Local News

  • Woman charged with DWI after heading wrong way on I-25

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas woman was booked on aggravated DWI charges Sunday after a New Mexico State Police officer pulled her over while she was driving south in the northbound lanes of I-25.

    At about 4 p.m. Sunday, New Mexico State Police dispatch received several calls about a wrong-way driver near Mile Marker 357, north of Las Vegas.

  • Suit focused on K-12 funding

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A lawsuit that could upend the way New Mexico’s public schools are funded went to trial Monday to resolve accusations that the state is failing to meet constitutional obligations to provide essential educational opportunities to all students.

    Parents, school districts and advocacy groups say that New Mexico’s education system isn’t meeting its responsibilities for Native American students, low-income students and those learning English as a second language.

  • In Brief - News - June 16, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Trafficking victim sues APD
    ALBUQUERQUE — A sex-trafficking victim who called 911 to report she was being held hostage is suing the Albuquerque Police Department and two of its officers on grounds that they did not rescue her when they could have.

    The lawsuit claims police failed to adequately investigate after she called for help, which created a situation where her captor then raped her, beat her and shaved her head in retaliation, KOB-TV reported. The victim remained a hostage days after calling 911.

  • PNM management meets in Boston

    From The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE,  — PNM Resources management will meet with analysts and investors this week in Boston.

    During the meetings, management is expected to affirm the company’s 2017 consolidated ongoing earnings guidance of $1.77 to $1.87 per diluted share.

    Presentation materials are available on the company’s website at http://www.pnmresources.com/investors/events.cfm.

    PNM Resources  is an energy holding company, based in Albuquerque, with 2016 consolidated operating revenues of $1.4 billion.

  • Marijuana rejected as remedy for N.M. opiate addicts

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s top health official has rejected state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommendations to add opiate dependence and Alzheimer’s disease to the list of conditions that qualify a person to legally buy medical marijuana.

  • Man, found deceased behind building, identified

    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.

  • Weather - June 16, 2017


    HIGH 93° / LOW 55°
    Sunny, with a high near 93. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Friday night — mostly clear, with a low around 55.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:18 p.m.


    HIGH 94° / LOW 54°
    Sunny, with a high near 94. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Saturday night — mostly clear, with a low around 54.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:19 p.m.

  • Highlands to offer High School Equivalence Test

    Submitted to the Optic

    Highlands University begins offering New Mexico HiSET, a high school equivalency exam on June 21 and June 22 at the main campus.

    The Highlands Office of Academic Support will offer the test, which is also scheduled at Highlands for July 5 to July 6 and Aug. 9 to Aug. 10. Tentative fall testing dates include Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, Nov. 8 and Nov. 9, and Dec. 7 and Dec. 8.

  • 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.