Today's News

  • Baseline water testing done for San Miguel County

    Submitted to the Optic

    San Miguel County recently became the second county in the US to perform proactive baseline water testing in defense against oil and natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

    Mora County was the first county to complete such testing in 2010.  These tests included sampling for 14 water wells, which included private wells and mutual domestic water consumers associations in the Las Vegas Basin, Mora County.

  • State moves ahead with teacher eval system

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans to move forward with implementation of its teacher evaluation system despite opposition from some teachers and Democratic lawmakers.

    Two state senators had asked Public Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera for more time to acclimate to the new rating system. But the administration signaled this week it will not budge, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Saturday.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 18, 2013

    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District monthly board meeting, 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the U.S. Forest Service building on Seventh Street. For more information, call 425-9088.
    • Free showing of the documentary “Made in New Mexico,” 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the new NMHU Student Union Building theater. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Pam Resendiz at 505-243-6529.


  • La Llorona story topic of Thursday’s presentation

    Submitted to the Optic

    La Llorona is a story that the old ones have been telling to children for hundreds of years. It is a sad tale, but it lives strong in the memories of the people, and there are many who swear that it is true.  

    The famous ghost of Spanish Folklore is a widespread legend in North and South America is known throughout the world for her chilling cries as she searches for her loved ones.

  • Noticias - Nov. 18, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • Let’s solidify requirements

    Five years after state lawmakers passed legislation that mandates graduation standards for high school students, there’s still confusion about exactly what the new standards are.

    Indeed, superintendents from around the state worry that the changes could prevent thousands of students from graduating, according to The Associated Press. The concerns have prompted the state Public Education Department to delay enforcement of the new rules, allowing school district’s to come up with their own graduation requirements for the current school year.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 18, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Fund schools adequately

    By Felix Alderete

    For the Optic

  • All together now

    At least for one memorable weekend, Mary Bustos accomplished what many before her have tried with little success: bringing the entire Las Vegas community together as one.

    As the late coach’s West Las Vegas Lady Dons soldiered bravely onward in the Class 3A state volleyball tournament without her on the sidelines, an outpouring of support from throughout the city and all across the state rose to greet them.

  • Mustangs toss Cowboys

    Five Cowboy turnovers took the team’s prolific offense off the field, and Western New Mexico took the Warrior Helmet off their mantle.

    WNMU conquered New Mexico Highlands 43-14 on Saturday afternoon in Silver City, bringing a close to the 2013 schedule for both instate rivals.

    The Cowboys finished a disappointing campaign with an eighth consecutive loss to follow a solid 2-1 start. NMHU is 2-9 overall and 1-8 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.