Local News

  • Car vs. house - LV man charged after police chase ends in crash

    A Las Vegas man is facing multiple traffic charges after allegedly crashing his car into a house on the corner of Tilden and Grand on March 26.

    Jesse Romero, 40, of the 1400 block of Eighth Street, is charged with two counts of resisting, obstructing or evading an officer, driving with a revoked license, seven counts of failure to stop, one count of failure to yield, speeding by 36 mph or greater over the limit, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, reckless driving and failure to obey a traffic control device.

  • Prevention measures - Police officers promote safety, respect

    District Attorney Richard D. Flores and the Las Vegas Police Department have collaborated in an effort to prevent crimes this summer. The district attorney’s Community Outreach Program, under the coordination of Melanie Gallegos, is focused on prevention in hopes of reducing crime in the area.

  • Lujan takes shots at AHCA

    In light of the demise of the Republican-backed American Health Care Act the previous day, last Saturday’s town hall meeting presented by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., felt more like a victory lap for Lujan and the bill’s other opponents.

  • Sexual violence targeted by forum

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas will kick off a new initiative April 4 at Highlands University aimed at reducing sexual violence on campuses.

    “I am proud to announce my office’s launch of the statewide Conscious Campus initiative to address the issue of sexual violence on New Mexico college campuses,” Balderas said. “I applaud my alma mater, Highlands University, and other participating colleges in New Mexico for taking steps toward making their campuses safer.

  • Cash reserves threatened

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Concerns about New Mexico’s short-term cash reserves are taking center stage as state lawmakers await anticipated veto decisions by Gov. Susana Martinez on a budget for the coming fiscal year.

  • Renowned violinist performing Wednesday

    Jack Glatzer, an internationally acclaimed violinist, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Kennedy Hall on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

    Admission is $15 for the general public. The performance is sponsored by the Las Vegas Arts Council and Kiwanis.

  • Volunteerism to be honored

    Local and regional officials are leading a salute to those who volunteer time and energy to their communities as part of Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service this Tuesday, April 4.

    Locally, the tribute will take place in a ceremony scheduled at 9 a.m. at the Father George Salazar Center adjacent to Immaculate Conception Church. Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron and other local and state representatives from the area are among those expected to attend.

  • Weather - April 2, 2017


    HIGH 59° / LOW 33°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.
    Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 33.
    6:45 a.m. to 7:24 p.m.


    HIGH 65° / LOW 32°
    Sunny, with a high near 65. Monday night —partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
    6:44 a.m. to 7:24 p.m.


  • BREAKING: Villanueva man charged with murder

    A Villanueva man is charged with an open count of murder after a body was found Tuesday in the Pecos River.

    Richard Joseph Griego, 30, was arrested by New Mexico State Police in connection with the death of Jimmy Griego, whose relationship or other connection to the suspect was not immediately clear.

    A witness reportedly told police she saw a man throwing her cousin, identified as Jimmy Griego, off the Pecos River bridge on N.M. Highway 3 near Ribera this past Tuesday afternoon.

  • UWC receiving $10M grant

    Submitted to the Optic

    In honor of the 80th birthday (on March 20) of philanthropist Shelby Davis, his family has committed a challenge grant of $10 million to United World College-USA, the school announced this week.