Today's News

  • Novel experience for kids - DNA lesson for Sapello students

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Students from Mike Mateo Sena Elementary in Sapello learned about their own DNA April 15 under New Mexico Highlands University biology professor Carol Linder’s tutelage.

    Linder, a cell and reproductive biology scientist, gave the fourth and fifth graders a tour of her Reproductive Biology Laboratory before teaching them a DNA lesson, including isolating their own DNA from swabbing cheek cells.

  • New facility unveiled for BHI

    Mary Martinez had a very special day earlier this week. The now 92-year-old celebrated her birthday with a grand affair: She participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of Phase 2 of the Meadows Nursing Home facility at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

    Earlier that day, the former Harvey Girl’s workplace Castañeda Hotel’s new owners had a community celebration in honor of their purchase and future renovation of the former Harvey House.

  • Recordings surface in governor race

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrats called Wednesday for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.

  • Town hall yields water recommendations

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Hundreds of New Mexico officials, business leaders and others finished hashing out recommendations Wednesday for improving the way the drought-stricken state uses its water and plans for the future.

    They’re calling for more sharing agreements to stretch meager water supplies through dry times and changes in the law to better balance the water needs of people with endangered species.

  • Jail Log - April 18, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 4 and April 14:
    Dion Maes, 46, FTA BHH bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Peter Griego, 39, adult probation office warrant: failure to report
    Michael Romero, 20, adult probation office warrant  
    Stella Martinez , 31, adult probation office violation
    Jason Lopez, 40, BHM/aggravated BHM/interference with communications/intimidation of a witness bench warrant SM Magistrate

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 18, 2014

    City of Las Vegas departments and 132 volunteers collected 260 bags of trash from April 7 to April 13. It was part of the latest Keep Las Vegas Beautiful event coordinated by city employee Diego Trujillo. In all, city employees and volunteers collected 34,575 pounds of trash during the week. That’s quite an accomplishment. But there’s more work to be done. So let’s each roll up our sleeves and get to work cleaning up our own yards and streets.


  • Editorial Cartoon - April 18, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas is born

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Even before 1835, farmers and ranchers from San Miguel had raised crops and grazed livestock on the lush meadows along the Rio Gallinas. And as related in our last column, Luis María Cabeza de Baca and his family had settled las vegas as early as 1820.

  • Highlands media arts grads to showcase work

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A record number of 15 New Mexico Highlands University graduating media arts BFA students will present their work in a show, with the opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the media arts building on the NMHU campus at 901 University Ave.

    The exhibition is from Tuesday, April 22 to Friday, April 25 in both wings of the Media Arts Building.

    Media arts professor Miriam Langer’s advanced media projectclass planned the BFA show.

  • Que Pasa - April 18, 2014

    • San Miguel County Offices will be closed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday. Offices will reopen on Monday, April 21.
    • The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed on Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday.
    • The City Transfer Station will be closed on Friday, April 18 due to the Good Friday holiday. If you have any questions, call 426-3217.