Local News

  • City Lodgers board makes recommendation

    By Jason W. Brooks Las Vegas Optic Editor

    In Tuesday’s two-hour, 15-minute special meeting, the City of Las Vegas Lodgers Tax Advisory Board didn’t do a lot of voting or creating of recommendations.

    However, it cleared up a number of responsibility-sharing questions involving the role of the board versus those of various city staff and the Las Vegas City Council, and did make one concrete short-term recommendation on how to distribute lodgers tax funds.

  • Mora County sues opioid manufacturers

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic editor

    Mora County is not the biggest place with the most resources. In fact, it's the sixth smallest county in New Mexico, both in area and population.

    However, the small county has decided it has had enough of a enormous problem and is trying to take the lead in tackling it. An Albuquerque law firm, in a recent news release, claims Mora County has become the first New Mexico governmental entity to seek damages against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid pain killers.

  • ‘Be-an’ a pig
  • MainStreet de Las Vegas receives PGP grant

    Submitted to the Optic

    Preserving Las Vegas history is the shared job of public and private organizations, including the nonprofit MainStreet de Las Vegas.

  • Student protest
  • The 30th Millfest Celebration
  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Judge could open priest abuse docs
    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico judge is reviewing three binders filled with years-old documents on three former Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children to decide what records should and shouldn’t be released to the public.

    Judge Alan Malott said Friday there is good cause to open sealed records, but that he will review them “with an eye toward what is appropriate for public disclosure.”

  • Organ concert set for Sept. 15 at OLOS

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas is home to many unique and historic buildings, including Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, whose present site dates back to 1852. But it’s what’s inside the church that has gained national attention: the church’s historic 1885 Kilgen mechanical tracker pipe organ.

  • In Brief - National News - Sept. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Trump to phase out DACA
    President Donald Trump will phase out a program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children. He will call for Congress to find a legislative solution to protect the immigrants, who are often called “Dreamers.”

  • ‘Build the wall’ takes back seat to rebuilding after Harvey

    By Norman Merchant and Will Weissert
    The Associated Press

    HOUSTON — The U.S. government carefully designed a path of least resistance to building a border wall in Texas, picking a wildlife refuge and other places it already owns or controls to quickly begin construction. All it needed was Congress to approve the money.

    Then came Harvey.