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  • Man jailed for shooting into the air

    A 19-year-old Mora County man has been charged with a felony for shooting a .40 caliber handgun into the air while in Las Vegas on Sunday court documents state. No one was injured.

    Daniel Gallegos, who resides on Country Road B015 in Cleveland, N.M., has been charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and with misdemeanor counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and reckless driving.

  • In Brief - News - July 29, 2015

    Optic Staff and Wire Reports

  • Looking Back - July 29, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, July 30 — Jerry Sanchez, a West Las Vegas HIgh School graduate, Christine Trujillo, a graduate of Robertson High School and Pete Laumbach, a Mora High School graduate, are the recipients of a Salman Scholarship. The $350 scholarships are renewed until graduation if the students maintain a high academic average. The scholarships are provided by Col. William Salman of La Cueva.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 29, 2015

    Luna retreat canceled
    The Luna Community College Retreat scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Donaldo A. “Tiny” Martinez West Las Vegas School District Board Room has been cancelled.

  • Weather - July 29, 2015

    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.


  • FYI - News - July 29, 2015

    A school supply donation drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Plaza Park. All donated supplies will be given to local kids for the upcoming school year.

  • Staffing changes at East

    In just a few weeks Las Vegas City Schools students will return to school. Upon their return, they will notice several administrative changes that took effect recently.

    Former Paul D. Henry Elementary principal Anthony Marquez will return to the school district after a year hiatus. In 2013, Marquez was given his walking papers by former superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, but he has since been rehired.

    Marquez will now serve as principal at Legion Park Elementary and Paul D. Henry Elementary.

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  • Woman gets 5 years in homicide

    A 43-year-old Las Vegas woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for shooting her boyfriend to death in 2013.

    Kristina Lopez pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony, and to negligent use of a deadly weapon, a petty misdemeanor, in June and was sentenced earlier this month.

    She had initially been facing a charge of second-degree murder, but that charge was dropped down to voluntary manslaughter as part of the plea agreement.

  • Event to spotlight city consolidation

    Submitted to the Optic

    People have existed on a short stretch of the banks of the Gallinas River since time immemorial, as archaeological studies reveal. Recorded history is documented by members of succeeding nations; Spanish, Mexican, United States of America. Beginning in 1821, with Independence from Spain, Mexican authority eventually established a community land grant in 1835. This northern Mexican, Spanish-speaking community, flourished as a commercial outpost located west of the River.