Local News

  • BREAKING; Kelt Cooper hired as LVCS superintendent

    Kelt Cooper has been named the next superintendent of Las Vegas City Schools. The board approved a two-year contract with Cooper by unanimous decision on Saturday afternoon.

    See Wednesday’s Optic for comprehensive coverage of Cooper’s hiring.

  • ‘My daughter would still be alive’

    “It’s a boy!” Those were among the last words those closest to 26-year-old Desiree Castillo heard her say. 

    Castillo and her husband, Carlos, were excited after learning that the baby they were expecting was a boy. They had been in Santa Fe for a pregnancy checkup. Desiree had been receiving prenatal care in Las Vegas until Alta Vista Regional Hospital closed its OB unit.

    What started off as a happy day turned tragic.

  • Shots fired outside Eagles bar

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 24-year-old Wagon Mound man ended up behind bars last week for allegedly firing multiple shots outside of the Eagles lodge after he was thrown out of the bar for quarreling with another patron.

  • Free dental work available this week

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    If you’ve been putting off dental work because you just can’t afford it you might want to clear your schedule on Friday and Saturday.

    Dentists from throughout the state will be in Santa Fe on those days volunteering their time to provide free basic dental care to adults and children who need it. Among the services that will be provided are fillings, extractions, temporary partials, limited root canals and cleanings.

  • In Brief - News - April 3, 2016

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    Info sought in poaching case

    RATON – Department of Game and Fish conservation officers are seeking information regarding a suspected illegal killing of a buck pronghorn antelope sometime Wednesday, March 30, between Raton and Clayton.

  • Sen. seeks opinion on testing

    The Associated Press

    A state senator from southwest New Mexico wants Attorney General Hector Balderas to weigh in on whether parents can legally opt out their children from taking an upcoming standardized test.

    Democrat Howie Morales of Silver City says parents have a fundamental right to direct the education of their children and that includes whether they take assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

    Morales sent a letter to Balderas on Thursday, asking for a formal opinion.

  • Exploration of underwater cave turns deadly

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    and Paul Davenport
    The Associated Press

    A deep-water exploration of the maze-like passageways underneath a well-known swimming hole in New Mexico turned deadly when an experienced California diver helping with the effort drowned.

    Authorities said Thursday the investigation suggests 43-year-old Shane Thompson’s death below the Blue Hole, a tourist destination in the community of Santa Rosa, was an accidental drowning.

  • Students of all abilities welcome

    By Mary Keck and Lauren Slavin
    The Herald-Times

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — It’s Circle Time in Ellie Richardson’s preschool class at Clear Creek Elementary.

    On a red, blue, orange and green rug covered in squares, about 10 children sit cross-legged. They sing, clap and wiggle as they count the number of days that have passed on the March calendar and say their ABCs.

  • Blaze consumes 750 acres
  • Mozart Fest is Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Bach Society Chorale and Orchestra join the Highlands University Madrigal Choir and Concert Choir for Mozart Fest 2016 Sunday at 2 p.m.

    The performance in Ilfeld Auditorium is the largest classical music celebration ever performed at Highlands. Ticket prices are $8 general admission, with no charge for students with valid IDs.

    Ilfeld Auditorium is at 900 University Ave., Las Vegas.