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  • Fire at West Las Vegas H.S. under investigation

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A fire that was started in a boys bathroom at West Las Vegas High School Tuesday morning, is  being investigated by Las Vegas Fire Department, Superintendent Chris Gutierrez said.

  • Suspicious bag discovered near train station

    A suspicious package was discovered Monday morning near the historic building that houses the Las Vegas Amtrak station and city offices, in the area of Lincoln or Railroad avenues.

    According to Lt. Elizabeth Armijo of the New Mexico State Police, an employee at the BNSF Railyard Depot saw a backpack chained to a gas line of a building. The bag and nature appeared suspicious, so Las Vegas Police were called.

  • Fiesta de vida

    Theresa Wesner photo
    Dancers from Mrs. Sarah’s Ballet and Jazz were among the many performers in Sunday’s 24th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad at Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Look for more photos from this highly attended event in an upcoming edition of the Optic.

  • Missing woman

    Dawn R. Sandoval lives in the Rio Rancho area but has strong ties to Las Vegas.

    As of press time Tuesday, she has been missing for more than one week.

    Her phone, vehicle and keys were found at her home.

    Anyone who has information about Sandoval’s whereabouts should call the Rio Rancho Police at 505-891-7226 or the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Missing Person Hotline at 1-800-457-3463.

  • San Miguel County Commissioner, District 1 — candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: Here are questionnaire responses from two of the Democratic Party candidates for San Miguel County Commissioner, District 1, in the June 5 primary. The Optic will publish a response from Marty Sweeney if and when it is received.

    No candidates from other parties filed to run in the June 5 Democratic primary. Read the Optic in the weeks ahead to see other primary candidate replies.


  • Who really lives there?

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been ammended to remove mention of José L. 'Suki' Gurule. The Optic apologizes for any confusion or embarrasment this might have casused. 

    A man named Jose A. Gurule was registered to vote in the 2300 block of Romero Street as of March 30, according to the County Clerk.

  • Mora County Commissioner, District 1 — candidate questionnaires
  • Mora County Assessor — candidate questionnaires
  • Book sale benefits students

    The recent American Association of University Women’s Las Vegas 2018 Spring Used Book Sale raised more than $2,500.

    The money is used to help pay for educational programs such as “Girls Can!,” public forums in Las Vegas and scholarships for non-traditional NMHU women students.

  • Recognition

    Members of the Business Professionals of America group appeared before the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education on Thursday night.

    The grroup was requesting financial assistance to attend a leadership conference in Dallas.