Local News

  • Trujillo will stand trial in Mora case

    By Mercy López and Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Charles E. Trujillo, clad in a light colored sport coat, sat quietly next to his attorney Sam Bregman during a five-hour preliminary hearing on Friday. Every so often, Trujillo would pass Bregman a note as part of his defense for allegedly using fake credentials to become superintendent of Mora Independent Schools in 2015, a position that paid $100,000 annually.

  • West admins in place

    Students are on summer break, but it isn’t really a break for the West Las Vegas School District administration team.

    Monday, West Superintendent Christopher Gutierrez told the Optic that he has his administrative team in place for the upcoming school year.

    “I think it is going to be a good year,” Gutierrez said.

    In May, Gutierrez opened up several administrative positions within the district in an effort to reorganize and due to budget issues.

  • Deceased man found behind building

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Las Vegas Police were called to a building where a man’s body had been discovered Monday afternoon by passers-by.

    The body of a man, later identified as Ruben Ulibarri, 52, of Las Vegas, was discovered behind an industrial building near the intersection of 12th Street and National Avenue.

    Ulibarri's cause of death will be determined by the state’s medical investigator. Police said there were no signs of blunt trauma or other foul play at the scene. 

  • Battling hunger - Summer food program under way

    One out of four New Mexico children do no know where their next meals will come from, including many Las Vegas children. But both local school districts want to insure that children have  free healthy nutritious meals throughout the summer.

    Both local districts have opened their doors to offer breakfast and lunch to students. Anyone under the age of 18 may pick up a free breakfast or lunch at area schools.

    Last week, many families were seeing spending time playing at local parks while enjoying free lunches provided by the districts.

  • Police officer facing DWI charge

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    City Public Information Officer Lee Einer said Tuesday that a Las Vegas Police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after the officer was arrested for DWI over the weekend.

    Devin J. Adkins, 28, was arrested late Saturday afternoon after he was denied alcohol at Camel Rock Casino due to intoxication, then drove away from the casino in his vehicle, according to a report.

    He was due in Santa Fe Magistrate court Wednesday.

  • In Brief - News - June 14, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Gov. Martinez lifts hiring freeze
    SANTA FE — A hiring freeze New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez ordered in March is being lifted after state finances stabilized.

    A state Personnel Office spokesman told the Santa Fe New Mexican last week that the restrictions on new state hiring were lifted because it appears the state budget year won’t end with a deficit on June 30.

  • Weather - June 14, 2017


    HIGH 87° / LOW 50°
    Sunny, with a high near 87. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night ­— clear, with a low around 50.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:18 p.m.


    HIGH 90° / LOW 50°
    Sunny, with a high near 90. North wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Thursday night — clear, with a low around 50.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:18 p.m.

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  • Trujillo will stand trial in Mora case

    By Mercy López and Dave Kavanaugh

    Charles E. Trujillo, who allegedly used faked credentials to become superintendent of the Mora Independent Schools in 2015, will face multiple criminal charges in district court, a judge has decided.

    Judge Christopher Anthony Baca, out of Santa Rosa, bound the case over for trial after a five-hour preliminary hearing Friday in magistrate court.

  • A new chief for NMHU

    By Margaret  McKinney
    N.M. Highlands University

    Clarence Romero is the new police chief at New Mexico Highlands University, bringing more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, including 20 years in management, to the university.

    Romero is already a familiar face at Highlands. He joined the Police Department in 2012 as a patrol officer and served as interim police chief since January 2017 after Chief Donato Sena retired.