Today's News

  • 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.

  • State champs! Mora takes 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.

    Mora’s win made it official — there’s room for more than just basketball in the hoops-happy community. In truth, others have made that statement in recent times. Natalia Marrujo, now competing at NMHU, won an individual state cross country championship two years ago.

  • Council adds items to agenda for upcoming meeting

    While the Las Vegas City Council was able to use last week's work session to add items to the consent agenda for this week's regular council meeting, the work session clearly highlighted how tension between Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón and three of the four councilors affects communication within meetings.

  • The French Connection

    By Beth Urech, Special to the Optic

    Christian Mayeur first visited the Land of Enchantment in the 1990s

    “I wouldn’t have wanted a gallery in Santa Fe,” declares Mayeur, who, with his wife, Anne, has opened Mayeur Projects in the Romero Building, 200-202 Plaza Park.

    Mayeur continues: “We love this city with its people who welcome us with our art projects. We are French, and I am proud to say that in France and actually throughout Europe people are realizing that the real Las Vegas is the one here in New Mexico.”