Local News

  • Vehicle crash claims life of local child

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 3-year-old girl died  Friday when the truck she was a passenger in crashed on Intestate 25 about eight miles north of Santa Fe, according to state police.

    The crash occurred at about 5 p.m. on Friday at mile marker 288.

  • Luna hands out pink slips

    When he left the presidency at Luna Community College, Pete Campos noted that one of the things he was proudest of was getting the school through major budget cuts without any layoffs.

    His successor won’t be able to say the same thing.

    Leroy “Huero” Sanchez, who took over as Luna’s president last year, issued letters to at least five employees on Thursday and Friday, notifying them that they won’t have jobs come July 1.

  • Stopping the summer slide

    With summer vacation on the horizon students are already counting down to freedom from teachers and homework.

    While educators are also looking forward to the much-needed hiatus, many of them are also worried about the “summer slide,” the learning loss that students experience over the summer break.

  • Still no decision on Parson

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Gene Parson’s future with the school district remains uncertain after the board once again failed to reach a decision Thursday evening on whether to launch a search for a superintendent or keep him on for the upcoming school year.

    Parson, meanwhile, hinted that he may pursue legal action against the district if he is not kept on beyond June 30.

    “I feel I have an impled contract,” he told the board. “If you feel differently, well, then we’ll go there, I guess.”

  • Dems fear Sanders is undermining efforts to beat Trump

    By Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Democratic Party leaders are upping the pressure on Bernie Sanders to drop his presidential campaign, alarmed that his continued presence is undermining efforts to beat the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, and again win the White House.

  • NM sees increase in registered voters

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The number of registered voters in New Mexico has increased nearly 3 percent since the start of the year as election officials process a final flurry of registration forms.

    Tuesday was the cutoff date for voters to register ahead of New Mexico’s June 7 primaries featuring presidential, statewide and local candidates.

  • 8 apply for West board seat

    The wife of former West Las Vegas School board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez has submitted her application to fill her husband’s former board seat.

    Carla Benavidez, an employee in the district’s human resource department, is one of the eight candidates to apply for the position. Other candidates are: Emilio Aragon, John Trujillo, Alvin Jiron, Henry Abeyta, Matt Griego, Linda Montoya and Kenny Lujan.

  • Suit alleges monsignor raped 6-year-old

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe was hit with three new child sex abuse lawsuits this week. One of those lawsuits alleges that a monsignor who previously worked at Immaculate Conception Parish in Las Vegas sexually abused and raped a 6 year-old girl who was attending the now-defunct Immaculate Conception School in the 1950s.

  • Event to commemorate closure

    Submitted to Optic

    Fort Union National Monument will be buzzing with activity starting today with a Naturalization Ceremony and a ceremonial flag lowering on Sunday.

    Once the largest fort west of the Mississippi River, Fort Union will host the Naturalization Ceremony allowing immigrants from Cuba, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, India, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, Spain, Thailand, and the United Kingdom to become U.S. citizens from 1 to 2 p.m. today (Friday) at the monument located in Watrous.

  • NM eyes federal funds for home visits

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s fast-growing effort to improve early childhood health and development by offering home visits from nurses and counselors would likely be eligible for federal matching funds under Medicaid, a policy expert told lawmakers on Wednesday.