Local News

  • BREAKING: Adams, Sisneros prevail in Luna board races

    Las Vegas Optic

    Michael Adams easily defeated incumbent Tony A. Valdez and Richard D. Jaramillo Tuesday to win a six-year term on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    Adams walked away with 68 percent of the vote in the District 2 race, which encompasses much of West Las Vegas. Jaramillo came in second with about 21.7 percent of the vote with Valdez securing just 10.2 percent of the vote.

    Adams is a former Luna employee who at one time served as the college's information technology director.

  • Local students join protests

    Despite frigid temperatures, roughly 25 students from both Robertson High School and West Las Vegas High School hit the streets peacefully on Monday morning in protest of the state-mandated PARCC test. They were among hundreds of students throughout New Mexico to protest the new computer-based standardized test.

  • Accused embezzler reaches plea deal

    The former Rogers Mortuary employee accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the business has pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement as part of a plea agreement that will keep her out of prison.

    Molly Martinez, 63, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony in February. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 13.

  • Iron Tribe to feature contemporary cast iron art

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Leading international and national contemporary iron artists are featured in an art exhibit at Highlands University that is part of Iron Tribe 2015, an iron art conference March 5 through 7, that is open to the public.

    The Iron Tribe exhibit is in the university’s Burris Hall Gallery, 903 National Ave. The closing reception is March 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. The international artists are from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Estonia, Japan and Canada. Stateside, artists range from New York to New Mexico to California.

  • Looking Back - March 4, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, March 1 — The West Las Vegas Dons earned the District 1-B basketball championship after a hard-fought game  against Mora, winning 69-67. They received a trophy from Donald B. Morrison of Cimarron, vice president of the New Mexico Activities Association for District 1-B. Dons players are Pete Lucero, Danny Herrera, Herman Martinez, Delfie Trujillo, Archie Martines, Frank Montenegro, Mike Tejada, Bennie Gallegos and Frank Rodriguez.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 4, 2015

    Free tax return preparation available
    Free 2014 tax return preparation is offered for low- and middle-income persons and seniors by the AARP Tax-Aide Program. You do not have to be a senior, or a member of AARP, to receive the help. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays (only) through April 13, at the Highlands Student Union, third floor. Call 505-652-4106 for an appointment. Walk-ins welcome and are served as possible between appointments. Bring all your documents.

  • Weather - March 4, 2015

    Snow likely. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 19 by 5 p.m. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of 1-2 inches possible. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -3. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 37. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 14.

    Sunny, with a high near 49. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 22.

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  • East gets good audit opinion

    For years the Las Vegas City Schools District was plagued by late audits until recently.

    In November, the district submitted its most current audit, bringing it completely up-to-date on its audits.

    Despite the reoccurring audit finding that the district did not maintain enough cash balances to cover all program expenses to the tune of $929,665, the district was given an unmodified opinion.

  • Ready, Set, Snow
  • Luna election is Tuesday

    Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to elect three members of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., although only voters who reside within Luna’s District 2, District 4 and District 6  will be able to cast ballots.

    Area polling places include Gillie Lopez Gymnasium at West High School, Trementina Fire Station, the old Anton Chico School, Valley Junior High School, the Watrous Fire Station, Mike Mateo Elementary School, Conchas Fire Station and the Trujillo School House.