Today's News

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Aug. 22-25

    WEDNESDAY (Aug. 22)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 6:35 p.m., El Paso, Texas
    • Las Vegas Adult League games: Lady Jags vs. I’d Hit That, 6:30 p.m.; AVRH Scrubs vs. Lady Jags-I’d Hit That loser, 7:30 p.m.; championship game, 8:30 p.m.; Rodriguez Park


    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 6:35 p.m., El Paso, Texas

  • Letters to the editor, Sunday, August 19, 2018

    Does an editor edit?

    I’ve continuously been disappointed with the Optic. Let’s get something straight, the Optic is by NO means late breaking news. If you’re like me, and receive it in the mail, chances are it’s already three day old news. Not to mention there is hardly ever any thing of substance to report “as of press time.”

  • Heritage Days in Las Vegas was fantastic

    Elvis was wrong. It is not just Viva, Las Vegas. It is Viva Las Vegas, New Mexico. You don’t need to drive to Nevadato see bright lights and highlights with cowboys and show girls. Put your car on the road and steer north to fill that western thrill.

    To be perfectly honest, I don’t gamble, so Nevadaholds no joy for me. Living on a teacher’s salary, (wait,) I take that back. We teachers are the ultimate gamblers.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Aug. 19, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, 20182018:

  • South Grand construction

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    South Grand Avenue in Las Vegas, from to Tilden Avenue to Interstate 25, will have only one lane open within the southbound lanes, until further notice. Motorists are advised to limit speed to 35 mph in this zone, until further notice.

    The lanes are 11 feet wide. Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

  • Full service

    Drive down almost any street in Las Vegas and it’s easy to see remnants of the past. Stop for gas at either of the town’s two full-service gas stations and you can experience a small piece of that past.

    Once ubiquitous, full-service gas stations are rarely seen today, and most drivers expect to do the work of pumping gas themselves. But in Las Vegas, there’s no need to do the work yourself thanks to Gabriel’s Independent Station at 905 North Grand Ave., and RJ’s One Stop on South Grand.

  • Students create online exhibits of Donnelly Library archives

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    History of the Las Vegas community and Highlands University come to life, thanks to a digital online special collections exhibits project the university’s media arts and technology students created for Donnelly Library.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, August 19, 2018

    Sunday, Aug. 19
    The Young Democrats of New Mexico will host Young Democrats of San Miguel County for an organizational and election strategy meeting. Food and refreshments will be provided. The meeting will take place at 2629 Montezuma St. from noon to 2 p.m. For questions or information, call County Chairman, Martín Leger at 505-670-1738.

    Tuesday, Aug. 21

  • Why’s a free press important?

    If the best disinfectant is sunshine, it’s important to remember that preventive medicine is just as effective as curing diseases.

    A free press doesn’t simply exist to help weed out corrupt or ill-intentioned people and practices from our government and the business world. It’s also the watchdog that helps shape the way business is conducted and the degree of honesty and number of rules followed — simply by being present and asking questions.

  • Simplifying your world by downsizing

    We all have too much stuff. We have things we don’t touch in years that are just taking up space. As a side note, I am writing this column to myself, but I thought I would share with you my advice to me!

    I have a theory. It is called the “Kraft’s Theory of Space.” It will never be as famous as Newton’s Theory of Relativity or Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, but it seems to be a theory that is accurate almost without exception.