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Today's News

  • Pecos 17-year-old killed in wreck

    According to the New Mexico State Police, a 17-year-old from Pecos was killed early Saturday morning in a rollover wreck.

  • Fascinating Fort

    Submitted to the Optic

    WATROUS — Fort Union National Monument announces its annual Fort Union Days Event to be held on June 15 and 17, 2018.

    A reception and registration will be held Thursday, June 14 at the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation, 116 Bridge St, in Las Vegas, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Friday, June 15, the monument’s partners, the Friends of Fort Union, will be hosting “Martinez Family Heritage Day,”paying tribute to one of the families that is a huge part of the region’s history.

  • District will likely have at least one new administrator in 2018-19

    During phone calls to various Las Vegas City Schools campus locations in the second semester of the 2017-18 school year, asking for whomever is fulfilling certain roles was met with a long, silent pause.

    Superintendent Kelt Cooper clarified this week some of his plan for staffing and filling some City Schools positions for 2018-19, especially at the administrative level.

    “We’ve had a lot of chaos,” Cooper said. “It’s time to slow things down. The public and students and staff have had to digest a lot of changes.”

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, June 10, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 30 and June 6, 2018:

  • WLV grad one of only 28 in N.M. to secure scholarship

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — Comcast  NBC/Universal today announced that it has awarded $37,000 in scholarships for the 2018-19 school year to 28 New Mexico students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.

    The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, recognizes the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.

  • Smiling standout

    Robertson High School’s Nico Fulgenzi, who helped earn a runner-up doubles trophy at last month’s Class 1A/4A state championships in Albuquerque.

    He held up a trophy while representing the boys tennis team at the May 17 Las Vegas City Schools board meeting; other players were absent.

  • What was said in all those unrecorded grad speeches?

    This column was originally published in 2012.

    Unless one lives up on Hermit’s Peak as the hermit did so long ago, one can’t help but be aware that graduation time is here.

    Yes, I can say I have been there and done that a couple of times.
    I graduated from Robertson High School in 1950, and four years later from Highlands University, right here in Las  Vegas.

  • Rubber-duck race at NMHU swimming pool Friday

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Rubber ducks will be swimming the waters of the Highlands University swimming pool Friday, June 15, to raise money for student success.

    Meet at 11 a.m. at the university’s swimming pool in its natatorium at 908 Baca Ave. to cheer for your little ducky in the race.

    “The duck race is a fun way to show off our facilities, stay cool in the summer, and raise money for student scholarships and important university programs,” said Juli Salman, Alumni Office director.

  • Adding value when you walk into a room

    Do you add value when you walk into a room?

    Think about this. When you enter a room do you add or subtract from what is happening in the room? When you leave the room what do you leave behind?
    This question can apply to countless interactions including with your family, those you work with, your faith family, organizations you belong to, and activities you participate in.

  • Richie Cole helps launch Las Vegas ‘music ops’

    Get out your dancing shoes and your swing skirt. Richie Cole is heading back to Las Vegas. A year ago, he and his Alto Madness Band played to a sold-out crowd.

    As Bill Anderle testified, “There was a lilt in the audience. We were all transported into a joyful event which swept away the trials and tribulations of the last couple of months.”

    Local artist, photographer and sax player Bob Henssler was sure he’d heard Cole before. In the late 1960’s when Bob was in the Marines, he would head to the Boston USO when he was at liberty.