Today's News

  • Mardi Gras Masquerade

    The Rotary Club of Las Vegas and the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance hosted a Mardi Gras masquerade ball fundraiser in the Highlands University Student Union Ballroom on Saturday.

    Patrick Gutierrez and Jessica McGee were among those sporting masks.

    More photos from this evernt will be published in an upcoming edition of the Optic.



  • Early Childhood education: Funding proposal stalls again

    Several Democrats joined with Republicans on a state Senate committee Monday to block a proposed constitutional amendment on early childhood education funding, snubbing a priority for members of their party in the New Mexico House and posing a challenge to the agenda of newly elected Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

  • Legislative roundup, March 5

    Legislative roundup, March. 5:

    Days remaining in session, as of Tuesday morning: 12

    Another state song: O, Fair New Mexico has been the state song since 1973. New Mexico also has a Spanish language state song, Asi Es Nuevo Mejico, designated that same year.

    Now state Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, wants the Legislature to designate “a state chile song.”

    His choice is Chile Verde Rock.

  • Que Pasa, Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    Wednesday, March 6

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital will hold a provider meet-and-greet from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Medical Office Building next door to the hospital. Stop by to meet the providers and learn about the services provided at AVRH. For information about the open house or to RSVP, call Marla Martinez at 505-426-3772.

    Thursday, March 7

  • Let’s hear it for D.S.T.

    This coming Sunday morning, March 10, will be time to advance the clocks in our houses, making each timepiece show an hour later than when we hit the sack.

  • Editorial Cartoon Wednesday, March 6, 2019

      Editorial Cartoon Wednesday, March 6, 2019

  • Looking Ahead: Sports March 6-March 8



    NMHU vs. Minot State University, 12 p.m., Brandt Field



    Robertson at Cobre Invitational, TBA, Cobre

  • Mora commissioners pass "2nd Amendment Sanctuary"resolution

    A two hour-and-a-half-hour Mora County Commission special meeting culminated in the board unanimously passing a resolution Monday.

    The resolution declares Mora to be a "Second Amendment sanctuary county," as the state government inches closer to passing gun control legislation. About a hundred people turned out for the special meeting, with many forced to stand.

  • Vegas residents deal with power, water outages

    Homes, businesses and offices in various parts of Las Vegas lost electricity, and, in some parts of the city, water service during an unusual winter storm Monday.

    Sub-freezing temperatures, windy conditions and fog aren't typically found in the same place, but that's what San Miguel, Mora and Colfax counties experienced late Sunday night and all through Monday. Light snow added to the mix, at times, and snow and ice clustered in trees and shrubs.

  • EDC director position reduced to part time

    The director of the Las Vegas / San Miguel Economic Development Corporation has had his position reduced to part-time by the EDC Board of Directors. 

    San Miguel County Attorney Dave Romero said it's his understanding Executive Director Mike Adams has had his position reduced from full-time to part-time. The Optic has attempted to contact both Adams and emailed the EDC (no landline apparently exists) with attempts to contact anyone from the organization.