Local News

  • 2 facing exploitation charges

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic
    Two Las Vegas women are facing several felony charges for allegedly coercing a 13-year-old girl to film herself performing a sex act on herself.
    Melissa Gallegos, 36, and Miranda Duran, 20, both of the 600 block of 12th street, were arrested earlier this month and are both facing identical charges: sexual exploitation of a child, a third-degree felony, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, fourth-degree felonies. Both bonded out of jail last week.

  • Reps. want funding restored

    Two members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are asking the U.S. Department of Education to reconsider the application submitted by New Mexico Highlands University for a grant that the university had been using to provide support services to low-income and first-generation students for more than four decades.

  • A note to our readers

    Dear Readers,

    The Optic will be implementing a number of changes in the coming days and weeks, including a shift in our publication schedule.
    We will continue to publish three editions a week, but we are eliminating our Monday paper and replacing it with a Sunday edition. Today’s edition will be the last Monday edition we publish. Our first Sunday paper will be our Sept. 6 edition.

  • Second Invitational NM Painters Exhibition opens Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    Sunlight shimmers through the glowing yellow Aspen leaves against a deep-blue New Mexico sky in John Hogan’s painting Aspen Tree, Autumn Sun. A halo of swirling bees crowns the head of a young brown-eyed woman in Lea Bradovich’s painting Beehaloed. An Apache butterfly dancer in traditional ceremonial clothing spreads her arms like wings poised for flight in Kim Reed-Deemer’s painting Wind.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 31, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Sept. 1 — Jim Maldonado, a Highlands University journalism major, took over today as Las Vegas Daily Optic sports editor and Bill Magill, Optic sports editor for five years, has been reassigned as city editor and photographer. Magill has been chief photographer as well as sports editor for five years. During that time he was assisted in the photography department by LeRoy Segura, a Highlands University student. Segura was graduated from Highlands this summer and has accepted a teaching position

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 31, 2015

    Benefit Breakfast
    A benefit breakfast buffet style meal will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Masonic Building at 518 Douglas. Tickets are $10 per person. This month’s breakfast benefits Masonic scholarships, and the Robertson High School cheerleader squad and the school’s dance team.

  • Lawmaker proposes fix for bail system

    By Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico lawmaker called the state’s bail system “broken” Thursday as he announced he would introduce a proposed constitutional amendment for reform in the upcoming legislative session that starts in January.

  • Richardson: Keep MOX project going

    By Meg Kinnard
    The Associated Press
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson wants the Obama administration to keep alive a South Carolina project to turn weapons-grade materials into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.
    In a letter dated Aug. 21 to Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and obtained by The Associated Press this week, Richardson said the mixed-oxide fuel project under construction at the Savannah River Site is the best way to fulfill an agreement with Russia. Richardson oversaw the deal as energy secretary in 2000.

  • In Brief- Aug. 31, 2015

    The Associated Press
    ‘Magnificent Seven’ to film here
    A remake of the “The Magnificent Seven” starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt will be filming throughout New Mexico.
    New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis said Thursday that the production will employ at least 275 New Mexico crew members, nine New Mexico actors and around 60 local background talent.
    Maniatis did not say when production would start or in what cities they would be shooting.

  • Scratcher tickets help boost lottery sales

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    The New Mexico Lottery has managed to grow its overall sales in the face of industry-wide trends that have seen ticket sales for big jackpot games such as Powerball and Mega Millions take a nose dive, the state’s top lottery chief said Wednesday.