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  • National Day of Prayer

    Some Las Vegas residents will be joining Americans across the nation to pray during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3.

    Scheduled at Plaza Park from 11:30 a.m. when people will gather, to pray from noon to 1 p.m., the annual event — open to the public — will feature local clergy leading prayers for various entities and needs.

    Fabiola Sanchez, event coordinator, said prayers will be offered for America, New Mexico, Las Vegas, government and leaders, the military and first responders, the schools and families, and other needs.

  • Equipment in pond not stuck, city says

    By Jason W. BrooksLas, Vegas Optic Editor

    Several readers pointed out to the Optic within the past week that a large piece of earth-moving equipment appears near submerged in mud and water in the skating pod located along Highway 65 near Montezuma.

    No reason to fear potential damage to the equipment, says City of Las Vegas Public Information Officer Lee Einer.

    While it appears it would be tough to remove the equipment, known as an escalator, under present conditions, that’s not the plan, Einer said.

  • Adams resigns from Luna Board

    Luna Community College Trustees have publicly acknowledged that they and some of their policies and actions have contributed to problems that helped put the school’s accreditation in jeopardy.

  • Cattlewoman, wife of longtime doctor celebrates 90th birthday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Felicia Thal is described by her family as a "remarkable woman." Maybe that's why at an April 21 celebration of her 90th birthday, she was smiling and enjoying a beverage from a wine glass.

    Thal and her husband, Dr. Alan Thal, got deeply involved in the San Miguel County community more than a half-century ago. Both born in South Africa, they and came to the U.S. in 1950, with John Thal receiving surgical training at Cornell, John Hopkins and the University of Minnesota.

  • N.M. House of Representatives — District 40 Candidates

    With the retirement of District 40 N.M. Representative Nick Salazar, there are three Democrats and no one from any other parties vying to be a new face in the Roundhouse. Here are those Democrats' replies to an Optic questionnaire in advance of the June 5 primary, alphabetically by last name:


    Office sought: State Representative, District 40

    Age: 46

    Contact: PO Box 974, County Road A046 #9, Mora, N.M.

    Family: Widowed, in a relationship, mother to Joaquin, age 15.

  • Confrontation leads to brandished weapon at Little League park

    More than 100 spectators, players, coaches and other volunteers faced a threat of violence when a group of four young males allegedly brandished weapons at a Little League game Thursday night at Rodriguez Park.

  • Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity dissolved

    An opportunity to own and maintain an affordable house in Las Vegas has closed.

    For the last 25 years, Habitat for Humanity, a program that builds and re-habilitates homes for low-income residents, moved some 30 local families into houses with the added challenges and rewards of home ownership.

  • General experience

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highly decorated retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Melvyn Montaño of Albuquerque will be the speaker for the Highlands University main campus commencement ceremony May 12.

    Montaño’s military career spanned more than 45 years, culminating with his being named for the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal Award. He retired in 1999 as the adjutant general of the New Mexico National Guard and was the first Hispanic to achieve this National Guard rank in the continental U.S.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, April 29, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 19 and April 26, 2018:

  • Ballerina Bellas

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Some local dancers were able to perform with State Street Ballet during the troupe’s recent rendition of Cinderella in Las Vegas.

    The dancers included Flora Lopez, Iris Vance, Andrina Jiron, Lauren Conway, Isabella Romero, Miamor Chavez, Serenity Chavez, Deidra Tenorio, Ariel Sandoval, Kristen Chavez, Jacquelyn Romero and Jasmine Rivera.

    Dance instructor Sarah Floreswas also involved.