Today's News

  • Forgotten heroes

    Old Optic newspaper clippings explain Roberto Garcia’s time in war: “Wounded in action,” “Another Las Vegan wounded in Korea,” and “Las Vegan decorated.” His actions during battle displayed his bravery, heroics, and sacrifices while serving his country. Two Purple Hearts, four Bronze Star Medals, the Occupation of Japan Medal, the Distinguished Unit emblem, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Korean Service Medal are his collection of awards and decorations for his time in the Army during the Korean War.

  • In Brief - News - July 2, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Western to be filmed in N.M.
    SANTA FE  — A series of feature-length Westerns backed by the Coen Brothers and Annapurna Pictures will begin filming in northern New Mexico in July.

    The New Mexico Film Office says work on “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” will run through September. More than 180 crew members, 16 actors and hundreds of background talent will be hired for the project.

    Exact filming locations were not immediately disclosed.

  • Trump travel ban now includes fiancés

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has apparently altered its definition of a “bona fide” relationship, adding fiancés of people in the U.S. to its list of people who are exempt from its travel ban from six mainly Muslim nations.

  • Jail Log - July 2, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 23 and June 29:

  • Monuments a point of contention in D.C.

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Desert ranchers in New Mexico are hoping the new GOP administration in Washington will dramatically shrink a recently designated national monument in the south of the state where outlaw Billy the Kid and Apache leader Geronimo once sought refuge.

    The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is among 27 monuments where a review ordered by President Donald Trump might remove protections previously considered irreversible.

  • Weather - July 2, 2017


    HIGH 86°/ LOW 55°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
    5:49 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


    HIGH 89° / LOW 54°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Monday night ­— partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
    5:50 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


  • Senior Lunch Menu — July 2, 2017

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals. Menu for July 3 to June 7.

    Closed for the Fourth of July Holiday

    Closed for the Fourth of July Holiday

    Breakfast: Raisin Bran, apple juice, and English muffin with peanut butter
    Lunch: Baked ham, stuffing, green beans, dinner roll, and diced pears

    Breakfast: Boiled eggs, orange, yogurt, and bran muffin

  • Que Pasa - July 2, 2017

    7 a.m.
    The annual Fourth of July Fiestas starts at 7 a.m. with Southwest Capital Bank’s Fiestas Run, followed by Mariachi Cardenal at 9:45 a.m. Al Guadagnoli at 10:45 a.m., Brenda Ortega at noon, Gabriela Tafoya at 1:45 p.m., Gonzalo at 2:15 p.m., Sarah Lewis at 4:15 p.m., Carlos Medina at 4:45 p.m., Los Charros at 6:45 p.m., Christina Perea at 8 p.m., and Suavecito at 9:15 p.m. Fiestas take place until July 4.

    7 a.m.

  • City schedule for this week

    Submitted to the Optic

    Below is the City of Las Vegas Solid Waste pick up schedule  for the Fourth of July holiday:

    • Monday, July 3 — Regular and commercial routes will be on regular pick-up. Transfer station will be open, but city hall will be closed. The Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be open for regular hours.

    • Tuesday, July 4 ­ — Residential route will not be picked up. Commercial routes will be picked up. Transfer station will be closed. The Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m..

  • ‘Big pharma’ must own opioid issues

    The following editorial appeared in the Denver Post on June 20.

    An important question for the nation as it struggles with its opioid epidemic is whether, or to what degree, Big Pharma is behind the disaster. Were doctors too often swayed by drugmakers in prescribing painkillers needlessly? Were the drugmakers aware of the dangers of addiction but unwilling to change practices in marketing the drugs? Could more have been done to make the drugs harder to abuse?