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Today's News

  • 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:

  • Rainy days

    Storms have brought considerable rain to San Miguel and Mora counties this week, including this section of Cinder Road on Tuesday. For several weeks, rainfall has pooled where the streets meet, causing treacherous conditions. The intersection is near the Gallinas River.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — Aug. 27 to Aug. 31, 2018

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers,
    with 2 percent milk served with all meals. Here are the menus for the week of Aug. 27-31.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, August 26, 2018

    Sunday, Aug. 26
    Pecos National Historical Park will offer a free ranger-led tour of the seldom-seen Arrowhead Pueblo. This one-mile (round-trip) visit will explore the 14th century pueblo’s 100-plus-room ruin. Visitors interested in the tour are required to reserve a spot, as space is limited. Attendees will meet at the Visitor Center at 1 p.m. and caravan to the trailhead with the ranger. For information and to make reservations, contact the Pecos NHP at 505-757-7241.

    Thursday, Aug. 30

  • Noticias, Sunday, August 26, 2018
    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.
    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m.  New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.
  • Living through the gift of reading

    The month of August flies by and I note the hummingbirds are now on their way back to the south and warmer climates for the winter. The two cups of nectar I just mixed up and poured into their feeders won’t last long, even with the multitude of high mountain flowers blooming here now. Wow! They surely are tough tiny birds.

    My parents taught sweet brother Bill and me to do more than just goof off or dream our summer away. We were expected to read magazines and books, or course. This was before television days — back in the 1940s, no less.

  • Passing wisdom to the next generation

    “You just don’t understand!” Have you ever heard these words? Have you ever said these words?

    They arise out of a situation where one person is trying to get a predetermined response from another, but is failing to win the other person over. Typically, the person speaking is trying to explain why the other person has a wrong view of the issue being discussed.

    Another way of saying this is the person using this phrase is sharing a world view from his or her life and is not getting the support desired from another.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, August 26, 2018
  • Hollywood’s long con on New Mexico taxpayers

    Enjoying the new season of “Better Call Saul”? If not, you should be — you’re paying for it.
    Annually, New Mexico’s taxpayers spend $50 million to “incentivize” film and television production in their state. Unfortunately, after shoveling more than half a billion dollars Hollywood’s way over the years, the Land of Enchantment has little to show for its generosity.

    The payoff from “investment” in the entertainment industry is dismal.