Local News

  • Reward offered in poaching case

    Las Vegas Optic

    The New Mexico Department of Game & Fish is offering a $1,500 reward for information that leads to criminal charges against the individual or individuals who shot two large bull elk at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge last month.
    The dead bull elk were discovered at the refuge on Nov. 20. Conservation officers determined that both elk had been shot and left to die in the middle of the prairie.

    The killings have outraged refuge officials.

  • Audit: Mora schools broke state law

    By Martin Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    An independent audit report made public by the Office of the State Auditor on Tuesday contends that the embattled Mora Independent School District violated state law by hiring the sons-in-law of two school board members.

    The audit, conducted by De’Aun Willoughby CPA, PC, a Clovis accounting firm, covers the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

  • Crime spree lands Vegas man in jail

    An 18-year-old Las Vegas man spent the Thanksgiving weekend behind bars and was still there on Tuesday morning after police say he and two juveniles broke into Rodriguez Park on last Wednesday night, vandalized and burglarized four buildings on the property and then drove off in two city trucks.

    Vidal Diego Padilla, who resides in an apartment on the 600 block of Sapello Street, was arrested by city police and is facing several felony and misdemeanor charges.

  • Weather - Dec. 2, 2015


    HIGH 48° / LOW 19°
    Sunny, with a high near 48. North wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:53 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


    HIGH 55° / LOW 22°
    Sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:53 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


  • Correction

    A story in Friday’s Optic on Highlands University’s new MFA degree had
    incorrect information. The new MFA in media arts and cultural technology is not the first terminal degree the university has offered. According to Maurilio Vigil, a Highlands political science and history professor emeritus and author, three Ph.D.s were conferred in 1965. The students were Albert Arthur Amador, III, Ph.D. in chemistry, Theodore Arnold Mueller, Ph.D. in chemistry, and Earl D. Stedman, Ph.D. in natural sciences. These Ph.D. programs were discontinued.

  • Lawmakers discuss campaign finance reform

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The amount of money being spent on New Mexico politics by nonprofits and other independent groups is growing, but top elections officials told lawmakers Monday their hands are tied when it comes to ensuring transparency given that the state’s campaign finance reporting laws are outdated.

    Officials with the secretary of state’s office indicated they would support proposed legislation outlined by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, during an interim legislative meeting in Santa Fe.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 2, 2015

    In 1965
    Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1965 — Putting gravel on the ice skating parking lot last Tuesday and Wednesday started a city, town and county-wide effort to prepare the Gallinas ice skating pond for winter recreation in the Las Vegas area. In a joint move, the city and town contributed the services of trucks, a scraper and a loader to spread gravel on the skating pond parking lot. The town has also offered to clear the ice of snow every time it snows in the coming season. President of the Ice-Skating Association is Emily Gavahan.

  • Original music featured in upcoming concert

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents an Original Music Concert at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Student Union Theatre, 800 National Ave.

    The concert features original works written and produced by Highlands University music students, many of whom are in the Music Technology Program. The musical styles include pop, indie rock, metal, hip hop, gospel and country.

    General admission ticket prices for the Original Music Concert are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.

  • Restraining order threatened

    Several parents of Los Niños Elementary School students are fuming after the school district’s superintendent demanded that they leave the school and even threatened to hit them with a restraining order earlier this month.

    The incident occurred on Nov. 13, while students were in class. The parents were meeting at the school to talk about plans for the upcoming electric light parade and holiday program when Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova told them to leave.

  • Homes tour, light parades, Santa on tap for weekend

    The holiday season has officially arrived and the Las Vegas area is ready for it. Hot chocolate, Victorian homes decorated in the holiday spirit, Santa Claus, light parades, and thousands of luminarias are all in the plans for next weekend.

    Starting off the festivities is an annual Las Vegas Citizens’ or Historic Preservation Holiday Historical Homes tour from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening. This year’s tour features Carnegie Library, the local First Methodist Church, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, and six homes — all decorated for the holiday season.