Today's News

  • Another Perspective: Here are four critical books all leaders must read

    By Vidal Martinez

    After reading more than one-thousand books, 10 years leading volunteer firefighters, 13 years as a college administrator, a lifelong teacher, parent, and now a manager, I have identified four critical books leaders must read.

  • Students volunteer to teach revolutionary device

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University students are volunteering in Namibia, Africa, this summer teaching medical students and others how to use a revolutionary hand-held portable diagnostic ultrasound device that has the power to save lives.

    Molly Enenbach, a 2016 Highlands biology graduate who begins medical school in August, and James Foster, a Highlands biology senior, are demonstrating how to use the low wattage device the size of a smartphone or computer tablet that is used to diagnose disease and trauma conditions.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Summer is a fun time at Gascon Ranch

    Suddenly it is summer. Spring here in the mountains comes and goes quickly. The ranch chores and the farming chores keep all of us busy. Thankfully the days are long and warm so the work gets done without many complications.

  • All-state teams

    One last set of postseason honors poured in earlier this month for the state’s top prep baseball and softball players — including five from the Meadow City.

  • Heads-up play
  • Sports physicals being offered

    Submitted to the Optic

    El Centro Health Clinic, located at 1024 South Pacific, is giving free sports physicals to all West Las Vegas athletes for the 2017-18 school year.

    All athletes must have a physical in order to participate in any athletic activity.

    Make your appointment today by calling 505-426-2599.

    El Centro Health Clinic does have blank physical forms on hand.  Parents also can print them; access online at www.wlvs.k12.nm.us and click “online documents.”

  • Go Fish - June 18, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catches of the week
    Morphy Lake: Mykeljon Mario Vasquez, 8, of Las Vegas, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout. He was using garlic PowerBait.

    Santa Rosa Lake: Zolin Guhrke, 9, of Rio Rancho, caught and released a largemouth bass that weighed approximately 2 pounds June 10. He was fishing from the bank and using a live crawfish.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 18, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 2:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.  
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies vs. Santa Fe Sting, 2 p.m., Herrera Complex

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 8:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.  
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 8:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.  

  • Where’s the money?

    Correction — June 21, 2017

    In the June 16 Optic story titled “Where’s the money?” HB 641’s path to become law was described incorrectly. It was a New Mexico House bill that was amended by the Senate and sent back to the House for final approval before it was sent to the governor’s desk.

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    One New Mexico state tax measure, passed in 2013, might have ramifications that are affecting the state’s available state tax revenue.

  • ‘Sanctuary’ status discussed with county leaders

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    “Sanctuary status” is a term with an evolving definition. This week, some Highlands University students and a professor asked the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners to further articulate its definition.