Today's News

  • 2 locals graduating from med school

    Las Vegas Optic

    Two West Las Vegas alumni  are graduating Saturday from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

    Jesus Tafoya, 29, and Francheska Sevyllyn Gurulé, 23, have completed medical school and been accepted into residency programs in Texas and California, respectively.

    Tafoya, the son of Albert and Helen Tafoya, is a 2003 graduate of West Las Vegas. He got his undergraduate degree from Highlands University in 2009.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 9, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State workers
    may get raise

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says most state workers will receive hourly pay raises from 13 cents to 50 cents to resolve a union contract dispute.
    Risk Management Director A. J. Forte told the Legislative Finance Committee on Wednesday that salaries would be adjusted in June to reflect what employees should have been paid nearly six years ago.

  • Jail Log - May 9, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 28 and May 5:
    Jerry Martinez, 37,  failure to appear, probation violation: failure to report bench warrant SM Magistrate/Adult Probation Office 
    Barbra Bailey, 32, probation violation: seven-day sanction
    Ernestine Gonzales, 32, seven-day commitment
    Leonard Lucero, 40, aggravated burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, theft of a credit card, bench warrant SM Magistrate /Guadalupe/Curry

  • High Achiever
  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - may 9, 2014

    Congratulations to the Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico for raising $853,001.94 from 7,799 donors through its inaugural Give Grande New Mexico campaign. Among the 409 nonprofits receiving donations during this 24-hour online fundraising event were several from San Miguel and Mora counties. Indeed, MainStreet de Las Vegas raised $10,055 through the campaign. It came in 14th on the list of top fundraisers.


  • Letters to the Editor

    Acequia system must be preserved
    In “Another Perspective: Acequias Important to Area,” (Las Vegas Optic, May 5), writer Ray Gallegos clearly articulates the necessity of preserving and maintaining the acequia system within our community. We believe that it is vitally important to support and maintain the “agricultural subsistence farming segment of our population.”

  • Nuestra Historia -

    By Jesus Lopez

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Optic on Feb. 26, 2011.

    It has been two months since our first column, and many Optic readers have contacted us with questions and comments. One continuing question is why Las Vegas and New Mexico history is alternately referred to as Spanish and Mexican.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 9, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Gazette on budding energy initiatives (May 2):

    Extreme environmental activists would inadvertently cost Colorado tens of thousands of jobs and destroy the economy. They are circulating petitions to put 12 questions on the November ballot that would each amend the Colorado Constitution in a manner to erode private property rights and the ability of businesses to survive.

  • NM oil boom causing issues

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — The oil field trucks and big rigs rumble through morning and night, creating a first-ever rush hour in this otherwise sleepy 1960s-era tourist and mining town. Hotel rooms along the clogged two-lane highway are mostly booked, some of them fetching nightly rates that rival those in Manhattan.

  • The study of anacondas

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Four New Mexico Highlands University students joined their biology professors on a two-week research expedition deep in the Venezuelan Llanos to study anacondas and other tropical wildlife.

    In April, biology professors Jesús Rivas and Sarah Corey-Rivas took Lisa McBride, Justin Saiz, Steven Salinas, and Rose Peralta on an unforgettable journey of scientific inquiry into the Llanos, a vast tropical grassland plain that floods seasonally, creating the second-largest wetland in the world.