Today's News

  • Effort tabled to revamp game and fish agency

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee has tabled a proposal to significantly shift the mission of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    The legislation sponsored by Democrat Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces would give the department the authority to manage all wildlife as a public resource rather than managing game animals and fish for recreation and food as currently provided under law.

    The measure also would give the gubernatorial appointees of the Game Commission authority over all wildlife rather than just game species.

  • Trump: White House fine-tuned machine, despite turmoil

    By Darlene Superville and Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump mounted an aggressive defense of his young presidency Thursday, lambasting reports that his campaign advisers had inappropriate contact with Russian officials and vowing to crack down on the leaking of classified information.

  • House GOP struggles for consensus on health law

    By Alan Fram
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — House Republican leaders sketched broad outlines of a replacement for President Barack Obama’s health care law that left rank-and-file GOP members at odds and questioning details and timing of how the GOP intends to deliver on its long-promised alternative.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 17, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 8 and Feb. 13:
    Jerroldine Montaño, 38, probation violation: 24 hour hold for investigation. Adult Probation Office
    Leondro Padilla, 33, bench warrant: hold for court, San Miguel Magistrate Court / MDC
    Amanda Padilla, 27, bench warrant: failure to appear, District Court / Sandoval County
    Jessie Romero, 40, bench warrant: failure to appear, District Court

  • Weather - Feb. 19, 2017


    HIGH 64° / LOW 35°
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Northwest wind around 10 mph.
    6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.


    HIGH 60° / LOW 34°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 60. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:44 a.m. to 5:46 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Feb. 19, 2017

    Friday, Feb. 17, 1967 — The Las Vegas Hawks were edged in a final period rally -4 by the Montezuma Seminarians ice hockey team at the Gallinas skating pond Thursday afternoon. The Hawks roster is made up of Bob Gordon, Dave Beeman, Juan Jose Peña, Alonso Vasquez, John Deere, Jeff Blaum and player-coach Robert Bickham.

  • More than $3,000 raised
  • Gallery 140 exhibit features photographs of New Mexico

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Arts Council is exhibiting photographs from northern New Mexico in a benefit show and sale through the end of the month.

    The show at Gallery 140 on Bridge Street is “New Mexico Places: Photography by June Bowers.”  It includes photographs of familiar buildings, landforms, streams, vehicles, and equipment from Tecolote, Chacon, Ocate, Romeroville, North Carmen, Ledoux, San Jose, Tres Piedras, and other nearby localities. Gallery 140 is at 140 Bridge Street and is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 17, 2017


    5:30 to 8 p.m.
    Samaritan House’s 40th year anniversary will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Montezuma Castle Ballroom.Tickets are available at Semilla, Traveler’s or the Samaritan House Main Office. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children. Table sponsors are also available. Auction items are being accepted at 220 Bernalillo St. For more information, call 454-1390.


    5:15 p.m.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 17, 2017