Today's News

  • West leader reacts to PARCC scores

    Union Street Elementary is once again on the top of the list when it comes to test scores. The school, which houses students from second through fifth grade, excelled in this past year’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC standardized test.

  • Monsoons have arrived
  • Perkins field won’t be ready for opener

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Make no mistake — New Mexico Highlands University personnel, students and alumni are excited about the new athletic facilities made possible by a large donation.

    However, some complications with the Perkins Stadium turf replacement and recent rains have slowed the project to a projected stadium-readiness date of Sept. 8,, and the NMHU football team will need to play its home opener elsewhere.

  • Gallinas River project is focus of Watershed picnic

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Should San Miguel County experience another rainfall similar to September 2013, which left behind millions of dollars in damages, the flooding likely will not be as severe, thanks to improvements made to the Gallinas Watershed.

    To celebrate the completion of a five-year, $325,000 project, the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance is hosting a “Picnic on the Gallinas” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, on property adjacent to the La Placita Fire Station in Gallinas Village.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 30, 2017

    The Associated Press
    N.M. has four new oil, gas rigs
    HOUSTON  — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by eight this week to 958.

    A year ago, just 463 rigs were active.

    Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 766 rigs sought oil and 192 explored for natural gas this week.

    Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained four rigs, Oklahoma increased by three and Louisiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Wyoming each gained one.

  • Early candidate to Vegas
  • McCain casts deciding healthcare vote

    By Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain appeared poised to be the savior of the GOP health bill when he returned to the Capitol earlier this week despite brain cancer.

    He turned out to be the bill’s executioner.

    In an astonishing development early Friday, the longtime Arizona senator turned on his party and his president, joining two other GOP senators in voting “no” on Republicans’ final effort to repeal “Obamacare.”

  • Jail Log - July 30, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 20 and July 27:
    Ormando Pino, 38, failure to comply with conditions of release, Santa Fe County.
    Adam Chavez, 27, failure to appear, San Miguel County Magistrate Court.
    Theodore Lujan, 41, hold for court, Mora County.
    Justin Deherrera, failure to pay fines, San Miguel County Magistrate Court.
    Marjorie Maddux-Martinez, 52, failure to appear, Mora County.

  • Weather - July 30, 2017


    HIGH 84°/ LOW 56°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.
    Sunday night — a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
    6:09 a.m. to 8:04 p.m.


  • Students explore famous archaeological sites

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University students explored some of the most famous Native American archaeology sites in the world like Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde during a summer field experience.

    The students in anthropology professor Warren Lail’s course, World Heritage Archaeology of the American West, experienced 13 sites in 17 days, from soaring cliff dwellings to ceremonial underground kivas and petroglyphs with astronomy features.