Today's News

  • Go Fish: Friday, July 13

    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.

    Catches of the week

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, July 13-16

    FRIDAY (July 13)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    • State Little League games TBA
    • State Little League games TBA


    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    • State Little League games TBA
    • State Little League games TBA

  • County Commission terminates EDC contract with Old Wood

    A complicated arrangement between a Las Vegas business and an economic development agency was changed somewhat by an action taken by the San Miguel County Commission at Tuesday's regular monthly meeting. 

  • A shorter Fiesta

    Stefani Montiel performs as the headliner July 4 at the conclusion of 2018 Fiestas de Las Vegas.

    The Fiestas ran six days this year.

    The City of Las Vegas announced the 2019 event will run Thursday through Sunday, July 4 through 7.

  • Santa Fe, Carson forests re-open

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Two national forests — including the one that overlaps San Miguel and Mora counties — lifted restrictions this week, as recent rains and the start of the monsoon season have helped to ease dry conditions and the threat of wildfire.

    The Santa Fe National Forest was expected to lift the closure order and Stage 2 fire restrictions on Monday.

  • City work session canceled

    The Las Vegas City Council’s regular monthly work session, which is typically held on the second Wednesday of each month, was canceled by Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron. Councilors were notified by email.

    No explanation was provided.

    The three items that were to be discussed at the work session will be placed on the agenda for the Council’s regular voting meeting, to be held Wednesday, July 18, 6 p.m. at City Hall.

  • Highlands officially taken off probation by HLC

    Following a successful accreditation reaffirmation by the Higher Learning Commission, New Mexico Highlands announced a new initiative Tuesday.

    As expected, the Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting organization for a large number of colleges in the central U.S.,  notified Highlands on Monday that NMHU has met the identified criteria and is removed from probation.
    Highlands has been fully accredited since 1926 and remained accredited during the probation period.

  • Noticias, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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

    • 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.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    Wednesday, July 11
    A free legal fair will be held in Highlands University’s Student Union Building, 800 National Ave., Las Vegas, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attorneys and paralegals from New Mexico Legal Aid will offer free legal advice to eligible low-income people and families who are facing legal issues involving public benefits, landlord-tenant matters, consumer rights, unemployment benefits, foreclosure, and creditor-debtor matters. For information about the event or to register, contact New Mexico Legal Aid at 505-425-3514.

  • Downing 74 hot dogs

    How can they do it? How can any person wolf down 74 wieners in the Coney Island competition held each year in the Brooklyn borough of New York

    I ask that question because even the thought of gorging oneself — with wieners or anything else — makes me queasy.

    For the uninitiated, let me explain that there are such hot-dog-eating contests in many places around the country. The best known is at Coney Island.