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Today's News

  • Letters to the editor, Sept. 24, 2017

    Accidental success

    I need to say something about Brock Long, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Donald Trump, who has been deliberately appointing cabinet secretaries and top officials who are grossly unqualified for their positions and/or philosophically opposed to the missions of the departments over which they hold sway, accidentally appointed someone extremely qualified and dedicated to his mission.

  • Students of the Month: West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School

    Here are the August 2017 students of the month from West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School: kindergartner Rebeka Baza, first-grader Justin Sandoval, seventh-grader Bowen Hebel, second-grader Luvena Padilla, fourth-grader Angel Gutierre, third-grader Xavier Linker, fifth-grader Vespera Benavidez, sixth-grader Faith Lyon, seventh-graders Serenity Racicot and Alyssa Lucero and eighth-graders Mailynn Griego and Isis Lucero.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Outdoor northern N.M. weddings special

    I have been a guest at many weddings during my long time living here in Mora County. Our beautiful Catholic churches become a gentle, yet spiritual gathering place for such a very special event.

    The stained glass windows in many of them make a visit very special in many ways. I was invited to yet another very special wedding recently and this time the church, the site of this wedding was in a mountain meadow.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

    9.24.2017 SUNDAY

    Noon: Fourth Annual “A Salute To The Troops” concert and dance will be held at Plaza Park starting at 12 noon. This is an all ages show featuring bands such as Darren Cordova y Calor, Gonzalo and Cuarenta y Cinco. Free Admission. Call 505-718-1028 for information.

    Upcoming, Ongoing

    Sept. 28

  • Highlands opens new Indigenous Center

    Submitted to the Optic

    A new program at New Mexico Highlands will use a community-based approach to help Native American students complete their college degrees.

    The Community Center for Indigeneity officially opened its doors Aug. 17 in Highlands’ Melody Residence Hall and will host presentations and workshops to help students adapt to college life.

  • EDC's new program trains people to work from home

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    If you are self-motivated and are looking for an opportunity to work from home or in a collaborative environment where you are an independent worker, EDC’s SoloWork project may be the answer for you.

  • Council distributes budget

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The Las Vegas City Council unanimously approved a consent agenda that included some departmental budget allocations at Wednesday night’s regular meeting, though there were several other items that took far more time to cover.

    One of those items was a concerted effort to urge the council to bring forth and approve a resolution in the near future in support of New Mexico communities that have the resources to accept refugees from foreign countries.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

    The Associated Press

    N.M. insurance hike sets record

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Regulators have approved the largest health insurance premium increase in the four-year history of New Mexico’s subsidized exchange, state Insurance Superintendent John Franchini said Wednesday.

    The state’s top insurance regulator said record-setting rate increases in 2018 are heavily influenced by uncertainty about whether the federal government will block or discontinue subsidies to insurers.

  • No charges filed against deputy accused of harboring felon

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An independent investigation has apparently cleared a San Miguel County Sheriff's deputy of criminal conduct in a case in which an accused felon went months without being found after an arrest warrant had been issued.

    No charges have been recommended or filed against San Miguel deputy Eric Esquibel after an internal Sheriff's Office investigation, an independent investigation by New Mexico State Police and a review by the district attorney in another county.

  • Roundup: Lady Don spikers pick up first 'W'

    Both squads came into Gillie Lopez Gym needing a win Wednesday. West Las Vegas volleyball needed it just a little more and played like it in a 3-1 tally over Mora.

    After the Rangerettes won the opening set 25-23, the host Lady Dons broke through, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, for their first victory of the season.

    Jenna Bustos notched her third double-double to date, hitting for 17 kills to go with 20 digs.