Today's News

  • 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.

  • Cards, Dons, Panthers: On to state baseball playoffs

    Baseball teams from Robertson, West Las Vegas and Pecos are headed to state. The locals learned their postseason matchups on Sunday afternoon.

    Higher seeded teams in Class 4A will host best-of-three first-round series this Friday and Saturday. In 3A, higher seeds will host single-elimination first-rounders on Wednesday.

  • Robertson teams clinch district titles on diamond

    A pair of dominant pitching performances a couple of miles apart led to dual District 2-4A championships for Robertson High on Saturday.

    Brandon Lucero struck out 10 and escaped two jams to lead the Cardinal baseball team to a 2-1 win over St. Mike's in game one of a doubleheader at Memorial Middle School's Whorton Field.

    The title is the Cardinals' first in four years.

    St. Mike's came back to win game two 17-5 but finished second in 2-4A at 16-10, 9-3. The Cards are 21-4, 10-2, and ranked No. 1 in 4A baseball.

  • 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.