Today's News

  • BREAKING: Candidates file for city election

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is seeking re-election as mayor afterall. Ortiz filed his declaration of candidacy late Tuesday afternoon. He had previously told the Optic he wasn't planning to seek a second term.

  • Grades in for area schools

    The state Public Education Department has released its first letter grades for schools throughout New Mexico, and those grades don’t paint a very flattering picture of most of the schools in Las Vegas.

    No schools in Las Vegas got an A. Only three got B’s. Eight got C’s, four got Ds and three got F’s.

    The only area school to receive an A was Mora High.

    This is the first time the state issues letter grades to schools.

  • Making Music

    The Mora Schools music program started the new year with a $2,500 donation

    The area school district received the check from the Kanter-Kallman Foundation, Inc. in New York. The district plans to use the money to fix broken musical instruments used for the mariachi program.

    Mora Superintendent Thomas Garcia said someone at the foundation has roots to the Mora area, though he declined to disclose the name of the individual.

  • Truce called in chamber dispute

    City Manager Timothy Dodge has negotiated a truce of sorts between the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and members of a local group whose efforts to secure a $40,000 state grant to market the community were thwarted by the chamber.

  • Two arrested on DWI charges

    State police arrested two men in recent weeks and charged them with being repeat drunk driving offenders.

    The most recent case involves Jerry B. Rudolph, 43, whose address is listed as Rudolph Drive.

    Rudolph was arrested last Wednesday on on single count of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, fifth offense.

  • Looking Back - News - Jan. 11, 2012

    In 1935

    Monday, Jan. 7 — If anybody wants to buy a town, San Jose in San Miguel County is likely to be put up for sale, State Land Commissioner Frank Vesely said today. Vesely was informed today by Mrs. Antoinette Funk, assistant commissioner of the general land office in Washington, that the entire town of several hundred population, with the exception of the cemetery, is on state land and all state land is subject to sale. San Jose is on the main highway between Santa Fe and Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 11, 2012

    VFW meeting is Thursday

    VFW Post 1547 will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Post home on Mills Avenue. All members are welcome.

  • Weather - Jan. 11, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. North wind around 10 mph. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night, with a low around 19. South wind 5-10 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 33. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Mostly sunny and clear, with a high near 44 and a low around 25.


  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 11, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Snowstorm hits Hobbs area

    HOBBS — The latest winter storm to pass through New Mexico has left behind plenty of snow in southeastern New Mexico.

    Weather spotters reported about 12 inches of snow on the ground in Hobbs by Monday evening. That’s the most snow the community has seen since Nov. 25, 1980, when 10 inches fell.

    Roads throughout the area were snow-packed and icy, and state transportation workers were warning travelers of white-out conditions.

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