Local News

  • Winners, losers at the 2018 state legislative session

    By Andrew Oxford and Steve Terrell, the Santa Fe New Mexican


    College students: The New Mexico Lottery’s staff and various legislators wanted to rewrite state law to eliminate the requirement that 30 percent of gross revenue from the lottery go for college scholarships.

  • O’Rear has interim tag removed; is Alta Vista's CEO

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has announced earlier this month that Caleb F. O’Rear, MHA, FACHE was named chief executive officer, effective Feb. 12.

    O’Rear has served as interim chief executive officer for the past five months. Prior to coming to New Mexico and Alta Vista, O’Rear most recently served as interim hospitalpresident for Metrocrest Hospital Authority.

  • Acequias defend use of Spanish language

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Acequia Association has joined a local acequia in a case currently before the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
    In January, the Court of Appeals approved the filing of an amicus brief (friend of the court) filed by the NMAA and other parties in the case Parkview Community Ditch v. Peper.  

  • Philanthropist pledges $100 million to global educational movement

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Philanthropist Shelby Davis has pledged more than $100 million to theglobal education movement known as the United World College, whose only U.S. campus is in Montezuma, north of Las Vegas.

    The donation to the UWC will fund 100 scholarships annually for students from more than 150 countries to attend one of the 17 campuses worldwide for their final two years of high school. UWC brings students from around the globe to live and learn together with a shared mission for peace. Many could only dream of this opportunity.

  • Schools respond to possible threats

    West Las Vegas Schools Superintendent Chris Gutierrez said on Thursday that police investigated claims that threats were posted on social media and in other communications but found no threats.
    “There are no known threats made to the high school or the middle school,” Gutierrez said.
    However, Gutierrez, who was attending a training session Thursday in Albuquerque, directed the campus to be closed, keeping students on campus and not allowing others on.

  • Council: City receives Bradner Dam green-lights

    Amid the many items approved as part of a consent agenda package at Wednesday's Las Vegas City Council meeting, the city received some good news from the state level.

    The city received its notice of obligation for work at Bradner Dam as part of a $10 million legislative appropriation. That means the city is locked in and can begin work at the dam, located northwest of Las Vegas.

    The news comes just as crews are beginning work at the dam, according to Utilities Director Maria Gilvarry.

  • Active shooter concerns

    By Jordan Ortega, Special to the Optic

    Active-shooter dangers on campuses are a reality that college students have to face. Students at New Mexico Highlands University are well aware of the danger of many scenarios.

    Last week’s massacre at a Florida high school reminded educators, students and those who work to maintain a safe campus about the dangers of active shooters and other forms of localized terrorism.

    However, they also try to put their fears into perspective.

  • Visitors from the sky

    Theresa Wesner photo
    Bridgette Baca holds up 2-year-old Nathanael Muñoz so he can see into one of the small planes that arrived at Las Vegas Municipal Airport on Saturday afternoon.

    The Route 66 Air Tour celebrated history as its pilots began in Tucumcari, then headed to Moriarty before spending Saturday afternoon and night in Las Vegas.

    They then headed to Grants and Winslow, Ariz.

  • Reading group to focus on social mobility

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    An upcoming reading group at Highlands University will focus on social mobility in the U.S.

    The reading group, led by Highlands professor Rebecca Álvarez, is the latest reading group program sponsored by the Donnelly Library. The three books in this spring’s reading group are Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance; Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones; and Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond.

  • Unique string duo headed to Las Vegas

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    Two classically trained musicians who blend Western art music with hip hop beats will perform at Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium on Friday, March 2.

    Musicians Wil B. and Kev Marcus form Black Violin, which creates a distinctive multigenre sound that is often described as “classical boom.”
    Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.