Today's News

  • Weather - Dec. 24, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 46. West wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Windy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. Breezy.


  • Giving back
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day closings

    Las Vegas Optic
    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed in observance of the Christmas Eve and Christmas holidays.
    City of Las Vegas — Closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26
    Trash Pickup — None on Dec. 25
    Abelino Montoya Recreation Center — Closed  Dec. 25 and Dec. 26
    Carnegie Public Library — Closed  Dec. 25 and Dec. 26
    NMDOT District 4 offices — half day Dec. 24, Closed on Dec. 25
    San Miguel County Offices — Closed  Dec. 25 and Dec. 26

  • Noticias - Dec. 24, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 24, 2014

    • No Story Time at Carnegie Library on Wednesday, Dec. 24 in the children’s area of the public library. Story Time will take place again on Wednesday, Dec. 31.
    • Annual Christmas Carol Sing-Along, 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at the Methodist Church. For more information, contact Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299.
    • The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and closed on Thursday, Dec. 25. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 26.

  • Is there a Santa Claus?

    Editor’s note: The following editorial, written by Francis Pharcellus Church, was published by The New York Sun in 1897. While it was written more than 100 years ago, we believe its message about believing in things you cannot see is as poignant today as it was in 1897, so we are reprinting the holiday classic. Merry Christmas.

    Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.
    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
    Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun it’s so.”
    Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

  • Editorial cartoon - Dec. 24, 2014
  • Work of Art: Yes, there’s also a Virginia

    When was the last time someone from another state failed to realize that we New Mexicans also live in a state? No doubt at least once you’ve been asked what the rate of exchange is for pesos and real dollars, or whether one needs a passport to enter the borders of this untamed land.

  • Four from RHS 1st team all-state

    On the heels of a senior campaign in which she led the state in scoring and captained her team to the state semifinals, Robertson’s Caitlin Diefendorf achieved all-state recognition in girls’ soccer.

    It was the third consecutive season Diefendorf has been named to the first-team all-state squad as recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She was an honorable mention as a freshman and has been a first-teamer the past three years.

  • Stu Clark tourney tips off Friday

    Las Vegas’ annual holiday hoops showcase tips off at 1 o’clock on Friday, bringing a three-day weekend of boys’ basketball to New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

    Tournament passes for each daily session are available for $12 each.