Local News

  • Highlands to host free workshop for education leaders and counselors

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico high school and community college counselors along with education leaders will learn more about what Highlands University has to offer at a free workshop Feb. 1.

    The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Highlands main campus in Las Vegas in the Student Center, 800 National Ave.

  • City, acequias close to settlement

    The city’s top administrator says the municipality and the Rio Gallinas Acequia Association are close to a deal that would bring an end to the water rights litigation that has been raging for more than six decades.

    “We’re close,” City Manager Richard Trujillo told the Optic on Thursday.

  • Music awards - Locals receive top honors

    The New Mexico Hispano Music Association honors musicians for their talent each year. Two Las Vegas residents received prestigious awards during this year’s awards show Saturday at the Ohkay Casino and Conference Center in Española.

    Vocalist Brenda Ortega walked away with the coveted Female Vocalist of the Year award for her song “Armorcito de mi Vida.”

    KFUN radio personality Mike “Roadrunner” Baca received the Hispano Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mark Ipiotis Award during the 26th annual show.

  • Lawmakers embrace moves to close budget gap

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico state Senate approved a package of budget solvency bills Wednesday as lawmakers rushed to fill a lingering financial gap for the current year.

    The House of Representatives is likely to vote Thursday on the plan to close an $80 million deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30. The bills would replenish the state’s general fund reserves to at least $165 million, or nearly 3 percent of annual spending, by taking money from other areas of government.

  • HU hires new nursing director

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Jeanie Flood is the new nursing director at New Mexico Highlands University’s online RN-BSN Program.

    Flood holds a doctorate in nursing and has more than 15 years of experience in nursing education. Since 2004, she taught on the nursing faculty at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where she led the RN-BSN Program for eight years and it quadrupled in size. Flood also coordinated the BSN Program.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 20, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 7 and Jan. 12:
    Paul Valdez, 30, battery upon a peace officer, possession, delivery, or manufacture of drug paraphernalia, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Nakia Baca, 35, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Chusai Padilla, 34, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Juan Rubio, 27, three-day sanction-positive urinalysis, Adult Probation Office

  • Women’s March set for Saturday in Santa Fe

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, hundreds are expected to participate in the Women’s March in our nation’s capital while many local residents will participate in a similar march in Santa Fe. Las Vegas resident Noyola Padilla-Archibuque is planning to attend Saturday’s march. She was one of the five electors for the state for this past presidential election.

    The march is scheduled the day after the presidential inauguration and coincides with the national Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

  • Weather - Jan. 20, 2017


    HIGH 47° / LOW 26°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
    7:08 a.m. to 5:16 p.m.


    HIGH 42° / LOW 22°
    A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.
    7:07 a.m. to 5:17 p.m.


  • UWC students give back on MLK Day

    By Gwen Albers

    At home in Nepal, Ritambhara Parajuli volunteered with the Red Cross after a 2015 earthquake left 9,000 dead and 22,000 injured.

    The 17-year-old United World College-USA first-year student also teaches at an orphanage in Nepal.

  • West board candidate dies

    The West Las Vegas school board election takes place in a just a few weeks. But one person won’t be campaigning on Election Day, scheduled for Feb. 7.

    James R. “Gordy” Lovato, a candidate for a position on the West Las Vegas school board, died unexpectedly on Jan. 9 at his home.

    His wife, Lydia Maddox, said her late husband was undergoing dialysis for the past eight years. She said that he was looking forward to his campaign for office where he was running against incumbent Christine Ludi and Joe A. Gallegos.