Local News

  • Foster parent information meeting Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The public is invited to an information meeting  at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Traveler’s Café at 1814 Plaza to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

    Currently there are 45 children in the tri-county area in the foster care system. There is an urgent need for more foster parents in this community. 

  • Gun taken to East school

    A Memorial Middle School student was arrested last week after school officials discovered an unloaded handgun inside his backpack.

    The 14-year-old student, who the Optic is not naming due to his age, was transported to the Taos Juvenile Detention Center. He has been charged with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon.

    As of press time, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova was out of town on work-related business and hadn’t responded to an email from the Optic seeking information about the incident.

  • Baskets for Peace - Auction marks center’s 11th year

    They often say small but mighty. Those words can be used to describe Pat Leahan’s work. Leahan is the co-founder of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center.

    Her work, along with the countless number of volunteers, has been instrumental in various issues.

    In an effort to continue their work, a celebratory fundraiser-auction will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday at El Fidel Restaurant.

  • Appeal filed over Bradner

    The Storrie Project Water Users Association is asking a Santa Fe court to halt the city’s Bradner Reservoir enlargement project until an environmental impact statement can be prepared for the work that is planned.

    The city of Las Vegas had been hoping to break ground on the expansion project early next year. City officials are now worried about being able to meet that timeline.

  • More NM kids attending preschool

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s investment in early childhood education over the past decade has dramatically increased the number of children enrolled in preschool programs, but state and federal officials say more needs to be done.

    Federal statistics released this week by the U.S. Education Department show around 40 percent of 4-year-olds were enrolled in publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs in New Mexico during the 2012-13 school year.

  • Looking Back - April 10, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, April 5 — Members of the music and drama departments at Highlands University are preparing for the presentation of “Once Upon a Mattress,” a parody on the fable of the Princess and the Pea. Among those rehearsing are Danny Montgomery, Las Vegas, who plays Prince Dauntless; Mary Reynolds, Las Vegas, Queen Agravain; Pat Dinkins, Albuquerque, as King Sextimus the Silent; and Peggy Miller, Las Vegas, as Princess Winnifred. Professor Ronald Wynn will serve as musical director, with Dr. Richard O’Connell as drama director.

  • Looking ahead - News - April 10, 2015

    Habichat: Restoring Bird Friendly Native Habitats of Northeastern New Mexico presentation will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. A biologist at the local refuge will discuss the difference between a marsh and a pond, how to ensure healthy nutritious food for migrating birds in various habitats and how the recent drought affected bird and wildlife counts. Refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - April 10, 2015

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. South wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40.


  • NM VA clinic among worst for delays

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    A Veterans Affairs clinic in northwestern New Mexico ranks among the worst in the nation when it comes to the percentage of appointments that were delayed a month or longer.

    While local VA officials say they’re doing their best to expand services in rural areas where recruiting is a challenge, advocates say more needs to be done — and quickly.

  • In Brief - News - April 10, 2015

    The Associated Press

    NM water-supply forecast a downer

    SANTA FE — A new water-supply forecast signals that New Mexico could face continued trouble.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Climate Prediction Center forecast indicates that recent warm temperatures and relatively little snowfall means the state likely faces below-average runoff from snowpack in higher elevation for the fifth straight year.