Today's News

  • Monument to celebrate anniversary of Civil War

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fort Union National Monument announced its annual First Fort Tours that will take place on Saturday. The public may visit the site of the original fort, the “First Fort Union” and see the ruins of the arsenal operated there during the Third Fort, or third period, of Fort Union. Special programs will focus on the 150th Anniversary of the Long Walk of the Navajo and Mescalero Apache, and Fort Union’s role in these tragic events.  

  • Que Pasa - July 12, 2013

    • Regular meeting of the Las Vegas Senior Olympics, 1 p.m. on Thursday
    July 11 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. All members are asked to attend. State senior Olympics athletes are asked to bring medals.


  • Noticias - June 10, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • New Mexico State Police will be conducting a DWI-Checkpoint in San Miguel County between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, July 12.
    • The Las Vegas Total Community Approach Program is available to help anyone with a drug and alcohol problem get the help and treatment they need. The program provides free drug and alcohol evaluations and help paying for treatment for anyone who qualifies. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 454-8151.

  • Cargo left quite a legacy

    His nickname may have been “Lonesome Dave,” but former Gov. David F. Cargo had more than his share of friends in Mora and San Miguel counties, and that wasn’t by accident.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 12, 2013
  • Work of Art — Fiestas: They’ve changed

    It seemed that the whole town made elaborate preparations for the 4th of July festivities. Certainly not to be left out, my sisters must have spent weeks perfecting their fiesta dresses, those white, lacey outfits held together at the waist, tamale-style, with a metal belt.

  • Taking the heat

    Laboring through triple-digit heat and some of the best competition he’s faced, Moises Coca raced to two top-five finishes in this past weekend’s U.S.A. Track and Field Junior Olympics regional competition in Mesa, Ariz.

    Coca, a junior at West Las Vegas this coming school year, ran fourth in the 800-meter run (2:08.34) and fifth in the 3,000-meter run (9:48.88) for his age division. He was seventh in the 1,500 (4:29.83) on Sunday.

  • Little Leaguers close in on district titles

    The Las Vegas Little League’s 10-11 softball team became the first local squad to hoist a District 4 championship banner Monday.

    But with other locals faring well early in the week, they may soon have company.

    In a best-of-three series for the district championship, Las Vegas Little League edged La Plaza two games to one to claim the title and a trip to Albuquerque and the state tournament.

  • North-South mania in Vegas

    Will this really be Cindy Roybal’s swan song after a Hall of Fame coaching career?

    Roybal, who once guided New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West championships, will be coaching the North girls in the annual Class 2A-3A North-South All-Star game on Friday night.

    Roybal recently announced her plan to step down from head coaching duties at Santa Fe Indian School, which she led to two state titles.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 10, 2013

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Trinidad Triggers, 6:05 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.
    • District 4 Little League All-Star tournaments, Santa Rosa
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division games, Brew Crew vs. Havoc, 6 p.m., Vegas Boyz vs. Bombers, 7:15 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street
    • District 4 Little League All-Star tournaments, Santa Rosa

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Raton Osos, 6 p.m., Raton