Today's News

  • Council signs off on firing, new directors

    The City Council gave its blessing Monday to City Manager Richard Trujillo’s recommendation that Community Development Director Lindsey Valdez be terminated.

    The 2-1 vote followed a 90 minute closed-door session  during which the mayor, city councilors and city manager discussed personnel matters. Trujillo has said he cannot discuss the reason for the termination with the Optic because it is a personnel matter.

  • Greeting the Harvey Girls — Vegas sees tourism uptick

    Tourism in the state was at a record-breaking high for the fourth year in a row last year, according to state officials.

    Gov. Susana Martinez, along with Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham, said 700,000 additional trips were taken to the state last year, bringing in 33.4 million visitors to the state — an all-time high. Las Vegas got a piece of the tourism pie as well.

  • 15 step up to save Watrous fire house

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Sam Pacheco wants to make sure there’s someone to help should his Fort Union home catch on fire.

    So Pacheco, a 53-year-old maintenance worker at the United World College, joined the Watrous Volunteer Fire Department as did his girlfriend, Maria Archuleta, 41.

    The couple was among 15 to sign up during a Monday meeting to decide whether or not the fire department should close because it had only three to four regular volunteers.

  • Griego to stand trial

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former New Mexico State Sen. Phil Griego has been ordered to stand trial in a corruption case linked to his private commission on the sale of a state-owned building.

  • Weather - July 13, 2016


    HIGH 96° / LOW 59°
    Sunny, with a high near 96. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Wednesday night —
    Mostly clear, with a low around 59. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
    5:56 a.m. to 8:17 p.m.


  • Looking Back - July 13, 2016

    In 1966
    Tuesday, July 5, 1966 — Members of the Jaycees welcomed drivers with refreshments during a road block at the rodeo grounds on State Road 3. Those providing coffee and doughnuts were Andrew Valdez, Tony Elias, Martin Suazo, John Perea, Glenn Hovland, Eloy Martinez and Bobby Segura.

  • Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Lunch Menu — June 13, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Meatloaf, au gratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll and mandarin oranges

    Grilled pork chop, mashed potatoes with gravy, buttered peas with pimientos, biscuit, and fruit cobbler

    Tuna salad sandwich, wild rice, buttered green beans, honeydew melon, and sugar-free lemon pudding

    Sloppy Joe on whole wheat bun, tossed salad, green beans, and ice cream

  • Noticias - July 13, 2016

    Submit your calendar items and notices to…
    • If you are a non-profit or church and need volunteers on a regular basis, contact the San Miguel County DWI Office at 425-7998.

    • The “Si Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the NA helpline: 1-866-885-6562 or Frances at 575-815-8544.

  • Que Pasa - July 13, 2016

    10 a.m.
    Carnegie Summer Reading Program will feature Johnny Moon on the lawn of Carnegie Library. Lunch to follow presentation. Program is free, and children 2 to 12 years are welcome.

    5:30 p.m.
    There is an information meeting to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department at the local CYFD office at 2518 Ridge Runner Road. Currently there are 68 children in San Miguel County in the foster care system.

  • Jupiter mission wise investment

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald and was originally published July 8.

    It took five years, but NASA’s most successful solar-powered spacecraft dropped into orbit around Jupiter this week, notably on the Fourth of July.

    The spacecraft Juno had to hit the brakes to slow its speed by more than 1,200 mph to execute the dicey maneuvering required to get into the planet’s orbit. But in it went. Now the real fun begins: Let the scientific discovery commence.