Local News

  • Newlyweds

    MacKenzie and Phillip Tapia announce their marriage on Sept. 6 at the Gutierrez-Hubble House in Albuquerque. She is the daughter of Marla and Tom Reichert of Springfield, Mo. and the groom is the son of Hank and Linda Tapia of Las Vegas. The groom is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, while the bride graduated from Missouri State University. They honeymooned in Seattle and will reside in Albuquerque.

  • Qué Pasa - 0ctober 4th, 2015


    10 a.m.
    St. Paul’s Peace Church located at the corner of 8th and National will host its  special Ecumenical Outdoor Service and a Celebration of St. Francis’ Blessing of Animals during their 10 a.m. service. Bring your pet and enjoy coffee afterwards.

    1 p.m.
    FFA Bingo will take place starting at 1 p.m. at the Father George Catholic Center. The bingo is sponsored by Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

    2:30 p.m.

  • Noticias - Oct.4, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to…
    •The “Si Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the NA helpline: 1-866-885-6562.or Frances at 575-815-8544.

  • N.M. Rep. Tomás Salazar selected for academy

    Submitted to the Optic
    The Council of State Governments West, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization serving Western state legislators of both parties in 13 Western states, has selected New Mexico State Rep. Tomas E. Salazar as a participant in its training institute for lawmakers in their first four years of service.

    The purpose of the Western Legislative Academy is to build excellence and effectiveness in state legislators in the Western region.

  • Man’s standoff with police ends peacefully

    A several-hour standoff between the Las Vegas Police Department and an armed man holed up in his Fifth Street home ended peacefully with the man surrendering to police early Wednesday.

    As a result of the standoff Aaron Martinez, 29, now faces several charges stemming from the incident that started as a domestic disturbance. Martinez is now facing a charge for criminal damage to property of a household member, a fourth degree felony, and a negligent use of a deadly weapon under the influence of an intoxicant or narcotic charge, a petty misdemeanor.

  • Alleged teen killer may face adult sanctions

    The 16-year old boy charged in July with fatally stabbing his mother’s boyfriend could face adult sanctions in the case if he’s found guilty of the crime.
    The District Attorney’s office has filed a notice of intent to seek adult sanctions against Fabian Maes, who was 15 at the time of the incident.

  • Senior Profile: Crows soar in Las Vegas

    It’s a beautiful structure impossible to overlook, at Sixth and Columbia in Las Vegas. The sign inside the fenced area announces, “Crow’s Nest Bed and Breakfast,” and welcomes those who want to have a restful and secure stay. They have three rooms set aside for this purpose.

  • National honor for Mora High School

    Mora High School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The awards were announced on Tuesday and include Mora High School, Newcomb Elementary, and Melrose Elementary School. The list contains 335 schools throughout the country.
    According to a press release from Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, Mora High School and Melrose Elementary School were selected for their progress in tightening up achievement gaps while Newcomb Elementary, located in the northwestern part of the state, was honored for being high-performing.

  • Balloon Fiesta takes off Saturday


    ALBUQUERQUE  — Hundreds of colorful hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes and from all over the world will be lifting off this weekend for the start of the 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

    The nine-day fiesta — one of the most photographed events in the world — will begin Saturday just after the sun rises as wave after wave of balloons take to the sky as part of the first mass ascension.

  • LV natives host ABQ benefit

    Las Vegas Optic
    ABQ Corks & Brews, a special benefit event taking place Saturday in Albuquerque, will provide guests the taste of various wines, craft beers and artisan chocolates.

    But it’ll have a little flavor of the Meadow City as well.

    That’s because Las Vegas natives Nicole Abreu, a West Las Vegas graduate, and David Stroud, a Robertson grad, are the individuals partnering to make the event a reality.