Today's News

  • Area man accused of rape

    A 62-year-old Mora County man accused of sexually assaulting another man was released from the San Miguel County Detention Center last week.

    Jason Brunson was released from jail on Nov. 26 after posting an appearance bond, according to online court records.

    He is facing charges of first-degree criminal sexual penetration, fourth-degree false imprisonment, a misdemeanor count of aggravated battery and a petty misdemeanor count of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

  • With all the fixings
  • Decking the Halls - Holiday Home Tour set for Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The holidays are fast approaching. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than to go on the Holiday Home Tour?

    The tour will be from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday. Homes on both sides of the river will be beautifully decorated for the season and will be ready to welcome visitors.  

    The tour includes two homes on the historic west side of Las Vegas, and five homes in “New Town.”

    This is the 12th anniversary of the tour organized by Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation.

  • Faulty motor forces school evacuation

    Students at Paul D. Henry Elementary got a short break on Monday morning after the school’s integrated fire system sounded.

    City of Las Vegas Fire Chief Philip Mares said an overheated heater motor caused the system to alarm. He stressed that no students were in danger, adding that they were evacuated safely.

  • Game spurs change in parade route

    With throngs of people expected to pack Cardinal Stadium for the state championship football game on Saturday, organizers of the  annual Electric Light Parade are making a slight change to the parade route.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 4, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Dec. 3 — Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals starting guard Lawrence Sandoval was the only area football player named to the Class AA North All-Star team. Class AA football champion Highland High School in Albuquerque, dominated the selections, with eight members being selected. Other teams placing at least one player on the all-star squad include Robertson, Santa Fe, Kirtland Central, Tucumcari, Belen, Farmington and Santa Fe St. Michael’s.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 4, 2013

    Code Talker to be in Vegas Saturday
    Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 Navajo code talkers, will be in Las Vegas at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom. He will answer questions about his experiences in World War II and his role in developing the code that was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in the South Pacific. Judith Avila, co-author of his memoir, will also give a presentation.

  • Weather - Dec. 4, 2013

    Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Snow likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 17. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

    Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 17. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. A 40 percent chance of snow at night. Cloudy, with a low around 6.


  • Another bizarre twist

    We are troubled by the revelation last week that the state Human Services Department altered a behavioral health audit report to remove a conclusion that auditors found “no credible allegations of fraud” in a review of 15 providers under investigation.

    State Auditor Hector Balderas stumbled onto the alteration recently while comparing the audit report he was given with a heavily redacted audit report released last month by Attorney General Gary King.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 4, 2013