Local News

  • System Failure: The Trujillo connection — Another fraudulent letter discovered

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    The letter to the state Public Education Department’s Professional Licensure Bureau looks legitimate.

    It’s on Luna Community College letterhead, and it spells out Vanessa Sidransky’s seven years of experience as a “full-time adjunct professor.”

  • Opiod makers rebelling

    The Associated Press

    The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction.

  • Cases of crypto investigated

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health are investigating cases of cryptosporidiosis among state residents.

    They say there have been six confirmed cases of “crypto” — a diarrheal disease caused by microscopic parasites — since Aug. 31.

    Each reported consuming raw milk products.

    The affected individuals are from Bernalillo County.

    Epidemiologists, laboratory staff and inspectors are working to confirm the source of the outbreak.

  • Gov details fight for Facebook data center

    The Associated Press

    It won’t be long before the bulldozers start clearing a lonely patch of rangeland in central New Mexico to make way for the newest of the massive data centers located around the globe that keep Facebook humming.

    The social media giant plans to break ground in October, setting in motion what Gov. Susana Martinez and other officials hope to be a cascade of economic development in the high-tech sector.

  • Weather - Sept. 18, 2016


    HIGH 80° / LOW 49°
    Sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Sunday night —mostly clear, with a low around 49.
    6:46 a.m. to 7:03 p.m.


    HIGH 82° / LOW 52°
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
    6:47 a.m. to 7:01 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 18, 2016

    Tuesday, Sept.13, 1966 — Dr. Henry Rynders will assume the duties of medical director of the Meadows Home Thursday. He replaces Dr. Joseph Shapiro who has retired and is moving to California. Dr. Rynders, a native of the Netherlands, where he has been in active practice prior to World War II, came first to the United States on an invitation from Columbia University’s College of Physicians to become a professor of anatomy.

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  • Senior Lunch Menu — Sept. 18, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Chicken fettuccine, carrots and peppers with margarine, garlic bread, and yogurt

    Open face turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, and peaches

    Posole, calabacitas, salad with dressing, flour tortilla, and cookie

    Chicken strips, white cream gravy, augrautin potatoes, biscuit, and strawberry upside-down cake

  • System Failure: Optic investigation finds 7 more with deficient education licenses

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Many New Mexico teachers spend decades in the classroom and never quite make it to Level 3, a coveted designation that means more money, greater stature and indicates that the individual successfully toiled away to become a master educator.

    Then there’s Thomas Trujillo.

  • Preserving NM’s heritage

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University media arts students helped preserve and promote New Mexico’s rich cultural heritage in 2016 by creating museum exhibits, websites, mobile apps, videos and more for cultural institutions across the state.

    The students are paid interns in the university’s one-of-a kind AmeriCorps Cultural Technology program, or ACT. Their projects were center stage at Highlands Sept. 9 for a tech showcase and AmeriCorps graduation ceremony.