Local News

  • UWC graduation Saturday

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    A 1987 United World College-USA alumnus known for his leadership in Nepal’s green movement will return to the Montezuma campus as this year’s commencement speaker.

    Bhushan Tuladhar will be joined at the podium by student speaker Antonio Andrade Luque of Colombia for the ceremony, which begins 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Some 115 students representing 75 countries will receive their graduation certificates from the two-year residential school.

    The ceremony, which will also feature the African Chorus, is open to the public.

  • NMHU alumnus seeks Lt. Gov. seat

    A New Mexico Highlands University alumnus has announced plans to run for lieutenant governor in 2018.

    David McTeigue, a lifelong New Mexican and native of Hondo who earned a business degree from NMHU in 1995, said he wants to reduce tax burden on working citizens, improve crime-fighting efforts and begin a turnaround of the state economy.

  • Four arrested on drug charges

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Las Vegas Police recently arrested 10 people in a two-day span on drug and probation-violation charges.

    On May 10, the Las Vegas Police Department’s Investigations Division executed a search warrant at 519 Kemm Drive, arresting Robert Bowie, 37, Albert Lucero, 22, Zachery Lucero, 21, and Jessica Rivera, 29. Bowie was charged with trafficking a controlled substance. Albert and Zachery Lucero was booked on paraphernalia charges, with Zachery Lucero picking an evading charge for attempting to flee the scene.

  • Jail Log - May 19, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 10 and 17:

  • Weather - May 19, 2017


    HIGH 62° / LOW 34°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Friday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
    5:53 a.m. to 8:02 p.m.


    HIGH 67° / LOW 40°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Saturday night — mostly clear, with a low around 40.
    5:52 a.m. to 8:03 p.m.

  • Law Enforcement Torch Run
  • Rider safety is main focus of annual bike rodeo event

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    The 26nd annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of the Wilson Gym Complex at Highlands University.

    All boys and girls ages five to 12 are invited to participate. For an entry fee of $5 each participant will receive a new bicycle helmet provided by the New Mexico Safe Kids Coalition. The new helmet will be properly fitted for each youngster. 

  • Bradner project approaches

    One of the city’s primary water storage facilities, Bradner Dam is on track for the start of a planned $7.6 million improvement project.

    In their most recent work session, Las Vegas City Council members heard an update on the project from representatives of URS, the firm overseeing Bradner’s rehabilitation.

    URS told councilors that planners are “on schedule for getting thing submitted to the state engineer.” Specifically, final design plans are set to be delivered on May 26.

  • Gonzales: Resist hatred

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    Resist division and hatred, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales told graduates at the Highlands University main campus commencement May 13.

    A record number of 1,051 students graduated from Highlands and its centers, with 633 earning their diplomas in Las Vegas. Of these total graduates, 66 percent earned bachelor’s degrees and 34 percent completed master’s degrees.

    Gonzales said division makes both individual and collective progress formidable, if not impossible.

  • Teacher enters governor’s race

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Alcohol-prevention teacher Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe on Monday announced his run for governor of New Mexico as a Democrat, pledging to seek progressive solutions to issues of early childhood education, access to health care and poverty.

    A New Mexico resident since 1995, DeBenedittis described himself as a political outsider who does not owe favors to past campaign contributors.