Today's News

  • Poor results for LV teachers

    The results are in, and they’re not pretty.

    Data provided to state lawmakers Wednesday during a joint meeting of the Legislative Finance Committee and Legislative Education Study Committee reveal that Las Vegas teachers performed poorly in the recently revamped teacher evaluation system.

    Statewide, three-fourths of New Mexico’s teachers were rated as effective or better. Las Vegas teachers didn’t come close to reaching that percentage.

  • Senior profile - Ruth Fort

    By Lupita Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Imagine the verve (in the sense of animation) which has characterized this amazing individual who began life in rural Pennsylvania 91 years ago and has followed her dreams of serving humankind!

    Such is the combined ingenuity and devotion to her dream that brought Ruth McFate Fort to Northern New Mexico.

  • Lovato trial set for September

    The Las Vegas teen charged in the fatal April 2013 crash that left two girls dead is set to go on trial on Sept. 15 in state District Court in Las Vegas.

    Wayne Lovato, 19, was just days away from his 18th birthday when the rollover occurred on the morning of April 6, 2013. He has been charged as a youthful offender, which means that if he is convicted, he could face up to 72-1/2 years in prison.

  • Bean Day, Millfest on tap for weekend

    Mora County will be buzzing with activity this Labor Day weekend. In the eastern part of the county, the 104th Bean Day celebration will take place in Wagon Mound starting Friday evening and ending Monday afternoon. Cleveland Roller Mill Museum will once again host their annual Cleveland Millfest on Saturday and Sunday, just north of Mora. Both events are open to the public and feature many activities for the whole family.

  • FYI - Aug. 29

    State police will be conducting DWI checkpoints in San Miguel and Mora counties during the Labor Day weekend. State police will also be conducting multiple DWI saturation patrols, random driver’s license and registration checkpoints as well as speed enforcement and occupant restraint enforcement projects. Several of these efforts will be focused around the Bean Day activities in Wagon Mound.

  • Survey: Increase in Piñon, Juniper

    The Associated Press

    Good news for pine nut lovers. Not so good for allergy sufferers.

    A five-year inventory of New Mexico’s forested lands shows positive growth rates among the state’s most important piñon and juniper species. However, other trees in the drought-stricken state have struggled more in recent years.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 29, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 14 and Aug. 25:
    Christopher Manzanares, 33, suspended/revoked driver’s license
    Patrick Gonzales, 25, 90- day commitment
    Jose Urban, 34, positive UA
    Dale Benavidez, 36, DWI, probation violation
    Luis Muñoz, 25, DWI
    Adrian Gallegos, 44, DWI
    Francisco Hurtado, 50, 15- day commitment
    Anthony Flores, 52, larceny, commercial burglary, criminal trespass/failure to appear, bench warrant, SF Magistrate/SM Magistrate

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 29, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - Aug. 29, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, Aug. 31, 1964 — What appears to have been a thriving bicycle theft ring in Las Vegas was broken up by City Police over the weekend. The first clue to the identity of the thieves came when a local woman recognized part of her son’s bike being ridden past her house by a girl. Police were called and after questioning a number of children finally found three boys, ages 16, 13 and 16, who admitted stealing the bicycles.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 29, 2014

    104th annual Bean Day celebration

    104th Bean Day Celebration begins Friday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m. bean cleaning party; and 7 p.m. street dance both at the Wagon Mound Fire House. The following days will include a car show, rodeos, a dance and free meal.