Local News

  • Budding artists - Hands-on at People’s Faire

    Attendees of People’s Faire this past Saturday got a special treat: free art lessons.

    Susan Tsyitee, executive director of the Las Vegas Arts Council, said the non-profit organization received a $1,000 Mustard Seed Grant from the local Presbyterian Church to be able to provide faire attendees an avenue to express their artistic talents.

  • Hermit’s Peak hike tradition revived

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    More than 130 Highlands University students, faculty, staff and alumni scrambled up Hermit’s Peak Aug. 27, a roundtrip hike of 8.5 miles that rewards the hikers with spectacular views at the 10,212-foot summit.                      

  • UWC seeking getaway families

    The United World College in Montezuma is looking for getaway families for its students.

    “It’s an opportunity for our students, who come from all over the world to get to know a local family and the local culture,” said Naomi Swinton, director of experiential education at UWC.

    UWC currently has 60 active families willing to take students into their homes for a weekend, over winter break and holidays. The goal is 100 families, Swinton said.

  • Concerns arise about retirement savings in NM

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers have begun studying how to provide more private-sector workers with access to retirement programs.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 31, 2016

    The Associated Press
    PNM wants vote on rate request
    New Mexico’s largest electric provider wants state regulators to act on a proposed rate increase rather than delay a decision with more hearings.
    Public Service Co. of New Mexico filed a response Monday with the state Public Regulation Commission, saying extensive testimony and exhibits submitted over the course of the yearlong case provide enough information for commissioners to make a decision.

  • Supreme court reinstates fraud conviction

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has reinstated the fraud conviction of a woman who induced a much-older widower to believe she was his girlfriend and gained access to his savings.

    The ruling reinstates Patricia Garcia’s 2013 conviction in District Court in Luna County for fraudulently obtaining $20,000 from the widower, who was in his 80s. She was in her 50s.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 31, 2016

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  • PED missed red flag on Trujillo

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    A simple cross-check of Charles Trujillo’s personnel file would have alerted the state Public Education Department to the fact that the now-disgraced former Professional Licensure Bureau chief did not have the master’s degree he was claiming on his licensure application and that he falsified one of the school transcripts he submitted with that licensure application.

  • Senior Profile - Curtis Plagge - All the world’s a stage

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Curtis Plagge jokes that he’s lived “four lifetimes” during his 64 years.

    A 1969 Robertson High School graduate who two years ago returned to San Miguel County, Plagge has worked as a film, television and theater actor and stuntman, and as a comedian, who delivered more than 6,000 singing telegrams.