Today's News

  • Vatos earn playoff nod

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Vatos rugby club has earned a spot in the Division III college playoffs after a victorious run in the recent regional college tournament in Tucson, Ariz.

    Opponents, dates and times will be determined. The national Sweet 16 is slated for Dallas later this spring.

    It’s the first nationals bid for the Vatos since 2008.

    See Wednesday’s Optic for more on the Vatos.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 22, 2013

    • Las Vegas Little League games (see schedule, Page 8)
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Taos, 10 a.m., Taos
    • La Plaza Little League game
    • Las Vegas Little League game
    • La Plaza Little League game
    Track and field
    • Meadow City Invitational (includes RHS, WLV, others), 3 p.m., Cardinal Stadium (RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 18)


  • ‘Warning shot’ turns fatal

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A 32-year-old Las Vegas woman is being held on a $1 million bond following her arraignment in San Miguel Magistrate Court Wednesday on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend.

    The shooting occurred after a week-long drinking binge.

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  • Commission rejects drilling ban

    San Miguel County commissioners have ruled out implementing an outright ban on oil and gas extraction in the county, but they directed staff and their consultant to draft an ordinance that imposes strict rules on the industry.

  • County selects probate judge

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to appoint Charlynne Otero probate judge.

    Otero, a paralegal  with the Brown & Gallegos law firm, was one of 15 candidates who applied for the job, and one of two finalists recommended by a committee formed to screen applicants and make a recommendation to the Commission.

  • HU SynergyFest set for Saturday

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    The 10th annual SynergyFest will take a new direction this year under the debut sponsorship of the New Mexico Highlands University Conservation Club.

    The event, slated for Saturday, was created by the now-defunct NMHU Sustainability Club. This change in hosts will cause a subtle shift from information on sustainable practices to educational activities and exhibits promoting conservation practices.

  • Looking Back - April 19, 2013

    In 1963

    Wednesday, April 17 — Beginning June 5, families certified as eligible by the Department of Public Welfare in Mora and Santa Fe counties can begin buying and using food coupons for food purchases to authorized Mora and Santa Fe county grocery stores. The food stamp programs will be like those established in San Miguel County.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 19, 2013

    Highlands music performance set for Sunday

    NMHU Music Department presentation of “The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross” by Josef Haydn and performed by El Coro de la Tierra Alta is scheduled for 3 p.m. this Sunday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $5. NMHU students with IDs get in free.

  • Weather - April 19, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 55. Light west wind becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29. West wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.