Today's News

  • Teacher saves choking child

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    A local fourth-grade boy is still alive because of a teacher’s quick action.  

    Last week Andres Quintana, a 10-year-old who attends Legion Park Elementary School, began to turn blue while choking on a plastic seal from a water bottle.

    Teacher Jessica Gutierrez recognized the emergency and swiftly performed the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging the object and saving Quintana’s life.  

  • Bear invasion - Sightings becoming frequent

    An uninvited guest has been visiting John Vigil and his family almost nightly for nearly a month. Vigil said a black bear has been coming to his neighborhood near the Plaza in search of food.

    Ty Jackson of the New Mexico Game and Fish department said sightings of black bears in Las Vegas are far too common lately. Jackson said the department has responded to 30 incidents from Las Vegas to Pecos regarding black bears since Aug. 20.

  • ‘River of tires’ cleaned up ahead of schedule

    The more than 160,000 scrap tires that had been dumped on state trust land southeast of Wagon Mound have been removed, state Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced Tuesday.

    Cleanup of the site was required under a global settlement agreement reached in March between the Land Office and Kansas Equity Investments and Daniels Ranches. Removal of the tires occurred two months ahead of schedule.

  • Duncan kicks off back-to-school tour

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off a four-state, back-to-school bus tour in New Mexico on Monday with discussions about early childhood education and efforts to turn around schools where students have been languishing.

    Duncan told a crowd of school officials, teachers, parents and union leaders that the country is at a fork in the road.

  • A weighty matter
  • Looking Back - Sept. 11, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Sept. 6 — The board of directors of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce is calling for applications from a dynamic, aggressive, talented man for secretary-manager of the Chamber of Commerce. At a special meeting last night made necessary by the resignation of Frank Norris, it was agreed that a full-time manager would be hired on a trial basis. It is the aim of the present board to revitalize and reactivate the Chamber of Commerce, which has already lost members during recent years.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 11, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo” by Jonathan Allen. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Sept. 11, 2013

    Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 70. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Showers and thunderstorms at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Low around 54. South wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.


  • Talking diplomacy in Syria, Obama goes to Congress

    By Donna Cassata and  Nancy Benac
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Pushing military might and raising hopes it won’t be needed, President Barack Obama threw his support Tuesday behind a plan for U.N. Security Council talks aimed at securing Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles, even as he pushed the fallback idea of U.S. airstrikes against Bashar Assad’s regime if that effort fails.

  • Unique cooking contest Saturday at SolanoFest

    Submitted to the Optic

    A unique cooking contest will take place Saturday at this year’s annual Solano Fest. Held annually at the Solano School Gymnasium in Harding County. SolanoFest IX brings together Dutch Oven Cooking contenders vying for top prizes in categories of bread, desserts and side dishes.