Today's News

  • States move to quash limits on drilling

    By Emily Schmall and Will Weissert
    The Associated Press

    MANSFIELD, Texas  — Lawmakers in Texas and energy producing states across the nation are rushing to stop local communities from imposing limits on oil and gas drilling despite growing public concern about the health and environmental toll of such activities in urban areas.

  • BTU’s Phil Romero acquires STIHL certification

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Jail Log - May 8, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 29 and May 6:

    Eduardo Gallegos, 27, 182-day commitment
    Michael Lovato, 44, positive UA (morphine)
    Gary Esquibel, 32, revoked conditions of release.
    William Drinkwater, 22, aggravated battery, aggravated DWI, criminal damage to property, battery on a health care worker
    Arthur Lucero, 51, disorderly conduct

  • Looking Back - May 8, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, May 10 — Forty-two trailer units of the Travel variety were parked at Camp Luna over the weekend. Since this assembly represented the New Mexico division of the Travel Trailer Club of America, all trailer occupants were from New Mexico, with the exception of three units from Lubbock, Texas. Representing the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce were “Salty” Sparks, Ed Brown, Harry Vorenberg, Mrs. Henry Mallette and Frank Norris.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 8, 2015

    Migratory Bird Day Count

    International Migratory Bird Day Count will take place on Saturday, May 9. Volunteers are needed for the count. For more information or to sign up, contact Chris Ruge at 425-2757 or chrisruge1971@gmail.com.

  • Weather - May 8, 2015

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 15-25 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 8, 2015


  • Editorial cartoons - May 8, 2015
  • Just a Thought - Advancing together through unity

    By Rick Kraft

    The power of five individual fingers working independently is no match for a fist of five fingers working together in harmony. Unity of effort provides results.  Unity increases results exponentially. In other words, one plus one plus one does not equal three, it equals nine or twelve or fifteen. Unity multiplies a team’s efforts.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 8, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Los Angeles Times on the USA Freedom Act (May 6):
    Last fall, Congress was on the verge of doing away with the most troubling invasion of privacy revealed by Edward Snowden: the National Security Agency’s indiscriminate collection of the telephone records of millions of Americans. But then opponents cited the emergence of Islamic State as a reason for preserving the status quo. The Senate failed to muster the 60 votes needed to proceed with the so-called USA Freedom Act.