Local News

  • School chief search progresses

    The process of selecting the next superintendent at Las Vegas City Schools has been set. During a board meeting late last week the board agreed to qualifications for next superintendent as well as the time line for the process.

    The board hired New Mexico School Boards Association Superintendent Search Service Chief Consultant Dan Patterson to guide them in the superintendent selection process. The person selected will replace outgoing superintendent Ruben Cordova who announced his resignation late last month. His resignation becomes effective at the end of April.

  • Getting their groove on
  • Thrift store volunteer charged in theft

    A 34-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with commercial burglary and tampering with evidence, both fourth-degree felonies, for allegedly stealing several boxes of clothing from the Zoe Thrift Store.

    Joshua Bustos, who resides on the 1000 block of Union Street, was a volunteer at the thrift store. He was arrested by Las Vegas police on Friday.

    The theft was discovered and reported to police on Jan. 3.

    According to a probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday:

  • AG: No fraud found with 10 providers

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/node/add/newsTen nonprofits that had provided behavioral health services to needy New Mexicans were cleared Monday of fraud allegations as part of an investigation by the attorney general’s office, but state officials maintain there was still public money that was misspent.

  • NM lawmakers well compensated

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers were paid a combined $2.3 million last year for expenses, travel and other costs in what marked a 25 percent increase over the previous comparable legislative session.

    New Mexico is the only state in the nation where lawmakers receive no salary for their work, but taxpayers foot the bill for their mileage, meals and travel and other work expenses.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 10, 2016

    New mental health hospital pushed

    LAS CRUCES — A new report recommends adding 30 new hospital beds in southern New Mexico for adults with severe mental illness.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the study recommends partnering with a provider to take such patients while a new $15.5 million public facility is built in Dona Ana County.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 10, 2016
  • NMHU men break skid

    Las Vegas Optic

    Long-distance shooting won the game for New Mexico Highlands on Saturday night. But it was a pair of free throws — by Jonathon Mines with 11 seconds left — that made sure the outcome went the Cowboys’ way.

    Mines’ foul shots forced Colorado Mesa into a couple of desperation 3-point attempts that went awry, sealing a 99-95 win.

  • Finding Love

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A young couple sits side by side studying quietly in the library at Highlands University in 1963, their love flourishing along with their academics. Fast forward 53 years to the same couple, Pauline and Richard Rindone, who say they met the love of their life at Highlands, and the university also prepared them to be lifelong learners.

  • Man gets probation for pretending to be DEA agent

    Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service for impersonating a federal officer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

    Leon Herrera, 37, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in October to a felony count of impersonating a DEA agent in Colfax county in December of 2014.

    The incident stemmed from a traffic stop.