Today's News

  • Response to Optic article re: ­AG search warrants

    This week, the Las Vegas Optic published an online article titled, “State AG’s Office releases two served Luna search warrants.” The initial article did not include a comment from the College.

    The following statement provides additional context to the Optic’s article along with an update on the progress being made toward rebuilding the Luna Community College Foundation.

  • Every day should be Veterans Day

    Every year on Veterans Day we, as a nation, honor those members of the armed forces who have put their lives on the line to defend the civil liberties we enjoy.

    These women and men have all made tremendous sacrifices in service to the ideals of this country; that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with the right to live in freedom and pursue their dreams.

     There will be speeches, flyovers, and salutes. Then, on November 12, many Americans will wake up and resume their daily lives.

  • Lessons learned from a faith culture

    It is a world within our world that is different, one that can be hard to understand from the outside, but that has many attributes that make a “whole lotta” sense.

    I am talking about a group within our country that has very high family values, a strong work ethic, very deep Biblical beliefs, and who doesn’t accept government benefits. It is the Amish way of life. Like it or not, it is interesting to consider the world the Amish have chosen and how they differ from mainstream Americans.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, November 11
  • N.M. United soccer gets huge turnout for launch party

    When Amanda Powers, Chief Operating Officer, and the rest of the administrative team at New Mexico United started planning a merchandise launch party slightly more than three weeks ago, the team wasn't expecting the turnout to be 800 people.

    “We were just happy if 300 came, but 800 people signed up,” Powers said. “That’s huge for us. This party needed to be a different level.”

  • Investigation leads to dismissal of Mora County staff

    The Mora County fire chief, the payroll clerk who is his daughter and another fire department administrator were all recently fired by the Mora County Commission after an independent probe involving both a flooring purchase and timesheets.

    Denise Duran, a payroll clerk since at least 2015, was recently terminated, as was Mora County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis Romero and another administrator.

  • Soccer: Cards to play in their first state title match
  • Ballot by ballot

    Poll worker Ed Crespin, left, helps Mike Spivey with his ballot during voting Tuesday at West Las Vegas High School. According to unofficial Secretary of State data, more than 6,500 voters turned out Tuesday and 1,000 more voted in Mora County, though early voting participation statewide was three times greater this year than in 2014.

  • Sales from new book to benefit museum

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    Saturday at 11 a.m., at the Las Vegas City Museum, the Friends of the Museum, creators of “Las Vegas, New Mexico: 1835-1935,” will have a launch event to introduce the fourth book in its Heritage Series.

    “We invite everyone to come,” said Bob Mishler, Friends president. “You can meet Edwina Romero, the compiler and editor of the book, who will talk about the production process.”

  • Auxilian honorees