Today's News

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Aug. 29-Sept. 1

    WEDNESDAY (Aug. 29)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 8:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • LVWGA Fiesta de Golf, TBA, Gene Torres Golf Course


    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 8:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.

  • Luna still has time —but not much

    It’s impossible to paint Luna Community College with giant brush stroke — even if the paint were to be made up of the combination of both the honey dripping off of a sopaipilla and some spoiled salsa from the back of the refrigerator.

  • Festival to showcase mill for 31st time

    Of all the summer festivals produced annually in Mora or San Miguel counties, not many take place in buildings that were designed with large, moving, internal parts.

  • Sheriff: Man showed gun during Mora Fiestas fight

    The Mora County Sheriff's Office charged two men after a fight during last month's Mora Fiestas involved a gun being visible.

    William Lujan and Jonathan Romero, now both 26, were arrested on similar charges, including bribery of a witness (threats / false testimony); conspiracy to commit aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, receiving stolen property (firearm), battery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

  • Lt. Gov. visits with Optic, mayor

    On his way to an appointment in Clayton, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez recently stopped in Las Vegas. His visits included a conversation with Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón, and, at the suggestion of his staff, met with the Optic for about 30 minutes of general questions.

  • Cards, Dons win gridiron openers

    It was a strong debut Friday night for both Meadow City high school football teams.

    At Cardinal Stadium, Robertson -- a state runner-up each of the last three seasons, vanquished Santa Fe High 39-2. Antonio Padilla scored multiple touchdowns to lead the Redbirds on a night that included a host of penalties.

    In Moriarty, West Las Vegas led much of the way en route to a big 35-14 road win. Austin Abeyta punctuated the Dons' effort with a 97-yard return for a touchdown.

  • A 108-year-old tradition

    Since 1909, the village of Wagon Mound has been celebrating its agricultural heritage and the crop that was once the pride of the local farming community: the pinto bean.

    Nowadays, few beans are grown in the area, but the village of Wagon Mound honors its past every Labor Day weekend with the Bean Day festival.

    Bean Day got its start when Higinio Gonzales and others cooked a pot of beans behind the local schoolhouse. Gonzales called the event the “Mora County Farmers Jubilee.”

  • Meeting to address hot springs concerns

    By Gwen Albers, Las Vegas Optic

    Paul Archuleta has seen things at the hot springs in Montezuma he “can’t unsee.”

    “Over the years, there’s been nudity, guys flashing themselves at young ladies and people having sex in the hot baths,” said Archuleta, the head of security for the United World College-USA, which owns the hot baths.

    Add to that list evidence of intravenous drug use, prohibited alcohol consumption, theft, disturbances and even deaths.

  • Six rising artists in Las Vegas, part 1

    By Beth Urech, Special to the Optic

    When referring to Las Vegas, New Mexico, as an “international backwater,” it is with affection.

    Even though the Santa Fe Trail runs right through town, most travelers pass the city by. Those who have set up camp here include a German jeweler, a British hotelier, a Swiss woodworker, an Estonian tax accountant, a Japanese banker and a Dutch systems engineer plus a slew of quirky and creative individuals from Maine to Mexico.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, August 26, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 15 and Aug. 22, 2018: