Local News

  • Sipapu prepares for ski season
  • Campaign launched to ‘save the lion’

    A collaboration between the city of Las Vegas, MainStreet de Las Vegas and New Mexico Highlands University has generated enthusiastic interest to “Save the Lion” as it turns 119 years old.

  • City struggling with water quality

    The city of Las Vegas Utilities Department is trying to determine why the quality of water coming out of the city’s surface water treatment plant is lower than normal.

    City Utilities Director Kenneth Garcia briefed the governing body on the situation during a special Council meeting on Monday morning.

    Garcia stressed that the water remains safe to drink.

    “I want to assure you there is no cause for concern at this point …,” he said.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 2

    Thursday, Sept. 2 — City Mayor Frank Olmstead was injured this morning in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Seventh and Baca. Extent of the mayor’s injuries had not been determined by noon, but according to attending physicians, at this time, Mayor Olmstead’s injuries “do not seem to be too bad.” A car driven by Olmstead collided with a pickup truck driven by Cesario Sena of Sapello at the intersection.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 2, 2015

    Wagon Mound Bean Days
    The Wagon Mound Bean Days festival runs from Friday through Monday and features music, a parade, a free barbecue, dances and rodeos. Wagon Mound is located just off I-25 between Raton and Las Vegas. For more information, call 575-447-1597 or visit www.beanday100.com.

  • Weather - Sept. 2, 2015

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • Lawmakers to discuss impeaching Duran

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives on Monday raised the possibility of impeachment proceedings against New Mexico’s top elections official after allegations of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering were leveled against her by the state attorney general.

    House Minority Leader Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, said the charges against Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran are serious and if the House decides to pursue impeachment, the process needs to be a bipartisan effort.

  • 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.