:59 p.m.


  • Senior Lunch Menu — Jan. 1, 2017

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.
    Menu for the week of Jan. 2 to Jan. 6.

    Closed in observance of New Year’s Day
    Breakfast: Potato, egg and cheese burrito, juice, and salsa
    Lunch: Sloppy Joe on bun, corn on the cob, green beans, and yogurt
    Breakfast: Two boiled eggs, muffin, orange, and yogurt
    Lunch: Pork roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, and
    pineapple upside-down cake

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 1, 2017


    The annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place at Storrie Lake State Park.


    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2.


    7 p.m.