Local News

  • Treasure hunt fundraiser set for Sunday morning

    Submitted to the Optic

    A “video treasure hunt” fundraiser for the nursing scholarship fund at Luna Community College has drawn some big-time support.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 22, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Lawyers claim ‘vendetta’

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Lawyers for the indicted Rio Arriba Country sheriff are accusing the federal prosecutor of misconduct, saying he has a vendetta against their client and threatened him with arrest during a heated May meeting over U.S. Forest Service patrols in northern New Mexico.

  • Our Lady of Sorrows sued

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has been hit with four more lawsuits by men alleging they were sexually abused by priests as children, and one of those lawsuits also names Our Lady of Sorrows Parish as a defendant.

    The lawsuit naming Our Lady of Sorrows was filed Monday in state District Court in Albuquerque. Among other things, the suit alleges that the archdiocese empowered priests to abuse children by its handling of pedophile priests and by clinging to secrecy in order to protect them and itself from scandal.

  • Tossed syringes pose hazard

    Several dozen used syringes were discarded by the side of the road near Porkchop Hill, and they appear to have been there for quite some time. Also discarded nearby is other unsightly trash and even a couch.

    The area along county road A14A — a dirt road connecting N.M. 518 to 8th Street Extension, just north of Las Vegas — has become a favorite spot for illegal dumping. County officials say their crews are having to remove trash from the road’s right-of-way at least every two months.

  • Hackers access patient data

    The Associated Press and Optic staff

    Hospital operator Community Health Systems, which operates Alta Vista Regional Hospital and five others hospitals in New Mexico, said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.

  • Boy on bike struck by vehicle

    A 6-year-old Las Vegas boy on his bicycle sustained minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle near his home on the 2400 block of Calle Alegre Sunday night.

    The boy, Daniel E. Gonzales, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital where he was treated for abrasions. Officers responding to the accident determined that the crash was due to pedestrian error. The driver, 16-year-old Dominique Miranda, was not cited.

    According to a police report filed in the case, the accident happened just after 8 p.m.

  • 7 apply for East school board post

    The Las Vegas City Schools board will soon have a new board member. On Monday, the east side school district announced the names of the seven people who applied to fill former board member Ernesto Salazar’s seat.

    The person selected will have to run in the next school board election in order to remain on the board.

    Salazar resigned in late July, citing a new out-of-town job and health issues plaguing his father. Salazar did not recommend anyone to fill his seat.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 20, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, Aug. 24 — Three area high school seniors have been awarded William Salman Scholarships to attend Highlands University this fall, Dr. Thomas C. Donnelly, president of Highlands has announced. They are Wilma Jean Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Estus Brown; Jacqueline Ann Ferreira, daughter of Mrs. Lucille Ferreira; and Bernabe Jaramillo Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernabe Jaramillo.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 20, 2014

    Music from Angel Fire
    Music from Angel Fire Las Vegas Concert, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at Ilfeld auditorium on the Highlands campus. For more information, call 575-377-3233 or 888-377-3300.