Today's News

  • In Brief - News - March 25, 2015

    The Associated Press

  • Pecos historical park to host Civil War events

    Submitted to the Optic

    Pecos National Historical Park is set to come alive with the tension and noise of the Civil War in the West, complete with artillery demonstrations, music by a fife and drum corps, a look at period military medicine, and the chance to interact with costumed interpreters who demonstrate both camp and homefront life.

  • Noticias - March 25, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • Que Pasa - March 25, 2015

    • The Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association will hold its annual membership coffee from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 25 at 769 Diane Ave. All women golfers are welcome. For more information, call 425-6003.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” as told by Iza Trapani. Free and open to the public.


  • Editorial cartoon - March 25, 2015
  • Tax hike a bad idea

    San Miguel County commissioners will decide on Monday whether to hike gross receipts taxes throughout the county by a quarter cent.

    The increase would generate about $880,000 in new revenue for the county and cost everyone buying goods and services here an extra 25 cents on a $100 purchase.

    We’re sympathetic to the economic realities that San Miguel County is facing. But trying to balance the county’s books on the backs of San Miguel County residents who can least afford it is not the answer.

  • Work of Art: Having pie on Pi Day

    My friend, Bruce Wertz, often reminds me of the Frank Sinatra song (or movie), “A pocketful of miracles,” but in Bruce’s case it’s “A pocketful of trivia.”

    Yes, after church, during treat time, he’ll hand me a soon-to-be raisin and ask why John Steinbeck would have anything to do with it. Before I attempt an answer, he blurts out, “It’s a Grape of Wrath.”

  • Grizzlies go 3-0
  • Sports roundup - Cowgirl sluggers win first series

    Splitting a Sunday doubleheader with Colorado State-Pueblo, the New Mexico Highlands softball team clinched its first series win of the year.

    NMHU, coached by Karin Gadberry, is now 9-17 overall and 4-11 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    Highlands won Sunday’s first game 5-4 in eight innings for a third consecutive victory over the visiting ThunderWolves, then dropped the series finale 14-3 in five frames.

  • Rocky Mountain hey! Griego 2nd, Yara 4th to lead solid showing by LV wrestlers in Denver tourney

    Joseph Paul Griego battled to a runner-up finish in this past weekend’s Rocky Mountain Nationals, leading a strong contingent of Las Vegas wrestlers in one of the country’s more prestigious grappling events.

    Griego, a Robertson sophomore who earned a Class 4A state title in February, lost in a rare all-New Mexico final against fellow 145-pounder Richard Govea, the state champ in Class 6A for Volcano Vista. Govea scored a late fall to edge Griego, who finished the weekend with a 6-1 record.