Today's News

  • FYI - News - Jan. 1, 2012

    The San Miguel County Safe-Ride-Home Service is extending its hours. Additional days of operation will run through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve hours will be 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Services are provided from any liquor establishment to your home. Call 505-429-0336.

  • Polar plunge
  • 2011 New Year Baby
  • Noticias - Jan. 1, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

    • Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 1, 2012

    • The 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place at noon on Sunday, Jan. 1 - New Year’s Day, at Storrie Lake just north of Las Vegas. Every year, for 15 years, a dedicated group has jumped into the frigid waters of Storrie Lake, often times alongside floating chunks of ice, to bring in the new year. This year, of course, is no exception. The public is invited to attend and, if you are so inclined, make the jump yourself.


  • Hopes for the new year

    With a new year, hopes run high that things can and will get better. In that vein, we offer here some community wishes for Las Vegas in 2012.

    It would be nice to see moisture, all year long, but not so the city can become complacent in its efforts to develop a secure water supply — not just for today but 20 years down the road. Las Vegas needs other sources to offset its dependence on the Gallinas River, and it needs to stop the leaks in the dam and the pipes. In 2012, the city could take a big step forward, or backward, depending on its leadership at City Hall.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 1, 2012
  • Editor's note: Best-and-worst assessments

    So there you have it, the top stories of 2011, selected by a small but thoughtful group of readers and editors at the Optic. Of course it’s an entirely subjective listing, but it’s still a good exercise in historic benchmarking, and it’s thought-provoking to say the least.

  • 2011 a year of change in LV sports

    A quick rundown of some of 2011’s top local sports stories:
    Tragic losses

    Fabian Trujillo, an All-American runner for Highlands and a mentor to fellow runners and basketball players in the community, died in a car crash early in the year. At the time of his death, he had been Robertson’s cross country coach.

    Henry O. Sanchez, former mayor and longtime basketball coach, died of a heart attack in September.

    Former NMHU football coach Fred Bleil lost a battle with cancer in September.

  • Lady Cards 2nd in Goddard

    Jamie Allen and Jenna Rhoads were named to the all-tournament team of the Goddard Invitational after helping Robertson take second place in the event this past week.

    The Lady Cardinals rocked host Goddard 62-42 in Tuesday’s opener, getting 23 points from Allen and 14 from Kendra Montoya.

    In the semifinals, Allen tallied 27 as Robertson edged Gadsden 58-55; Shannen Lopez added eight points for RHS.