Today's News

  • Pecos boys top Estancia, return to title game

    RIO RANCHO — Avenging the team's only loss to a fellow Class 3A boys' basketball team this season was just a bonus.

    Pecos turned up the intensity in the third quarter of its state semifinal and stormed to a 69-48 win over Estancia after leading 31-26 at halftime Thursday night at the Santa Ana Star Center. The Panthers' win came in front of hundreds of fans -- many adorned in green and gold -- and earned the team a return trip to The Pit for the state championship game on Saturday.

  • Dry conditions

    Firefighters managed to contain this recent burn at a site along Highway 518 near Sapello, but any fire has the risk of destroying massive acreage and property and endangering lives.

    Fire officials remind New Mexicans that extremely dry conditions call for extra caution when handling any sort of open flame or heat source.

  • Gov. takes no action on solar credit bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has declined to act on a measure that would have restored a tax credit aimed at offsetting the costs of solar energy systems for households, small businesses and farms in New Mexico.

    The Republican governor faced a deadline Wednesday to sign legislation that was approved during the recent 30-day session. Measures not acted upon by the governor are considered pocket vetoed.

  • First phase of mill restoration completed

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    MORA —Merl Witt, president of the Saint Vrain Mill Preservation and Historical Foundation, recently announced that the first most significant step in the restoration of the St. Vrain Mill — stabilization of the foundation — has just been completed. 

    More than 150 years ago, Ceran St. Vrain commissioned the building of his stone mill (Molino de Piedra) at a site located along the northern edge of the Village of Mora.

  • Luna student selected to an all-state academic team

    Jessey Martinez has earned one of the most prestigious awards a two-year college student can get.

    Martinez was selected to the New Mexico Phi Theta Kappa All-State Academic Team. Martinez, a criminal justice major at Luna Community College, was recognized at the State Capitol recently.

  • Online gaming community growing by leaps, bounds

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Meadow City Gaming is a competitive gaming community developed by gamers, for gamers. Its goal is to establish a strong gaming community of all ages that will bring together gamers from all corners of New Mexico to compete against one another and win cash prizes.

    MCG strives to give back to its community. At each tournament, MCG collects donations that will be used toward local causes. From providing shower tickets for the homeless to raising funds for a family in need, the possibilities to give back are endless.

  • Noticias, Friday, March 9, 2018

    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m.  New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

  • Thumbs: Our high-country lowdown on the news, March 9, 2018

    One of the troubles with having a seeded state basketball tournament is that it leads to complaining from adults and kids alike about the process — especially if one seed makes the difference in a road trip spanning hundreds of miles.
    These complaints — whether voiced at games, to Optic staff or on social media, are often overheard by players and coaches.

  • Three months into newspaper ownership

    Three months ago, I bought a newspaper, The Guadalupe County Communicator. I knew, or should have known, what I was getting into.

    It’s a different experience, owning the whole outfit. For about 10 years, I ran newspapers for a big corporate owner, so I already had a pretty good idea what it takes to run a paper. But being the bona-fide, local owner is a whole other experience, as the almighty buck is now permanently affixed to my desk, which I bought along with the paper.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 9, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 9, 2018.