Today's News

  • Mora captures first state baseball title

    ALBUQUERQUE -- For the first time in school history, Mora is state champion in baseball.

    The Rangers (19-4) knocked off No. 1 seed Mesilla Valley Christian 12-2 in five innings Friday morning at Isotopes Park to capture the Class 1A-2A title.

  • State track: Coca sweeps distance events, Ortiz defends titles

    ALBUQUERQUE -- Miguel Coca has become Citizen Coca.

    As the West Las Vegas senior celebrated his third first-place medal in this past weekend’s state track and field championships, he paid tribute to his hometown.

    “My senior year,” he said, “I had to represent West Las Vegas – and Las Vegas,” using his thumbs to hook either side of his jersey so the “Dons” name stuck out like the “S” on Superman’s uniform. “Both West and Robertson, we tried to represent Las Vegas. We did what we could.”

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, May 13, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 2 and May 9, 2018.

    Phillip E. Sweeney, (2) Bench Warrants, Fta/Ftp.

    Ray Montano, Bench Warrant Fta/Ftp.

    Lanette M. Romero, Bench Warrant Fta/Ftp.

    Euligio Maestas, Bench Warrant Fta/Ftp.

    Irene T. Taylor, Driving Under The Influence Of Liquor (Impaired, first offense).

    Carlos Gallegos, Resisting Arrest.

  • Student appreciates dedicated instructors

    Luna Community College
    Sandra Maria Garcia was born in Las Vegas, graduated from West Las Vegas High School in 2016 and looks forward to one day earning her degree from Luna Community College.

    As many people seem to be gravitating to other cities and other colleges and universities, Garcia does not consider herself a rebel — rather she describes herself as a good kid and refuses to give up on Las Vegas and northern New Mexico.

  • There is something special about a mother

    By Rick Kraft

    There is just something special about mothers that is hard to fully explain.

    It involves emotions and generally gratitude for the sacrifices they make. I learned to appreciate my mother more when I first-hand experienced the birth and raising of my children. My mother invested so much of her life in me and my sisters and brother.

  • Our questions for graduates

    Lots of advice is dished out to American high school, college and trade-school graduates in May and June. The Optic offers not suggestions, but questions.

    OK, maybe one suggestion, first: Listen to Baz Luhmann’s “Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen,” which can be found here: bit.ly/1ltvPvh.

  • District 40 forum highlights candidate and community similarities, differences

    "Heck, yes," said Barney Trujillo in response to one of the final questions of the May 7 candidate forum for New Mexico  House of Representatives  District 40 forum in Mora.

    The Chimayó resident found common ground with the only opponent of his who was there, Paula Garcia of Mora, but there were noted contrasts on important issues, such as committing to not creating new taxes.

  • One destination

    By Gwen Albers, Las Vegas Optic

    Taylor Doke figured she’d never leave her native Kentucky to go to college.

  • In my mother's mirror

    By Beth Urech

    I was with my mother when she took her very last breath. It was fitting; she was with me when I took my first.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, May 13, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Sunday, May 13, 2017.