Local News

  • Officers cleared of wrongdoing in May shooting

    Las Vegas Optic

    The state police officers who shot and killed Arcenio Lujan just outside city limits on May 8 have been clearned of any wrongdoing, District Attorney Richard Flores announced Today.

    Lujan, who earlier that day had been fired from his city of Las Vegas job, was killed after he pointed a weapon at officers.

  • Back to school for area kids

    Back to school means two things for students: back to reality of early mornings and back to the books. For parents it means purchasing all the needed necessities, from binders to tissue. For school officials it means making sure all final touches are done and staff is in place.

    This year is no different as school officials worked throughout the summer preparing for this school year with some changes taking place at both local districts.

  • Fun at the Fair
  • Music fest kicks off Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Start with some good ol’ rock ‘n roll and add a generous portion of spicy Latin pop, flavor it with country, western and rockabilly, add a pinch of R&B gospel and stir in a hefty portion of TexMex, and what’ve you got? All the ingredients for a great weekend of music, served up in one of New Mexico’s most historic cities.

    Welcome to the Meadow City Music Festival, a growing celebration of music mixed with fun and games for everyone.

  • Governor favors expanded primaries

    The Associated Press

    Contradicting the chairman of the state Republican Party, Gov. Susana Martinez said Thursday she would support a Democratic plan allowing voters without a party affiliation to cast ballots in New Mexico primary elections.

    The Republican told the Albuquerque Journal she supports the idea because it is important for all voters to be allowed to participate in primaries.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 11, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, Aug. 12 — Nine new contributions were made last week to the annual Highlands University scholarship drive. Topping the list was the Las Vegas Savings Bank, which, through its president Dale B. Gerdeman, contributed two scholarships for a total of $420. Other full scholarships were donated by Columbia Grocery, through Mrs. Emery Mullins; Kimbell Grocery, through William Thill, manager, Mrs. Herman Ilfeld, a consistent contributor through the years, also gave one scholarship.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 11, 2014

    Luna will be closed Tuesday morning
    Luna Community College will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday as employee orientation will take place. The campus re-opens for business at 1 p.m. that day.

  • Weather - Aug. 11, 2014

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 11, 2014

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

  • State departments holding joint job fair Tuesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) will be holding a joint job fair in Santa Fe on Tuesday. There are about 200 positions open between the two cabinet agencies with various jobs located throughout the state.

    The job fair takes place from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at the New Mexico State Personnel Offices at 2600 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.