Local News

  • Looking Back - Aug. 21, 2016

    In 1966
    Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1966 — Carlos Ernesto Garcia of Las Vegas has become the first Cooperative student to earn a Doctor of Science Degree at New Mexico State University. Garcia is now employed in the Research and Development Division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology at Socorro. He graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1953. His mother, Mrs. Rose A. Garcia, resides in Las Vegas. He is married to the former Anita Bencomo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Bencomo of Las Cruces.

  • Prof. leads Pulitzer Prize reading group at NMHU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    An upcoming reading group at Highlands University will explore five Pulitzer Prize works of fiction that focus on the American experience.

    The Pulitzer reading and discussion group begins Sept. 1 and will be led by Highlands University English professor and American literature scholar Brandon Kempner.

  • Jealously apparent motive in attack

    A court hearing will be held next week to determine whether there’s sufficient evidence to send a Las Vegas man to trial for allegedly running over another man and then fleeing on foot.

    Jacob Mejillas, 18, of the 2300 block of Anderson Drive, has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery-causing great bodily harm, both third-degree felonies, and with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a vehicle.

  • Get ready to laugh - Top comedian to perform here

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    One of the top stand-up comedians in the country will perform at Highlands University Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Complex, 1241 9th St. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Gabriel Iglesias, also known as “Fluffy,” routinely sells out to audiences around the globe from Madison Square Garden in New York City to venues in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, among other countries.

  • WLV educator to head Rio Gallinas

    Kirk Ludi, a well-known educator, has taken a new position as director of Rio Gallinas School of Ecology and Arts. He replaces Gerald Garcia who abruptly resigned in early July with one-year remaining on his three-year contract with the local charter school.

    In a statement from the school’s governing board, Ludi said, “I plan to work collaboratively with staff, students, parents and community to continue the success of Rio Gallinas.”

  • New pastor to be active in community

    By Sharon Vander Meer
    For the Optic

    Although she is new to Las Vegas, the city’s new Presbyterian minister intends to stick around through the good and the bad.

    The Rev. Katie Palmer arrived in Las Vegas in May and will be installed as pastor at the First United Presbyterian Church of Las Vegas at 3 p.m. Sunday.

  • Gov to call special session for budget

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Thursday she will call for a special legislative session to address a budget crunch that has been building because of dwindling state revenues and weak energy prices.

    The governor’s office is talking with House and Senate leaders, hoping all parties will be prepared to reach quick and easy agreements on shoring up the state’s finances that will make the special session brief.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 19, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 10 and Aug. 17:

    Quirino Villanueva, 20, bench warrant: failure to appear, concealing identity, driving on a suspended/revoked license, improper equipment, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    John Chavez, 34, bench warrant: failure to appear for child support, District Court
    Dion C’de Baca, 37, four-month commitment, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Weather - Aug. 19, 2016


    HIGH 84° / LOW 53°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
    6:23 a.m. to 7:44 p.m.


    HIGH 72° / LOW 51°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind around 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:24 a.m. to 7:43 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Aug. 19, 2016

    In 1966
    Thursday, Aug. 11, 1966 — Hail, larger than golf balls, pounded Mora streets and surroundings late Wednesday afternoon. Total extent of damage is believed to be over several thousand dollars. Most every home in Mora and vicinity experienced broken windows and severe damage to gardens and plant life. Few homes were protected from the raging hail, some being as large as oranges, which battered the town