Today's News

  • San Miguel County Sheriff candidate questionnaires, June 2018 primary

    Here are responses from three of the four Democratic Party candidates for San Miguel County Sheriff in the June 5 primary. Sheriff Gary Gold  is retiring; there is no incumbent. The Optic will publish the response from candidate Tony A. Valdez once received. No candidates from other parties filed to run in the June 5 primary. Read the Optic in the weeks ahead to see other primary candidate replies.


    Age: 57.

  • Review: Artists connect Americans with the French

    What a balmy April evening in which to revel in a concert at the Plaza Hotel.

    With Ron Maltais, we expect professionalism and passion, and we were delighted that the renowned Mary Kay Robinson joined him on flute. Since their program was mainly composed by students of the formidable Nadia Boulanger, we were truly treated to a French connection.

    Did Ron know Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron would be in Les États-Unis this week? Peut-être, but I digress.

  • Mario picks 'Pokes

    It’s been a productive spring semester for Pecos senior Mario Archuleta, who’s working his way through quite the to-do list.

    Pass the 2,000 points mark, career scoring, for the Panther basketball team?


  • Fifteen locals all-district in baseball, softball

    Ten Robertson student-athletes and five from West Las Vegas are among the all-district honorees in baseball and softball for District 2-4A this spring.

    Robertson’s Rick Armijo and Michael Quintana were named district coaches of the year in baseball and softball, respectively, after leading their teams to 2-4A championships and state tournament runs.

  • The End of an era

    As longtime Nelson Funeral Home owners plan closing its doors in June, its funeral director, Dwight Torres, weighs his options.
    The Nelsons, Alfredo and Alberta Nelson-Moberg announced their retirement in a May 6 letter.

  • Colorado woman dies in I-25 rollover

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    According to the New Mexico State Police, a Colorado woman was killed in a rollover vehicle wreck that happened Monday at about 1 p.m. along Interstate 25, at mile marker 309, near Pecos.

    The initial investigation indicated a 2005 Saturn passenger car was traveling north on I-25 at a high rate of speed.

    For presently unknown reasons, the Saturn left the roadway and then rolled.

  • Driven to improve

    Theresa Wesner photo

    As summer approaches, more vehicles will be on the roads, increasing the risks of accidents.

    First-responders attended to this late-April wreck on South Grand and a rollover near Robertson High a few days prior.

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, May 18, 2018

    Friday, May 18
    A Public Land Management Commissioner candidate meet-and-greet will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at “The Spot”  Old Town Mission”, at Chavez and Socorro streets in Las Vegas. The event is sponsored by RUIDO Indivisible Group, LVNM and San Miguel County Federation of Democratic Women. For information, call 505- 490-0590.

    Friday, May 18

  • LCC duo claims first, second place in heavy equipment contest

    Luna Community College’s Vocational/Technical Studies students John Lucero and Tracy Herrera took first and second place, respectively, at the Associated General Contractors of America Heavy Equipment Rodeo on Friday, May 4 in Albuquerque.

    Lucero narrowly beat out Herrera in the excavator simulator competition by a money score of $1,700 to $1,638.

    The competitors had to load a dump truck within four-minute time.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, May 18, 2018

    After Jarrod Duran caught the final out of Friday’s 12-2 win over No. 1 seed Mesilla Valley Christian, he ran toward the Isotopes Park infield to celebrate with his state-champion Mora Ranger teammates.

    Hopefully, Mora’s first state title in baseball is a sign of more impressive non-sports accomplishments in the years ahead.
    Mora’s love for hoops is well-known, and its cross country and volleyball success, coupled with baseball, show both a fighting spirit and a knowledge of the game.