Today's News

  • Art in Public Spaces: Local artists have ‘TIME installments’ spread across area

    Seven entries in San Miguel County are beneficiaries of specific New Mexico Arts in Public Places grants this year.

    Area residents and visitors can view the seven entries, all of which were installed in or near Las Vegas at the June 30 exhibit start date for Temporary Installations Made for the Environment. The TIME exhibits end Aug. 30.

    Each year, New Mexico Arts partners with a local community to commission as many as 10 temporary, visually engaging, and conceptually rich environmental artworks to be displayed for a short-term exhibition in that community.

  • Art in Public Spaces: NMHU Art Club installed ‘butterflies’ at Carnegie

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    More than 2,000 colorful biodegradable paper and sheet metal butterflies are fluttering in Las Vegas, thanks to a public art installation by the Highlands University Art Club.

    The students received a grant for the project from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Art in Public Places’ Temporary Installations Made for the Environment.

  • Charles Trujillo pleads guilty to 1 charge, gets no prison time

    According to a news release from Fourth District Attorney Richard D. Flores, Charles E. Trujillo will not receive any prison time in a plea agreement completed this week.

    Flores announced that his office and defendant Charles Trujillo entered into a plea agreement. Trujillo plead guilty to fraud, a second degree felony, in one of the three cases against him.

  • Student Service Club helps after Guatemalan volcano eruption

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University students lent a hand sweeping and shoveling volcanic ash from the streets following the deadly Fuego volcano eruptions that started June 3 in Guatemala and continued for more than a week. The students also volunteered in a residential hospital for special needs children and adults.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, July 4, 2018

    Sunday, July 8
    The Rev. Laurie Lyter Bright, Executive Director of Pilgrims of Ibillin, will make a presentation on peace and reconciliation through education agency in Israel and Palestine in the Fellowship Hall of First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas, at 12:30 p.m. A light lunch will be served at noon. There is no charge; the public is welcome to attend.

    Monday, July 9

  • America’s identity found in shared values

    This column originally published in the Optic on June 30, 2017

    When George Washington became this nation’s first president, it was a fractured nation. Even more than we are today.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, July 6, 2018


    There would be too many people to thank that helped make the 130th Fiestas de Las Vegas a fun, exciting and basically a safe and efficiently run community event. Between all the support personnel, entertainers, first-responders, organizers and volunteers, it would be tough to pick out a superstar.

    However, one group really seemed to bring the energy needed to make Fiestas an attraction for future generations of fans and Las Vegas residents and visitors.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, July 6, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, July 6, 2018.

  • Ribera woman jailed on arson charges

    A Ribera woman was jailed recently after an investigation led to charges of arson and criminal damage to property more than $1,000.

    Barbara B. Allen, 50, was taken to jail Monday after a state fire investigator determined she should receive the two felony charges based on a fire that destroyed a home in the early morning hours of June 30 on Badger Pass in Ilfeld, near San Jose.  

  • West Las Vegas Schools re-visits armed security

    West Las Vegas Schools Board of Education passed a number of important measures at its most recent board meeting.