Local News

  • The return of Carnegie

    By Cindy Collins and Lee Einer
    Special to the Optic

    Carnegie Library is undergoing an exterior restoration, but more money is needed to finish the job.

    The 113-year-old library, built in 1904, is in need of both cosmetic and structural help.

    Community members have donated roughly $21,000 for the work, and the City of Las Vegas is contributing $1,189 for paint and other supplies.

  • Police union in duel with city

    Tensions between city of Las Vegas and the local police union are heating up. City officials are saying the police department is overstaffed, while officers maintain the department is understaffed.

  • Working for a healthier community

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    Osei Bissau felt helpless as he watched his friends and family struggle with heart disease. He felt powerless seeing relatives afflicted by cancer and diabetes.

    Now he’s fighting back.

    Bissau, a Highlands graduate student completing a human performance and sport degree with a concentration in wellness, is working to start a nonprofit to encourage healthy behaviors in underserved communities.

  • Trump administration renews border wall talk

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Money for the wall President Donald Trump wants to build along the U.S. border with Mexico must be part of the massive spending bill Congress is preparing, the White House budget director says.

    Additional funding also must be included to hire more immigration agents, Mick Mulvaney told The Associated Press in an interview in which he laid out the top priorities of the president.

  • In Brief - News - April 23, 2017

    Staff and wire reports
    Legislature seeks legal help
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature has sued Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over her budget vetoes that would effectively eliminate the legislative branch by cutting off its funding amid an escalating clash over how to resolve the state’s financial crisis.

    The Democrat-led Legislature on Friday petitioned the New Mexico Supreme Court to block vetoes that would defund the legislative branch and all state institutions of higher education in the coming fiscal year.

  • Weather - April 23, 2017


    HIGH 73° / LOW 43°
    Sunny, with a high near 73. South wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 43.
    6:18 a.m. to 7:41 p.m.


    HIGH 81° / LOW 46°
    Sunny, with a high near 81. Breezy. Monday night — mostly clear, with a low around 46. Windy.
    6:17 a.m. to 7:42 p.m.


  • Spring time fun
  • Prescription drug take-back day scheduled for April 29

    UPDATE: The location has been changed due to the weather predictions. The event will now take place at the Highlands University Student Center Ballroom at 800 National Ave. There will still be free food, live music, games, and agency information booths.

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The San Miguel County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Highlands University are sponsoring a day for the community to come together on Wednesday to safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

  • Gov defends budget vetoes

    As Gov. Susana Martinez made her way across northern New Mexico this week, continuing a public relations tour after her vetoes of the state budget and funding for higher education made national headlines, she pointed the blame for the impasse directly at state legislators.

    “I’ve been disappointed before,” she told the Optic in a one-on-one interview Tuesday, “but I’ve never felt like they left New Mexico hanging in the balance like this session. The budget they sent me is not balanced, and they overspent.”

  • Man facing 35 counts for using gas card

    A former city of Las Vegas employee has landed himself in trouble for allegedly using a credit card belonging to the city. Andres Garcia, 28, of El Llano Road allegedly used a city credit gas card to fill up tanks for out-of-town medical appointments several times between September and February while he was still on the city payroll.

    Garcia has been charged with for using a credit gas card belonging to the city 35 times over six months.