Local News

  • For the future - Alumni couple makes $350,000 donation to NMHU Media Arts

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    When Joe and Martha McCaffrey attended New Mexico Highlands University as students, there was no media arts center at the school.

    “Nobody even knew what media arts was, back then,” Joe McCaffrey said. “My degree is in physics.”

  • Mora district employees reinstated

    Mora Schools has rehired three former employees for the remainder of this school year. In a statement sent to the Optic Wednesday afternoon, school officials announced that Edwina Romero, Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas have been reinstated at the district.

    The three educators, through the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico filed a grievance against the district, claiming they were wrongfully terminated last summer.

  • Balderas going after Dollar General

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The discount chain Dollar General is being accused by the attorney general of New Mexico of false advertising and unfair trade practices for selling what he describes as obsolete motor oil.

    A lawsuit filed Monday in state district court in Santa Fe follows numerous other legal complaints levied against the company in recent years over the sale of the motor oil to customers in Texas, Wisconsin and elsewhere.

  • In Brief - News - June 9, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Pay-to-play scam: settlement reached  
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says a district court judge has approved settlements that allow the state to recover $24.5 million in connection with politically influenced investment deals.

    The Attorney General’s Office confirmed Thursday approval of the settlement with Vanderbilt Capital Advisers and Austin Capital Management. Judge Louis McDonald dismissed rival claims on behalf of the state by former state pension fund officer Frank Foy.

  • Wrapping up Longmire
  • New alums
  • Weather - June 9, 2017


    HIGH 91° / LOW 54°
    Sunny, with a high near 91. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Friday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:16 p.m.


  • Do you still need a New Mexico Real ID?

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic, Editor

    When Iline Ireland first made a trip to the Las Vegas office of New Mexico’s Motor Vehicle Division, she wasn’t sure if she had all the right documentation to get a new “Real ID.”

    After more visits with the MVD and multiple phone calls to out-of-state offices, Ireland is a few steps closer to getting her Real ID. However, the time and other resources needed to accomplish these steps has been a large challenge.

  • Union files suit against Mora Schools

    The saga continues between Mora Independent Schools and the school’s teachers union. The issue is the reinstatement of three terminated employees, Edwina Romero, Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas. Former superintendent LeeAnn Salazar-Montoya fired the three from their positions within the school district last summer.

    In late August, the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico, seeking the reinstatement of the educators, filed a grievance against the district claiming the three were wrongfully terminated.

  • Charles Trujillo due in court again on Friday

    Former Mora schools superintendent Charles Trujillo is heading back to court on Friday for a preliminary hearing with Magistrate Judge Christopher Anthony Baca. Friday’s court hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the San Miguel Magistrate Court on Seventh Street in Las Vegas.

    Trujillo is facing a slew of fraud and forgery charges for using fake credentials to obtain state educator licenses and high-paying administrative positions with the Mora and Pecos school districts.