Today's News

  • Fort Union volunteer wins prestigious award

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Fort Union National Monument volunteer Mitch Barker has taken home the prestigious National Park Service regional George and Helen Hartzog Award.

    Each year the award goes to a national park volunteer “who gives of his or her skills, talents, and time beyond the normal call of duty.”

  • School board awards

    Alice L. Wagoner/Optic photo
    The recipients of the New Mexico School Boards Association Excellence in Student Achievement award are Christina Lovato, Evangeline Griego, and Michael Lopez.

    The three West Las Vegas High School seniors were recognized during the May 14 WLV Schools Board of education meeting.

  • Sworn in as Councilor

    Courtesy of City of Las Vegas
    David Ulibarri, Jr. raises his right hand during an April 20 ceremony in which he took the oath of office as a Las Vegas City Councilor.

    Ulibarri was initially chosen by Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron to represent Ward 1 on the Council when she won election as mayor in 2016 and was elected to what will be his first full term in this spring's regular elections.

    Ulibarri is joined in this photo by his sister, Irene Ulibarri, a witness, along with his choice to swear him in, Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo. 

  • City announces ‘Stage 0’ water restrictions

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    In a news release sent out Wednesday, the City of Las Vegas announced “Stage Zero” water restrictions have gone into effect.
    Here are some of the provisions:

    • Even-numbered addresses can water outdoors on even numbered calendar days.

    • Odd-numbered addresses can water outdoors on odd numbered calendar days.

    • Irrigation is allowed only from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    • Sprinklers shall be shut off during rainy and windy events.

  • Becoming U.S. citizens

    Theresa Wesner photos/For the Optic

    A swearing-in ceremony was held recently at Fort Union National Monument for Americans who have completed the entire process to become U.S. citizens.

    Glen Osburn, of the United Kingdom,was one of those sworn in. He was joined by several supporters, including his wife, Christina Hall Osburn and Thomas Grasser, a 93-year-old  World War II veteran.

  • Noticias, Friday, May 25, 2018

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

  • Thumbs: Our high-country lowdown on the news, May 25, 2018


    Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón seemed to have a point in delaying the appointment of permanent replacements for the city directors after several vacancies arose within the past six months. However, those delays were only meant to take into account Council seat changes from the March 6 election.

  • Brotherly banter and what families do

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ah, family. Two dozen of them on this night, at a housewarming for my daughter and son-in-law Amy and Jae in their new home.

    Having a big family is such a blessing. And, sometimes, a burden.
    There he is, my brother Don, being himself. He’s my socially stunted and politically incorrect brother, who’s also a father, grandfather and licensed psychiatrist with an opinion on everything. He can be insulting and offensive and overbearing in his conversations with people.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 25, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 25, 2018.

  • Go Fish: Friday, May 25

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.