Local News

  • Looking Back - Sept. 4, 2016

    In 1966
    Friday, Aug. 26, 1966 — This is the last publication of the Las Vegas Daily Optic as an afternoon newspaper. General Manager Stuart Beck announced today that the Daily Optic will resume publication Monday as a morning newspaper to be published each Monday through Friday. Beck said. Editor Cal Wilson said, “The coverage of our community in our news pages will be vastly improved. Our deadline for each publication will be as late as possible so that our readers are given developments of the previous day and night in a fresh package each morning.”

  • Celebrating Union Elementary’s success

    Union Elementary is doing something right. The West Las Vegas School is making strides in academics.

    Wednesday afternoon the students, staff and teachers earned a special visit from Gov. Susana Martinez and state Education Secretary Hanna Skandera. They recognized the local school for its stellar performance in the PARCC test this past school year. The students’ math scores now are ranked among the best in the state for their growth in math.

  • HU Trolley Building completed

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University transformed a unique historic Las Vegas landmark into a state-of-the-art facility for its Media Arts and Technology Department.

    Classes began in the 21,027-square-foot Trolley Building Aug. 17. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the building is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at 12th Street and San Francisco Avenue.

  • Professional staff form bargaining unit

    Professional staff at New Mexico Highlands University have succeeded in their quest to join the school’s union.

    The new unit, which represents roughly 80 professional staff, was officially certified by the state labor board on Wednesday. Those employees are now part of the New Mexico Highlands University Faculty and Staff Association.

  • Civil rights sites at risk of being lost to history

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A once-thriving all-black settlement in the New Mexico desert is a ghost town that rarely appears on maps. Tour buses pass but never stop at a Houston building where Latino activists planned civil rights events. Motels that welcomed minority motorists along 1950s Route 66 sit abandoned.

    From a Civil War battlefield where Hispanic Union soldiers fought to birthplaces of civil rights leaders, sites linked to the nation’s struggle for racial equality are overlooked, neglected and absent from travel guides.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 2, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 22 and Aug. 30:
    Aaron Salazar, 32, seven-day commitment, Las Vegas Municipal Court/ San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Nancy Jaramillo, 45, probation violation: failure to complete treatment, District Court
    Juan Encinias, 64, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Michael Dominguez, 31, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Alfonso Garduño, 30, bench warrant: failure to appear, Bernalillo

  • Weather - Sept. 2, 2016


    HIGH 78° / LOW 54°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
    6:34 a.m. to 7:26 p.m.


    HIGH 81° / LOW 55°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    6:35 a.m. to 7:24 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 2, 2016

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1966 — Twenty-three plant growers in the Pecos Valley indicated unanimously they are willing to join the corporation in supporting a cucumber processing plant in the Ribera area, during a meeting of the Pecos Valley producers. Henry Griego, a producer and Community Action Program field worker, contracted the growers and had 23 people ready to support the corporation to get the plant. Fifteen of the 28 are expected to attend the tri-county and Guadalupe counties Thursday at the La Loma Community Center, one mile east of Anton Chico.

  • Showcasing classics
  • NMBHI has new leader

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    The New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute’s new leader hopes to reduce the high turnover of lower-paid workers while keeping Las Vegas’ biggest employer within its $55.6 million annual budget.

    Frances Tweed, 64, of Las Vegas two weeks ago began working as the 352-bed hospital’s new executive director of administration. Tweed replaces Dr. Troy Jones, who in April after seven years at the helm accepted an administrator’s position with a state hospital in South Dakota.