Local News

  • Vegas man sentenced to 92 months

    A Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and cocaine trafficking charges was sentenced Thursday to more than seven years in federal prison.
    A federal judge sentenced Ruben Estrada, 54, to 92 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for his role in the drug trafficking scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

  • Interim education dean to retire

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

  • Looking Back - June 22, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, June 18 — After nearly four years of work on the part of many individuals and groups, the renovation of the East Wing of the St. Anthony’s Hospital has been completed, Sister Ann Raymond has announced. Proceeds from the annual Mardi Gras as well as private donations from Las Vegas residents and friends of the hospital from out of town have made the renovation possible.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 22, 2015

    ‘Garden party’ at Wildlife Refuge
    Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge will have a “garden party” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Refuge Visitor Center’s pollinator garden. Bring gloves, hand tools, a small stool or pad to sit on and plenty of energy. Volunteers will remove aggressive, invasive, exotic species to give the native plants a chance to take over. The butterflies, bees, and birds will appreciate your support! Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Sonya Berg at 425-6680.

  • Legislative chamber to trade in old technology

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

  • In Brief - News - June 22, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Jobless rate still at 6.2 percent

    New Mexico’s unemployment rate stayed at 6.2 percent in May while the state continued a long string of over-the-year job growth.
    The Department of Workforce Solutions said Friday the economy added 8,200 nonfarm jobs last month compared with May 2014, when the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.
    The department said May was New Mexico’s 33rd consecutive month with over-the-year employment growth.

  • ‘American Idol’ to audition singing hopefuls in Santa Fe this Friday

    The Associated Press

  • President’s farewell
  • Noticias - June 22, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Substance Abuse Groups: Tuesday and Thursday evenings @ 5:30, location 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas, NM Call: 505-425-2687
    • Western Mora Soil and Water Conservation District has new hours: 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On days when regular or special meetings are scheduled, the office will be open from noon to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Megan McCawley-Rivera at 575-387-2424 ext. 5.

  • Qué Pasa - June 22, 2015

    • The Las Vegas Arts Council is offering summer art experience for children between 10 and 12. The camp will take place from Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26. This camp’s focus will be regional history, writing and drawing. Two field trips are planned for this camp, including one to Fort Union National Monument and the other to Pecos National Monument. This camp is limited to 12. Cost for each camp is $50 for the week with all materials supplied. Registration for the camps take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at 140 Bridge St.