Today's News

  • ‘A low blow’ to veterans

    A San Miguel County van used to transport veterans to and from medical appointments at the VA Hospital in Albuquerque is out of commission after a thief or thieves made off with parts from the van and ripped out wires over the weekend.

    San Miguel County Manager Les Montoya said the county has been forced to suspend the veterans transportation program until it can file an insurance claim and repair the damage that was done.

  • Thrills at Expo, Family Fun Day
  • Rec center closure to begin Sunday

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be closing beginning Sunday to allow the contractor hired to overhaul the facility to begin its work, the city has announced.

    The city is projecting that the rec center will be closed nine to 10 weeks. The city has worked out an agreement with New Mexico Highlands University officials to allow rec center patrons to use the university’s Archuleta Fitness Center during the temporary closure.

    Rec center patrons will be allowed to work out at the Highlands facility beginning Monday.

  • Business incubator grand opening Aug. 22

    By Sharon Vander Meer

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp., manager of the New Mexico Highlands University Business Hub and Incubator, will host a grand opening at 11 a.m. this coming Monday in NMHU’s Hewett Hall, 1103 National Ave.
    New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela is scheduled to be the featured speaker.

  • West makes changes to drop-off, pick-up areas
  • Authorities ID officer who shot suspect

    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS — State police have identified the officer involved in the Aug. 7 shooting of a carjacking suspect near Las Vegas.

    According to a news release from the agency, the officer who wounded the suspect is Carlos Vigil, a two-year veteran of the department.

    According to state police, the suspect, 52-year-old William Wilson, had stolen a vehicle north of Albuquerque and fled before the pursuit ended and Vigil opened fire.

  • Mora Community Health Services hosting open house, barbecue

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mora Valley Community Health Services is marking its 41st anniversary with an open house and barbecue slated for noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

    MVCHS began providing medical and dental services in Mora County in 1975. Over the last 41 years, MVCHS added additional programs to meet the medical needs of Mora County residents. MVCHS provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services, as well as home health, home care, personal care, adult day care, homemaker, and senior center meal and transportation services.   

  • State wants rate hike details

    The Associated Press

    State regulators have ordered an electric utility to outline potential consequences of a recommended rate increase that its company officials have called unreasonable.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission issued the order for Public Service Company of New Mexico last week. The utility has until Tuesday to file a response.

  • Weather - Aug. 17, 2016


    HIGH 83° / LOW 52°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Wednesday night — mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
    6:22 a.m. to 7:47 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Aug. 17, 2016

    In 1966
    Friday, Aug. 5, 1966 — Miss Carol Silva is the new woman’s page editor for the Optic. Miss Silva, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Silva, 218 Pecos, has been employed the past 11 months by Rex Studio. A 1963 graduate of Las Vegas High School, Miss Silva was employed in Washington, D.C., by the Evening Star, the paper with the largest circulation in that area at that time. After working there for two years, she returned to Las Vegas in July 1965.