Local News

  • Arrest made in July homicide

    Nearly five months after a Las Vegas man was found dead inside his South Pacific apartment, city police have charged the person they believe killed him.

    Daniel M. Sullivan, 26, of the 100 block of Independence, was arrested Monday on a charge of second-degree murder.

    An arrest warrant affidavit filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Friday alleges that the victim, 43-year-old Steven Marquez, had been doing drugs with Sullivan the night he was killed.

  • Economists slash revenue projections

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico expects to collect far less revenue this budget year and next than previously forecast as employment, wages and economic growth lag, a group of state economists said Monday.

    The economists from three executive agencies and the Legislature said the state will collect $109 million less during the current budget year than last year.

    The forecast indicates spending is likely to eat through all the state’s reserve funds and require another $69 million if changes are not made.

  • Boy Scouts to relocate museum

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — From merit badges and uniforms to an impressive collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings, the Boy Scouts of America will be packing up more than a century of scouting history and taking it to the wilds of northern New Mexico.

    The organization announced Monday that it will move its national museum from its current home in Texas to the Philmont Scout Ranch, which has served as an adventure destination for generations of troops and their families.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 7, 2016

    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 1966 — Charles F. O’Malley was honored by Rotary Club members for his 90th birthday Tuesday. The Rotarian who made the presentation was Rotary president Charles Trumbull. O’Malley, a Las Vegas resident for 65 years, has served as fire chief, rodeo parade marshall and in other civic capacious. He still operates his electrical repair business and has never missed a Rotary meeting.

  • Honoring Kurt
  • Weather - Dec. 7, 2016


    HIGH 39° / LOW 8°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 25 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
    6:57 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


    HIGH 32° / LOW 18°
    Sunny, with a high near 32. South wind around 10 mph. Thursday night ­ — mostly clear, with a low around 18.
    6:58 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


  • Helping victims - Justice center here to help

    Corinne Dominguez found herself in an abusive marriage when she was 19. She sought the help of the church, but to no avail, and she eventually filed for divorce 11 months after her wedding.

    “It was pretty brutal,” she said. “My divorce was a like a year-long process.”

    Dominguez often questions how someone you love can turn into one’s worst nightmare, and wondered what  did wrong to get black eyes?

  • NMHU Dean awarded $2.9M grant

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University students will have more support to complete bachelor’s degrees in science and technology disciplines and math education, thanks to a $2.9-million U.S. Department of Education grant.

    The five-year grant is designed to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students who enter the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM, as well as secondary education math teachers.

  • MainStreet needs your help

    Submitted to the Optic

    Leveo Sanchez has issued a “Challenge Grant” of $10,000 to support MainStreet de Las Vegas and invites the Las Vegas community to participate.

  • Officials set to repackage radioactive waste

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Isolated in a temperature-controlled storage area at one of the nation’s premiere nuclear weapons laboratories, dozens of containers of radioactive waste similar to one that ruptured in 2014 remain under 24-hour surveillance, awaiting treatment so they can be stabilized and disposed of.

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced last week that treatment of the 60 containers is expected to begin next spring following a series of safety assessments and upgrades to the building where the work will be performed.