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Today's News

  • HPWA is awarded workshop

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, managed by Project for Public Spaces, has announced that Las Vegas, N.M., with help from the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance was selected to host a rural design technical workshop later this year.

  • Chen named Highlands Professor of the Year

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University has named marketing professor Chien-Chung Chen Professor of the Year for 2017-18.

    Each spring an independent selection committee composed of students, faculty and staff reviews the nominations for Professor of the Year and selects a winner.

    Joshlyn Simasingh is a Highlands MBA candidate who will complete her degree in July 2018 and is awaiting final acceptance to two law schools. She nominated Chen for Professor of the Year.

  • Finally, the world was saved today

    On a small busy cobblestone street I walked by a girl wearing a T-shirt reading “I SAVED THE WORLD TODAY.”

    I didn’t want to impose on her so I didn’t say anything to her as she passed, but I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to get a picture of her.

  • Don’t gloat about not being tech-savvy

    So you can’t seem to operate a tablet computer very efficiently — so what? No one, hopefully, is going to include that ineptitude on your headstone.

    No one is judging those who aren’t necessarily sharp or proficient with office and/or personal technology devices. However, it’s time for those who describe themselves this way to stop bragging about it.

  • Protecting Mora County from fracking — still

    After years of debate over how to best protect our land and water, Mora County has completed a draft of an oil and gas ordinance and is asking the community to provide feedback.

    Modeled on the ordinances adopted by Santa Fe and San Miguel Counties, the Mora draft ordinance is intended to protect the people and natural resources of Mora County from the negative impacts of oil and gas drilling through a strong regulatory framework.

    During the next few weeks, the public will have opportunities to submit written or oral comments to the Mora County Commission.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, May 20, 2018.

  • San Miguel County Sheriff candidate questionnaires, June 2018 primary

    Here are responses from three of the four Democratic Party candidates for San Miguel County Sheriff in the June 5 primary. Sheriff Gary Gold  is retiring; there is no incumbent. The Optic will publish the response from candidate Tony A. Valdez once received. No candidates from other parties filed to run in the June 5 primary. Read the Optic in the weeks ahead to see other primary candidate replies.

    THEO CARR

    Age: 57.

  • Review: Artists connect Americans with the French

    What a balmy April evening in which to revel in a concert at the Plaza Hotel.

    With Ron Maltais, we expect professionalism and passion, and we were delighted that the renowned Mary Kay Robinson joined him on flute. Since their program was mainly composed by students of the formidable Nadia Boulanger, we were truly treated to a French connection.

    Did Ron know Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron would be in Les États-Unis this week? Peut-être, but I digress.

  • Mario picks 'Pokes

    It’s been a productive spring semester for Pecos senior Mario Archuleta, who’s working his way through quite the to-do list.

    Pass the 2,000 points mark, career scoring, for the Panther basketball team?

    Check.

  • Fifteen locals all-district in baseball, softball

    Ten Robertson student-athletes and five from West Las Vegas are among the all-district honorees in baseball and softball for District 2-4A this spring.

    Robertson’s Rick Armijo and Michael Quintana were named district coaches of the year in baseball and softball, respectively, after leading their teams to 2-4A championships and state tournament runs.