Today's News

  • Second Mora deputy fired

    The Mora County sheriff’s deputy who recorded the altercation between Sheriff Thomas Garza and another deputy has been fired.

    Stephen Mora confirmed to the Optic through a text message that he had been fired, but added he couldn’t say anything more about it right now. The Optic was unable to reach Garza earlier this week.

    KOAT-TV reported earlier this week that the termination leaves the sheriff’s department with one deputy and the sheriff to patrol the county.

  • Jail Log - May 25, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 16 and May 21:
    Paul Trujillo, 24, Department of Corrections hold for court
    Helen Rivera, 30, failure to appear, fraud by worthless checks, probation violation
    Jose Euligo Maestas, 33, failure to appear
    Alfred Alcon, 32, failure to appear, breaking and entering, criminal damage to property
    Lonnie Bennett, 49, all other larcenies, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana
    Ted Gordan, 45,  bench warrant: failure to pay

  • New military pass available

    Submitted to the Optic

    As part of the Joining Forces initiative to support our nation’s service members and their families, Fort Union National Monument announces an annual pass to active duty service members and their dependents, granting free access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands around the nation in the coming years.

  • Que Pasa - May 25, 2012

    • The Las Vegas Optic will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. The office will re-open for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 29.
    • In observance of Memorial Day San Miguel County offices will be closed on Monday, May 28. They will reopen on Tuesday, May 29.


  • Noticias - May 25, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association, San Miguel County, New Mexico, hereby wishes to inform all interested parties of San Miguel County of the intent to file an application with USDA, Rural Utilities Service. The purpose of the application is to request financial assistance to improve the water system of El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 25, 2012

    THUMBS UP! GREAT ECLIPSE. At first it looked as if it might be a big letdown, with a Sunday night cloud cover blocking the first eclipse since 1994. But then the clouds moved out of the way and viewers got all they hoped for — a spectacular view of the moon passing in front of the sun.
    It was a great celestial show, well worth watching.  Can’t wait for the next one — in 2023.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 25, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - The stories of the Las Vegas judgeship

    Having concluded the Centennial series — bringing it home to Las Vegas with the story of Gov. Ezequiel C de Baca — we now begin another titillating narrative. We will recount the history of the district judgeship in Las Vegas, and tell the story of the fascinating men who occupied that position through 1965.

    Our self-imposed terminal date is the year legendary District Judge Luis E. Armijo passed away, after serving almost 40 years on the Las Vegas bench.

  • Highlands’ Saenz: All-tourney honoree

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU

    Luis Saenz, whose heroic effort against national power St. Cloud State was key in the New Mexico Highlands University baseball team’s extended postseason run, was honored as part of the All-Tournament Team for the NCAA Division II Central Regional.

    Saenz was the lone Cowboy named to the All-Tournament Team, helping NMHU (41-18) reach the regional semifinal — its deepest excursion into the national tournament ever.

  • Reflecting on a championship season

    Juliana Guerin captured the Class 1A-3A girls’ state singles tennis championship earlier this month, reclaiming the title she first won as an eighth-grader in 2010.

    The Robertson sophomore shared her thoughts with the Optic in a recent interview that follows in its entirety.

    In what ways have you developed as a player over the last couple years?

    One of my biggest weaknesses has always been my mental strength.  Almost all my losses have come from me beating myself without my opponents having to do much work.