Today's News

  • Hospital’s services in crosshairs

    With concerns being raised over the services provided by Alta Vista Regional Hospital, some say it’s time to explore alternatives for health care.

    The San Miguel County Commission this past week gave the green light to Chairman Rock Ulibarri to begin exploring those options. While it is viewed as a preliminary step at most, the move does acknowledge a growing dissatisfaction among some in the community.

  • Thousands of eggs ready to go - Easter egg hunts scheduled

    Thousands of brightly colored eggs are ready for the fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Mora/San Miguel Farm and Livestock Bureau. The annual hunt, which takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday at county fairgrounds off Hot Springs Boulevard north of Las Vegas, will have roughly 8,000 eggs for eager kids.

    The hunt will have hundreds of “golden” eggs containing gift certificates for bikes and cash from area businesses.

  • Russia balks at condemning Syria

    The Associated Press

    UNITED NATIONS — Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution Wednesday that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation, triggering clashes between Moscow and the measure’s Western backers.

    The vote on the Security Council resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States was 10 in favor, Russia and Bolivia against, and China, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia abstaining.

  • Jail Log - April 14, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 6 and 12:
    Tyler Flores, 37, probation violation: three-day sanction, Adult Probation Office
    Katherine Duran, 35, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Las Vegas Municipal Court, Bernalillo
    Gavino Cavitt, 32, possession, delivery or manufacture of drug paraphernalia, drivers license, San Miguel County Magistrate Court

  • Weather - April 14, 2017


    HIGH 75° / LOW 41°
    Sunny, with a high near 75. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.  
    6:29 a.m. to 7:33 p.m.


    HIGH 74° / LOW 39°
    Sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night — mostly clear, with a low around 39.
    6:28 a.m. to 7:34 p.m.


  • Dance concert prep
  • Que Pasa - April 14, 2017


    7 p.m.
    First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave. will hold its Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday Sunrise Service will take place at 7 a.m. at Old Town Mission Church, followed by Easter breakfast 8 a.m. at the church on Douglas, with Easter egg hunt for children. Easter church service will take place at 10:30. Call 425-7763 for more information.

    Las Vegas Optic office will close at noon on Friday, April 14. The office will re-open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 17.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - April 14, 2017

    For a number of years, motorists have needed to do some creative dodging of the several manholes on Hot Springs Boulevard, near the New Mexico Behavioral Health Center. Many people have been stopped (but not necessarily ticketed) by police, who observe motorists trying to dodge the manholes, whose position on the highway is not uniform. We urge authorities to make efforts to align these manholes to avoid drivers’ having to pay for expensive front-end alignments. Swerving to avoid auto damage should NOT be a ticketable offense.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 14, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Assessing the session and its aftermath

    Time to assess the damage. Well over 200 pieces of legislation were passed in this year’s session at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, though more than half of the bills handed over to the governor were vetoed. One Albuquerque Journal report declared Susana Martinez’s 145 vetoes this time around “the high-water mark” during her six years so far as governor.