Today's News

  • Editorial cartoon - Feb. 27, 2015
  • Infectious optimism in Vegas

    By Joseph W. McCaffrey

    For the Optic

    I can feel a new spirit of optimism in Las Vegas. This infectious optimism was written about in a recent New Mexico Magazine article by Kate Nelson [New Mexico Magazine, July 2014, 36-42].

    What are the sources of this new optimism?

  • Time to end failed policy of social promotion

    By Nora Espinoza

    Recently, the Las Vegas Optic published an opinion from Art Trujillo. I completely disagree with him. We must stop passing students who can’t read.

    Knowing how to read is one of the most important life skills you could ever learn. When you know how to read, knowledge is at your fingertips and nothing is far from reach.

    Unfortunately for New Mexico, too many of our children are unable to read proficiently. Yet, year after year we pass them onto the next grade without blinking an eye.

  • NM needs jobs, highway repairs, but not more debt

    By John Arthur Smith

    New Mexico needs more jobs, and we need them now. That is what we hear from folks in the cafes and diners in Deming and across our state.

    It was confirmed in a recent study by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research: We are ranked one of the worst in the nation when it comes to economic and job growth – 48th of 50 states. That is a tough situation for families.

  • Winter wonderland
  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Feb. 27, 2015


    9:30 a.m. to noon —  Spanish Spelling Bee, Mora Middle School

    PARCC testing at Mora Schools

    3:30 to 4:30 p.m. —  Technology committee meeting, high school library


    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers with coffee and milk served daily.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Tapaderos: Those funny-looking stirrup covers

    I was surprised to see the host of Antiques Roadshow, Mark Wahlberg, introduce a recent segment by riding a horse, no less. He also visited a museum where valuable old Mexican saddles were on exhibit.

    It is easy for me to think that everybody knows how and why a saddle works the way it does. It is built to protect both the horse and the rider and when used properly can save a lot of problems, from the saddle sores on the horses back to a real wreck when a cinch breaks and the riders and saddle land on the ground.

  • Noticias - Feb. 27, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Ambercare is looking for exceptional people for volunteers, who are 18 years of age or older, with a tremendous capacity for caring to offer their services as a hospice volunteer. Hospice volunteers may read to a patient, take a walk, hold a hand when needed, play games or simply listen and provide companionship. If you would like to volunteer, contact local Ambercare Volunteer Coordinator, Diane Ortiz at 426-5898.

  • Samaritan House fundraiser Saturday

    United World College-USA is giving back to the community once again. On Saturday, the college will host a community fundraiser “The Big Gala” to benefit Samaritan House. The event scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Montezuma Castle ballroom on the campus will include an international cuisine, special activities, a silent auction and a cultural performance.

    All proceeds from the event will donated to the local Samaritan House in support of its mission to provide food and shelter to homeless and people in the community.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 27, 2015

    • The Natural Resources Conservation Service office is currently taking applications for the 2015 Conservation Stewardship Program. The deadline to apply is Feb. 27. Applications may be picked up at the local NRCS office at 1927A Seventh St. in Las Vegas, Mora NRCS Office, 523 State Highway 518 in Mora, or online at www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted or call the Las Vegas office at 425-3594 ext. 3 or the Mora office at 575-387-2424 ext. 3 for more information.