Local News

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Take 5: Meadow City Music Festival

    By Beth Urech

    “Mark, did Dave Brubeck compose, ‘Take Four’ or ‘Take Five’?”  

    Standing on the ladder painting our bathroom, my husband guffaws. “You should start your column that way. Anyone who knows anything about music will laugh.”  So here goes. And I hope you’re splitting your sides or at least chuckling.

  • Man charged in machete attack

    A Las Vegas man was arrested last Thursday for allegedly attacking another man with a machete during a fight over a stolen tire.

    Henry Rivera, 66, of the 4600 block of El Llano, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention center and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, causing great bodily harm, a third-degree felony, aggravated assault, a second-degree felony and with two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.

    According to the criminal complaint filed by state police in San Miguel County Magistrate Court:

  • Clinton puts Trump on the defensive in debate

    By Julie Pace and Jill Colvin
    The Associated Press

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto defense by Hillary Clinton’s cascade of critiques about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate.

  • Optic wins Public Service, 10 other Press Association awards

    The Las Vegas Optic won 11 awards in the NMPA APME Better Newspaper Contest over the weekend, including first place honors in the coveted Public Service category for its reporting on Charles Trujillo, the former Mora Superintendent who was charged with multiple felonies after the Optic uncovered that he had falsified his credentials to obtain educator licenses he didn’t qualify for.

    Trujillo is facing multiple felony counts of fraud and forgery.

  • Weather - Sept. 28, 2016


    HIGH 76° / LOW 47°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
    6:54 a.m. to 6:48 p.m.


    HIGH 73° / LOW 48°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:55 a.m. to 6:47 p.m.


  • System Failure: Educator misses deadline

    By Mercy López and Martin Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    When state Public Education Department officials discovered that Nick Trujillo had been awarded an administrative license despite deficiencies in his licensure file, they sent him a letter telling him he had 30 days to provide the documentation that was lacking.

  • Injured teen coming home

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Jeramiah Gouin planned to spend his summer working for Las Vegas contractor Travis Regensberg.

    But one day before the Sapello teen was to start, a rodeo accident left him paralyzed. Now Regensberg  is overseeing a $65,000 remodeling of the victim’s home, using donated labor and materials.

  • Senior Profile - Judy Vaughan - Revisiting childhood haunts

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Seventy-two-year-old Judy Vaughan recently “revisited” her childhood.

    A former Las Vegas resident, Vaughan spent two nights at the remote Gallinas Canyon home where she was raised. She even slept in her old bedroom, where she searched for constellations ­— just as she did during her childhood.

    “I loved the place and the solitude,” Vaughan said. “My best friends were my dogs and horses.”

  • Fighting addiction: Pro-painkiller echo chamber shaped policy amid drug epidemic

    Editors Notes: Part of a joint investigation by The Associated Press and The Center for Public Integrity. Second of two parts.

    By Matthew Perrone and Ben Wieder
    The Associated Press and Center for Public Integrity

  • Art project helps build homecoming spirit

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A new life-size fiberglass horse painted with a colorful Día de los Muertos theme will lead the way for the Highlands University homecoming parade Oct. 8.

    Homecoming festivities kick off Sept. 30 and continue through Oct. 9.

    Highlands media arts professor Mariah Hausman designed the Día de los Muertos theme for the horse and is coordinating the public art project.