Today's News

  • Prescription pills land man in jail

    A Mora County Sheriff’s deputy conducting a traffic stop Thursday night arrested the driver after finding prescription pills on him used to make heroin, court documents state.

    Eduardo Gallegos, 24, of Mora, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony, and with two misdemeanors, driving while intoxicated and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

    Magistrate John Sanchez set his bond at $20,000 cash only.

  • Mora High nominated for award

    The New Mexico Public Education Department has nominated Mora High School and two elementaries for consideration as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

    The national Blue Ribbon Schools Program is aimed at bringing positive attention to schools where students achieve at very high levels or schools that are narrowing the achievement gap.

    “Each nominee demonstrates a strong commitment to student achievement while helping children overcome significant challenges,” PED states in news release.

  • Looking Back - News - Jan. 25, 2012

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  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 25, 2012

    Literacy fair is Saturday

    The Fourth Annual Literacy Fair will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. This year’s theme is “Reach for the Stars: Read, Read, Read.” The event is free, and all ages are welcome.

  • Weather - Jan. 25, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. North wind 5-10 mph becoming southwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

  • Recordings back pay-to-play allegations

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    Transcripts of secretly recorded meetings about state investments during Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration show the governor was calling the shots on decisions that steered millions of dollars to a political supporter’s son, an attorney for a whistleblower alleged Monday.

  • Las Vegas Night at Legislature Thursday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Night at the Legislature is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa in downtown Santa Fe.

    The event is hosted by the City of Las Vegas, San Miguel County Commission, LVSM Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation and New Mexico Highlands University.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 25, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Hat” by Jan Brett. The theme for the month is “It’s Snow Time!” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Noticias - Jan. 25, 2012

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

    • Free 2012 Tax Returns – federal and state - will be prepared for low and middle-income taxpayers by Certified AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers. No complicated filings. Do not have to be retired or an AARP member to receive services. Seven days and evenings are scheduled at NM Highlands University, 903 Baca Street (at 9th Street) between Feb. 14 and April 14. Call for an appointment at 505-425-6261 or 479-466-5161.  

  • City made a bad call

    It’s laudable that the city is willing to give a second chance to people who have gotten into trouble with the law. We all make mistakes, and we all deserve a chance at redemption.

    State law doesn’t allow the city to implement an all-out ban on the hiring of felons, and that’s a good thing. As City Manager Timothy Dodge points out, if you take away a person’s ability to make a living, what’s left but for that person to revert to crime?