Local News

  • NMHU losing money on golf course

    The NMHU Gene Torres Golf Course is currently running an annual deficit of about $200,000, according to Highland University President Dr. Sam Minner.

    Minner said that last spring he established various task forces, one of which looked at business affairs. The task force, led by Vice President of Finance Max Baca, found that the nine-hole golf course had been at a deficit.

  • Men arrested for possession of drugs after morning pursuit

    Two men were recently arrested on drug possession and other charges after the truck they were in struck a parked vehicle and was pursued through Las Vegas, police said in court documents.

    According to Las Vegas Police, Johnny Joe Gallegos, 37, and Ruben Quintana, 23, were in a brown Chevy pickup that struck a parked vehicle at about 7:45 a.m. on Feb. 8. Officers initiated a pursuit and eventually took Gallegos, who was driving, and Quintana into custody.

  • Gun buyer background check bill on Gov.’s desk

    The New Mexico House of Representatives voted 42-27 late Monday to approve a bill that would expand requirements for instant federal background checks on buyers of firearms in the state.

    Exceptions would include sales of antique firearms or any sale involving immediate family members. It would not affect transactions involving guns that are loaned, gifted or inherited.

  • Mardi Gras Masquerade

    The Rotary Club of Las Vegas and the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance hosted a Mardi Gras masquerade ball fundraiser in the Highlands University Student Union Ballroom on Saturday.

    Patrick Gutierrez and Jessica McGee were among those sporting masks.

    More photos from this evernt will be published in an upcoming edition of the Optic.



  • Early Childhood education: Funding proposal stalls again

    Several Democrats joined with Republicans on a state Senate committee Monday to block a proposed constitutional amendment on early childhood education funding, snubbing a priority for members of their party in the New Mexico House and posing a challenge to the agenda of newly elected Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

  • Legislative roundup, March 5

    Legislative roundup, March. 5:

    Days remaining in session, as of Tuesday morning: 12

    Another state song: O, Fair New Mexico has been the state song since 1973. New Mexico also has a Spanish language state song, Asi Es Nuevo Mejico, designated that same year.

    Now state Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, wants the Legislature to designate “a state chile song.”

    His choice is Chile Verde Rock.

  • Mora commissioners pass "2nd Amendment Sanctuary"resolution

    A two hour-and-a-half-hour Mora County Commission special meeting culminated in the board unanimously passing a resolution Monday.

    The resolution declares Mora to be a "Second Amendment sanctuary county," as the state government inches closer to passing gun control legislation. About a hundred people turned out for the special meeting, with many forced to stand.

  • Vegas residents deal with power, water outages

    Homes, businesses and offices in various parts of Las Vegas lost electricity, and, in some parts of the city, water service during an unusual winter storm Monday.

    Sub-freezing temperatures, windy conditions and fog aren't typically found in the same place, but that's what San Miguel, Mora and Colfax counties experienced late Sunday night and all through Monday. Light snow added to the mix, at times, and snow and ice clustered in trees and shrubs.

  • EDC director position reduced to part time

    The director of the Las Vegas / San Miguel Economic Development Corporation has had his position reduced to part-time by the EDC Board of Directors. 

    San Miguel County Attorney Dave Romero said it's his understanding Executive Director Mike Adams has had his position reduced from full-time to part-time. The Optic has attempted to contact both Adams and emailed the EDC (no landline apparently exists) with attempts to contact anyone from the organization.

  • Las Vegas Night: Viva Nosotros

    Las Vegas Night was held Thursday at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, where hundreds from Mora and San Miguel gathered to eat, drink, dance and celebrate the shared culture of the two neighboring counties in front of state lawmakers.

    Mora County Vice Chair Veronica Serna said the turnout was great and there was a sense of community. When asked if Mora County would participate in next year’s event, she said, “It’s going to be better next year.”