Local News

  • Working the System - Former PED bureau chief, now Mora super, faked credentials

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    To say that Charles E. Trujillo worked the system on his way up the ladder to a $100,000-a-year job as the superintendent of the Mora Independent School District would be a gross understatement.

  • Mora superintendent caught lucky break

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    In his quest to become the Mora Independent School District’s top administrator, Charles Trujillo caught a lucky break: Two of his toughest rivals for the Mora superintendent job were disqualified from consideration on technicalities.

  • Plea reached in boarding home deaths

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Four days before they were set to go on trial for the 2013 deaths of their two boarding home residents, Denise A. Encinias, 42, and Jose Encinias, 49, entered into a plea deal with prosecutors.

    The couple appeared before District Judge Abigail Aragon on Thursday, and they each pleaded no contest to two counts of neglect of a resident resulting in death, second degree felonies.

    Denise Encinias is facing five years of probation. Jose Encinias is facing up to 10 years in prison.

  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 18, 2015

    Looking ahead
    A free legal fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday at Highlands University’s Student Union Building, at 800 National Ave. Various civil matters can be addressed, and bilingual attorneys will be available. Attorneys will provide the free consultations on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Funds raised to help special needs dogs

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas animal shelter will have a new home for special-needs dogs, thanks to community donations.

    Hubble’s Home for Forgotten Dogs received more than $3,200 through the website GoFundMe.com to construct the building.

    “We receive a lot of dogs that can’t go straight into the kennels,” said Martina Holguin, director of the Animal Welfare Coalition Pet Center in Las Vegas. “They either have some medical issues or behavioral issues where we need to bring down the stress level.”

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 18, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Panel to meet to choose nominee
    ALBUQUERUQE  — Eight candidates, including five current and former state judges, are vying to fill a seat on the New Mexico Supreme Court.
    The state Judicial Nominating Commission released their applications for public review this week and will meet Monday to consider applications.
    Gov. Susana Martinez will make a final selection for outgoing Supreme Court Justice Richard Bosson’s seat based on the committee’s recommendations.

  • Forfeiture reform aligns conservative, liberal groups

    By Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    A push for more states to restrict law enforcement from seizing cash and property from people during traffic stops is aligning the likes of conservative billionaire Charles Koch and the American Civil Liberties Union, known for championing many liberal causes.

    Both contend the practice known as civil asset forfeiture has come to represent an overused law enforcement tactic that violates citizens’ private property rights, especially when there’s insufficient evidence of a crime.

  • Weather - Oct. 18, 2015


    HIGH 70° / LOW 46°
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    7:10 a.m. to 6:22 p.m.


    HIGH 68° / LOW 45°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
    7:11 a.m. to 6:20 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Oct. 18. 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, Oct. 18, 1965 — Lorenzo E. Tapia of Albuquerque, a 1957 graduate of Highlands University, has offered to contribute $50 annually to the Highlands University Forensic Club. Tapia is the first member of the Forensic Club to sponsor a speech event. While at Highlands, Tapia was elected president of the Forensic Club when it was first organized in 1955. He was also a charter member of the campus chapter of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha National Speech Society. He received his law degree from Washington College of Law at American University.

  • West confirms FBI probe

    The FBI has paid a visit to West Las Vegas High School for an investigation into what community activist Lorenzo Flores calls “child pornography.”

    On Wednesday evening, Flores addressed the district board, questioning why the school district never informed the general public about this situation.