Local News

  • Breaking: Body found on Bridge Street

    Las Vegas Optic

    A body was discovered in a vehicle on Bridge Street on Monday, and authorities are trying to determine what happened to the deceased individual.

    Las Vegas police were initially investigating the matter but turned it over to state police, said Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño. He said that while Bridge Street is inside city limits, state police were called in because authorities suspect that the death may have occured outside of city limits.

  • Jailhouse Blues

    The heads of the Las Vegas Police Department, the District 2 state police office and the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department say that the county jail’s insistence on unnecessary medical clearances for individuals who have been arrested is tying up their officers for hours and jeopardizing public safety.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño, Deputy Chief Kenneth Jenkins, state police Capt. Javier Moncada and Sheriff Gary Gold took their concerns to the San Miguel County Commission last week.

  • Dons down Cards in drive to finals

    By Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    ALBUQUERQUE ­— West Las Vegas punched its ticket back to the Class 4A boys basketball state championship game Friday with a riveting 64-55 triumph over crosstown rival Robertson.

    And the Mora boys also earned a shot at a state title.

    The No. 3 seed Dons set up a rematch of last year’s state final with juggernaut Hope Christian, winner of three straight state titles. The game was set for a noon tip-off at The Pit.

  • In Brief - News - Mar. 13, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Gov names new public safety chief

    SANTA FE — The governor of New Mexico has appointed Scott Weaver to lead the Public Safety Department amid a statewide manhunt for a convicted murderer and another violent inmate who fled from a prisoner transport van.

    Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday the promotion of Weaver to secretary from acting secretary.

  • NM lawmakers rarely use work email

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico legislative leaders rarely, if ever, communicate by work email and keep private the details of breakfast and dinner appointments with industry and special interest groups, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

    The Legislature’s four top leaders provided their appointment calendars and hundreds of emails from the first week in February in response to the records request.

  • Extraordinary tactics as GOP foes struggle to stop Trump

    By Steve Peoples and Julie Pace
    The Associated Press

    MIAMI — Vote for home-state Gov. John Kasich in next Tuesday’s Ohio primary, not for Marco Rubio, Republicans are being urged ... by Marco Rubio. It’s all part of the extraordinary tactics Donald Trump’s presidential foes are resorting to in last-ditch efforts to block the party’s front-runner.

  • ACA co-ops lose millions in 2015; some expect 2016 profits

    health insurance co-ops absorbed deep financial losses last year, and 2016 is shaping up to be a make-or-break year for these nonprofit alternatives to traditional insurers.

    Officially called Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, these still-fledgling insurers were devised during the ACA’s creation to inject competition into insurance markets. But they have struggled from the start to build a customer base from scratch and deal with higher-than-expected expenses, among other problems.

  • Woman, 92, gets high school diploma

    The Associated Press

    AKRON, Ohio — A 93-year-old Ohio woman has received the high school diploma she was denied in 1942 because of rules that expelled married students.

    Dorothy Liggett was a few weeks from graduation from Akron’s North High School when officials discovered she was married.

    Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James hand-delivered the diploma to Liggett in a surprise ceremony Wednesday in suburban Fairlawn, The Akron Beacon Journal reported.

  • Que Pasa - Mar. 13, 2016


    All day
    Applications for Mustard Seed Grants are being accepted. Applications may be obtained from First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Av., Las Vegas, N.M., 87701; applications are due by Monday, March 14. Call 425-7763.

    9 a.m.
    Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District will host its monthly board meeting at the U.S. Forest Service Building. For more information, call 425-9088.
    & Ongoing

  • $364K in funding for area vetoed

    Gov. Susana Martinez pulled no punches on Wednesday, using words like “disgraceful” and “irresponsible” to describe the manner in which state lawmakers dole out money for public works projects in New Mexico.