Today's News

  • As It Is: Media herd is on its way

    One of my old bosses liked to say that running a newsroom is like herding cats. In many ways, that’s true.

    We’re questioners by nature, not blind followers of authority.

    But the media often act like a herd when it’s covering a big story.

    The TV stations and daily newspapers in the Albuquerque-Santa Fe corridor closely follow one another, often covering the same stories.

    You don’t see them often around here, except when big stories break such as the infamous sexual assaults at a Robertson High School football camp.

  • Apartment complex opens

    A housing complex on Ridge Runner Road has been completed.

    The Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico and the Vista Gallinas Community Partnership recently celebrated the official grand opening of the Vista Gallinas Apartments, a 15-unit permanent supportive housing project. The project provides affordable housing to citizens of Las Vegas who have struggled with homelessness and disabilities.  

  • North wins

    West Las Vegas’ Dean Gallegos led the North to a 2-1 series win in the Class 3A North-South All-Star baseball games this past weekend in Socorro.

    The North, which also featured WLV’s Jared Gallegos and Mike Armijo and Robertson’s Adrian Jaramillo, had lost Friday’s opener before sweeping a doubleheader Saturday, 12-11 and 16-11.

  • Editorial: Full time, no conflicts

    Congratulations to state Rep. Thomas Garcia for being hired as superintendent of the Mora school district. The district needs a strong leader who will get its finances back in order and push all schools to meet the federal standard of adequate yearly progress. (Mora High School, to its credit, already makes the grade.)

    Unfortunately, the superintendent’s position has been a revolving door in recent years. We hope Garcia succeeds and stays.

    As a state representative, however, he should now resign.

  • Adult softball

    The following are recent scores and upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league.

    Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex off Grant Street.

    Men’s division


    WEDNESday, June 9

    Hackers 19, Blaze 5; Tecolote 8, Vegas Boyz 7; Chuggers 23, Buzzards 13

    Upcoming games:

    MONday, June 14

    The Best vs. Louisville Chuggers, 6:15 p.m.; Hackers vs. Vegas Boyz, 7:30 p.m.; Dream Team vs. Tecolote, 8:45 p.m.

    WEDNESday, June 16

  • Co-op plans for more reliable power

    A rural electric project that is expected to reduce the number of power outages is slated to start next month.

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative recently received approval to move forward with the project from the state Transportation Department.

    As it stands, power outages frequently leave more than 5,000 area residents in the dark. The cooperative serves customers in rural San Miguel, Mora, Santa Fe and Guadalupe counties.

  • Winner's residency at issue

    San Miguel County Commissioner-elect Arthur Padilla signed an affidavit three months ago listing his residence at 711 Legion Drive. It was made under oath.

    But new information indicates that he has been living in Rociada, about 30 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

    When an Optic reporter knocked on the door at 711 Legion last Monday, Padilla’s son came out. Asked if Padilla lives at the house, he said his father lives in Rociada.

  • Letter: Only as quick as our slowest unit

    Our city is governed to the assets and speed of the “Victorian Triangle.” That is, those citizens living within the boundaries of Grand Avenue on the east, Rio Gallinas on the west, the confluence of Grand Avenue and Rio Gallinas on the south, and open-ended on the north, dictate taxing, personal resources, influence, and political clout.

    Our City Council is constituted as one in which the representatives are selected at the different sectors of the city, and the influence of that sector follows the council person.

  • Man's check largest single donation

    Longtime teacher Lottie Wood Washburn’s educational legacy continues through a $1 million endowment her son, Beverly W. Washburn, established with the New Mexico Highlands University Foundation.

    The endowment is the largest single donation ever made to the university, officials said.

  • Back in the Saddle

    For the second year in a row, Trementina native (and Robertson High graduate) Jesse Estrada will be part of a four-person contingent representing New Mexico Highlands University in the College National Finals Rodeo.

    The CNFR, presented by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, kicks off Sunday and runs all week in Casper, Wyo.