Local News

  • Parachute Factory aids youth

    In early March Mariano Ulibarri, founder of the local Parachute Factory, realized he had a tough decision before him ­— to keep his idea of empowering young people to learn about technology, or shut it down due to financial reasons.

    He soon set out to see if the community would be interested in keeping Parachute Factory alive, and whether  they would be willing to help him with funding. He set up several meetings with local individuals to discuss the need for funding to keep the factory going.

  • Medicaid patients facing long waits

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A spot survey by state analysts found low-income Medicaid patients in New Mexico are waiting on average from three weeks to nearly two months to get an appointment with a doctor, prompting new concerns about barriers to health care access for the poor and disabled.

  • Jail Log April 15, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 4 and April 11:

    Francisco Martinez, 27, failure to comply with conditions of probation
    Lawrence Valerio, 39, battery, criminal damage To property, resisting evading, or obstructing an officer.
    Gerald Saiz, 36, aggravated battery on a household member
    Raul Sanchez, 25, disorderly conduct.
    Jeremy Lucero, 32, open container, no seatbelt, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Savannah Secatero, 33, 7 day commitment

  • Madam Mayor - Mere 23 votes give Gurule-Giron victory over Herrera

    City of Las Vegas voters made history on Tuesday, electing Tonita Gurule-Giron as the city’s first female mayor.

    It was one of the closest elections in recent memory, with just 23 votes separating her from her opponent in the mayoral runoff. Results are unofficial until canvassing takes place on Thursday morning.

    Gurule-Giron, 58, garnered 50.52 percent of the vote to former councilman Joseph “Joey” Herrera’s 49.4 percent. She will be replacing Alfonso Ortiz Jr., who has served as mayor since 2010 but opted not to seek re-election.

  • Gurule-Giron prevails in mayor's race

    Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron prevailed in Tuesday's runoff, winning the coveted mayor's seat by 23 votes.

    Gurule-Giron received 1,108 to Joseph "Joey" Herrera's 1,085 votes. Results are unofficial until canvassing takes place later this week.  Pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic for more on this developing story.

  • Senior Center remodeled

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Roughly six months after the Las Vegas Senior Center building on Sabino Street shut down, it is back open, and it’s sporting a brand new look.

    City officials unveiled the renovated Senior Center at an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday. The revamped facility was a big hit with the seniors, many of whom danced at the unveiling.

    “It’s very nice. The people are all happy here,” said Viola B. Herrera, who volunteers at the Senior Center.

  • Regents hike tuition

    If you’re planning to attend New Mexico Highlands University in the fall, you better start saving.

    By a vote of 3-to-2 on Friday, the university’s regents approved steep double-digit tuition hikes that will increase the annual cost of attending Highlands by between $582 and $976. Regents also signed off on a new $150 per year student fee to improve campus life for students.

  • Author speaks about NM’s opiate crisis

    By Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The author of an award-winning book that called attention to the nation’s opiate epidemic on Monday described the resurgence of opiates, saying dealers used the framework of a pizza delivery system to peddle heroin while medical providers prescribed unprecedented levels of hydrocodone and other drugs for pain.

  • Selling Las Vegas

    So damn authentic: We can prove it. The city of Las Vegas and the marketing and design firm it hired in December to help promote the area are banking that that message will strike gold with potential visitors to the Meadow City.

  • Clerk feared for her life

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Three men were arrested and charged last week after one of them threatened to shoot a Wal-Mart store clerk and another one threatened a customer with a knife, according to documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

    William Lucas, 52, and James Barber, 61, both of the 2700 block of Seventh Street, are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, disorderly conduct, a petty misdemeanor, and public nuisance, a petty misdemeanor.