Local News

  • Shooting range open to the public again

    A number of volunteers joined with Las Vegas police and other city workers last month to clean up the city-owned shooting range and mitigate a hazard so that it could once again be reopened to the public.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño thanked everyone who took part in the cleanup held in early April and said members of the public are now being allowed to use the shooting range, which is located near the National Guard Armory at Camp Luna.

  • Need for road funding looms over NM

    The Associated Press

    The amount of repairs and reconstruction needed for New Mexico’s aging roads is far outpacing the funding available for such projects.

    The state’s road fund received roughly $381 million last year, $5 million less than the year prior. Meanwhile, a national research group recently stated that just immediate road work alone amounts to $730 million, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday.

  • In Brief - News - May 4, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Guardsman dies at Arkansas event

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A member of the New Mexico National Guard has died while taking part in a marksmanship competition in Arkansas.
    Arkansas National Guard Lt. Col. Joel Lynch says 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Ryan Faraone collapsed Thursday afternoon after running approximately 200 yards at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. Lynch told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that Faraone was taken to a Little Rock hospital where he later died.

  • Shooting victims awarded nearly $2 million

    The Associated Press

    Insurance carriers for the Roswell Independent School District have paid nearly $2 million in structured settlements to two victims of a shooting at a middle school last year.

    The Roswell Daily Record obtained the legal pleadings Friday in the litigation that resulted in a court-approved mediated settlement.

    Attorneys for Berrendo Middle School shooting victims Kendal Sanders and Nathaniel Tavarez petitioned for medical expenses and other compensatory damages last December in Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque.

  • Looking Back - May 4, 2015

    In 1965
    Tuesday, May 4 — Leroy Apodaca, a junior from Las Vegas, was elected president of the Highlands University Student Senate last week. Phil Gonzales, a junior from Cuba, N.M., and originally from Las Vegas, won the vice presidential post.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 4, 2015

    Citation cases won’t be heard May 5, 6
    San Miguel County magistrate judges will not be available to handle citations on Tuesday, May 5, or Wednesday, May 6. Clerks will be on hand to accept payments on those days, but judges will not be available to handle citation cases.

  • Campos to retire from Luna

    Luna Community College President Pete Campos has once again announced that he is planning to retire from Luna.
    Campos notified Dan Romero, the new chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees, by letter on Wednesday morning, and the college issued a news release shortly thereafter.

  • Senior profile - Kayt Peck - A consummate playwright

    By Lupita M. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A dog snoozes as he gathers warmth from a sealed wood-burning stove in the living room. Outside, yelps a hyper-active dog eager to greet visitors. Aware that the guests have been in the house for about two hours, the caged canine manages to break out — just to be sociable.

  • Blue collar kid defies the odds

    Some kids are expected to go to college after high school. That wasn’t the case for Sam Minner one of six finalists vying to be Highlands University’s next president.

    Minner, 62, grew up in Collinsville, Ill., a small town in the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area. His father was a soldier and steelworker, his mother a homemaker.

    Most of his relatives were steelworkers, ironworkers or worked on the railroad, Minner said. No one in his family had attended college.

  • Rio Gallinas finally in new home

    As school districts prepare for their upcoming graduations, Rio Gallinas Middle School has finally moved into its new home.

    “We just moved in and got everything squared away,” School Administrator Gerald Garcia said. “It has been a challenge and we are six or seven months late, but it finally got the approvals to move in.”

    The school had been housed at West Las Vegas High School for several months after it was evicted by the city of Las Vegas from a building at Dee Bibb Industrial Park in October, over safety concerns.