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Today's News

  • Longtime nurse practitioner killed in accident

    A Thursday morning accident resulted in the death of a beloved, appreciated wife, mother and season medical professional.

    At about 8 a.m. Thursday, Lacy L. Houdek was jogging along New Mexico Highway 104, about four miles east of Las Vegas, when she was struck and killed by a pickup truck, according to a State Police news release.

  • Youth group to stage march on Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The SPOT Youth Team and local students have organized a “March for Our Lives — to demand an end to the epidemic of mass shootings in our schools today,” according to a news release.

    All students in the San Miguel and Mora county areas are invited to participate.

    The march will begin at Sixth Street and Friedman Avenue at noon and will work its way westward. For information, contact the Las Vegas Peace & Justice Center at 505-425-3840 or lvpeacecenter@startmail.com.

  • Entire council to hear about special audit

    After some initial confusion on which and how many Las Vegas City Councilors would get to sit on an exit conference regarding a special audit of city procedures, it appears the entire council will get to meet with representatives of the Office of the State Auditor after all.

    The Council and Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron, along with Acting City Attorney Danelle Smith, will meet with State Auditor office staff in a closed executive session at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 to discuss the results of an independent third-party audit requested by the Council.

  • Police: DWI suspect had two children in vehicle

    A Serafina woman was arrested for child abuse, driving while intoxicated and other charges after a recent traffic stop on March 16 revealed she had two children in her vehicle.

    According to reports, on March 15, at about 10 p.m. a New Mexico State Police officer was dispatched to a gas station because of a female who appeared to be drunk.

  • Some Allsups employees get $1K

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Allsup’s, one of New Mexico’s largest privately owned companies, announced today that all full-time, non-executive employees that have been employed at least one year with the company prior to 2018 will receive a $1,000 one-time bonus as a result of the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017.

    The new tax reform legislation provides tax cuts for individuals and companies and should result in positive economic growth.

  • MVCHS announces retirement of longtime contributor

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Mora Valley Community Health Services, Inc. would like to announce the retirement of Lorraine French after 30 years of service to MVCHS and the Mora Community.

    Lorraine started working for MVCHS on Feb. 22, 1988, as a Home Health Aide, in the newly established Caridad de San Antonio Agency.

    French was the seventh employee hired by MVCHS and during her 30 years she worked under six different directors.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, March 23, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: WE’LL MISS YOU, JOE SINGLETON!
    The sports world will miss Joe Singleton, a former Highlands University athletic director who brought a great deal of expertise to the sports programs.

    Shortly before his move to take a similar job at University of California-Davis, Joe was handed the microphone at halftime of a Cowboy homecoming football game.

  • Opioid lawsuits abound, hit close to home

    The opioid epidemic is being litigated big-time.

    Here in Santa Rosa, in Guadalupe County, both county and city officials have been approached by attorneys about suing the pharmaceutical industry for saturating the nation with their painkillers and downplaying their addictive qualities.

    The New Mexico Attorney General’s office is building a case to represent not only the state but all localities around the state. But these days they are having to sell their representation to local officials.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 23, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 23, 2018.

  • Prowling for championships

    The Pecos High School cheer squad has been a steady source of enthusiasm.

    This weekend, the spotlight is on them.

    Pecos will look to defend its state 3A cheer title this Friday and Saturday at Dreamstyle Arena, aka The Pit.

    West Las Vegas, which won the 4A co-ed cheer category, will also seek a repeat, while Robertson, one of the programs on the rise in both cheer and dance, looks to make some noise as well.

    Check lasvegasoptic.com for updates Friday and Saturday.