Local News

  • Mora, Zuni saw big drops in graduation rates

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Some rural New Mexico school districts saw around a 20-percentage point drop in high school graduation rates over three years while others experienced a 15 percentage point decline in just a year, according to a review by The Associated Press.

  • Correction - Nov. 1, 2015

    Mikael Vigil, 6, of Las Vegas rides a pony during the recent Halloween Carnival and Pumpkin Festival held late last month at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.  The Optic misidentified Vigil in Wednesday’s front page.

  • Optic staffers land NM press awards

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Las Vegas Optic received seven awards during the 107th annual New Mexico Press Association convention held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in late September.

    Also at this year’s convention, Optic editor and publisher Martin Salazar was elected to a one-year term as president of the New Mexico Press Association.

    Contest awards were handed out during an evening banquet.

  • Vegas woman stabbed, robbed

    By Martín Salazar

    A Highlands University student was stabbed twice in the chest while parked at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue on Monday morning.

    Natasha Lopez, who was watching Netflix on her cellphone while waiting for her Highlands class to start, also sustained a severe cut to her left hand after she grabbed the knife to keep from being stabbed a third time. Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said her injuries were not life-threatening.

  • Skandera puts brakes on Trujillo’s paid leave

    By Martín Salazar
    and Mercy López

    The Mora Independent School District’s plan to continue paying Superintendent Charles Trujillo pending the outcome of a state Public Education Department investigation ran into a major snag on Tuesday.

  • Senior Profile: A life of accomplishments

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Having celebrated his 90th birthday in September, Pete J. Bustamante can look back on having a fulfilled life. Now the military veteran is under the care of his son and namesake, Peter, who left his job as an elementary school counselor in Belen in 2014 to watch over his father.

    Admittedly, the elder Bustamante’s physical activity has slowed down — “mostly watching TV and gardening,” he said, wistfully. But it wasn’t always that way.

  • Council OKs zero tolerance drug policy

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt a new drug and alcohol policy that requires the termination of any city employee who tests positive for drug or alcohol use while on the job.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 30, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 16 and Oct. 25.
    Juanico Loretto, 34, DWI, open container, child abuse x 2
    Edward Moya, 44, seven- day commitment
    Guy Martinez, 45, Bench Warrant SM Magistrate
    Sielert Duaine, 47, failure to appear, failure to pay, failure to comply
    Andrea Lucero, 65, speeding, no proof of insurance, expired registration
    Angelo Vigil, 19, criminal damage to property
    Lucille Gallegos, 36, shoplifting
    Enrique Acuna, 45, DWI

  • Looking Back - Oct. 30, 2015
  • Fall Flight Festival kicks off on Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The refuge has been blessed with abundant rainfall these late summer days, fields have crops and ponds with water augur hopes for an outstanding fall migration.

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located on NM 281, east of Las Vegas, will be open each of the first four Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in November for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a four-and-a-half-mile self-guided auto drive. All events at the refuge are free.