Today's News

  • Thoughts, prayers are not enough

    This editorial, by Kyle Land, recently appeared in the New Mexico Daily Lobo.

    Three years after his son, Daniel, was murdered in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mark Barden said on “Entertainment Weekly,” “Thoughts and prayers and moments of silence are not enough.”

    This is the mindset America should have when tackling the epidemic of gun violence. Thoughts and prayers do not prevent gun violence. Legislation does.

  • Do we ‘plant’ eggplant?

    Work of Art

    A few weeks ago, this column introduced the two foreign exchange students who are spending the school year with us. One student, Tookta, comes from Thailand; the other, Kitty, is from China.

    Our main objective is to help them learn English as well as American ways, which they seem to be acquiring through their enrollment at Robertson High School. I believe that part of their indoctrination is in providing food we think they’ll enjoy. And the counterpart involves our becoming more familiar with what people eat in China and Thailand.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

  • Cockrell is 2017 recipient of Marr scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic

    Matthew Preston Cockrell, a 2017 Robertson High School graduate, has been selected as the recipient of the 36th Annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.

    The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Robertson High School student-athlete who has excelled academically and participated in the football program.

    An outstanding scholar-athlete, Cockrell graduated with a 3.9 cumulative grade point average.

  • Man suffers broken arm, eye socket in attack

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was taken into custody last weekend after police say he struck another man with a large wooden object.

    Samuel Coca, 37, is charged with battery with a deadly weapon for an alleged Sept. 29 incident that Las Vegas Police say happened at about 4 p.m. An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Bernalillo Street after Darlene Coca, Samuel’s mother, called police to report an assault.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Gascon features weather recording station

    Yes, here at Gascon we have a national weather service recording station.

    Our station number is 29-3488-02 and we record that 24-hour maximum and minimum temperatures, precipitation (time of day/night and amount) and whether we have experienced fog, ice pellets, glaze, thunder, hail, damaging winds, plus the time of these observations and snow depth in the winter.

  • Where were you in '77?

    Mora High School’s Class of 1977 recentlly held its 40th class reunion. It was a huge success after a year of planning.

    The class would like to thank Ben Bustos and American Legion “Pavilion” in Mora for use of its facility; Kendrick Martinez of Kenn’s Cuisine, LLC, of Mora for the awesome catering and Albert Bustamante of Las Vegas help with the music.

  • College students, staff among the 800,000 affected by DACA uncertainty

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Thursday was the deadline for those protected under a special federeal immigration program to apply for renewal.

    For one San Miguel County college graduate, the apparent changes to that program hit close to home. Neyli Castillo said has always been a safe haven and a place of opportunity for her.

  • School threat tied to song lyrics

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Nothing seems to provoke concern and anxiety among parents quite like hearing the word “lockdown” associated with their child’s school.

    That term was used last week in describing a situation at Robertson High School. However, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper says that term doesn’t really apply to the response from administrators and school security.

    Also, he feels the entire situation could have easily been avoided.

  • Amtrak train derails near Valmora

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    An Amtrak train derailed near a crossing of Highway 97 near Valmora about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the rail service’s officials.

    There were no injuries reported in the derailment, according to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. The train hit a boulder that had fallen onto the tracks, and went off of the railway, but none of the train cars tipped over.