Local News

  • Congressman stops by Optic office

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján was on his way to a Mora-area acequia event Feb. 17. His staff arranged for him to stop by the Optic and answer questions for about 30 minutes.

  • Hearing on Trujillo case set for March 23

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A hearing is set for March 23 in Fourth District Court in Las Vegas regarding a motion by the defense attorney for Charles E. Trujillo. 

  • Small group at forum covers much ground

    About 60 people attended a forum hosted by the  Optic on Tuesday in advance of the City of Las Vegas elections.

    Unfortunately, only three candidates were there.

    Municipal Judge challenger Steve Pacheco, Ward 1 City Council candidate Oliver L'Esperance and Ward 4 candidate David G. Romero were the only ones who came to the 90-minute forum, held in a lecture hall on the Highlands University campus. That meant all three men were asked questions by the audience that covered many subject areas.

  • Buffalo Soldiers presentation

    Theresa Wesner/For the Optic

    James Shephard of Fort Union National Monument present information and items from the Buffalo Soldiers era Saturday at the City of Las Vegas Museum.

    The presentation is part of the city’s “Saturdays at the Museum” series.

    More photos will be featured in an upcoming edition.

  • Tri-county poverty summit slated

    Issues impacting San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties will be discussed in the March 29 Tri-County Poverty Summit.

    Rock Ulibarri, San Miguel County Commissioner, and Yolanda Cruz, coordinator for the county’s DWI Program, are spearheading the event, to be held at the United World College in Montezuma.

    Organizers are seeking attendance from government agencies, non-profit agencies, community members and leaders, youth involvement, members of the business, educational and health and behavioral health sectors.

  • Study: Inequality persists 50 years after landmark report

    By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Barriers to equality pose threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, according to study made public Tuesday that examines the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 Kerner Report.

  • Cars and Courts

    It’s not an easy job for a used-vehicle dealership to more a car from an auction and into a customer’s hands.

    Not only does it take a great deal of paperwork, phone calls and emails and ferrying of vehicles to and from mechanics and arranging car washes, it also can take up a lot of owners’ time in court business.

  • RHS principal Yara retires suddenly

    By Alice L. Wagoner, Las Vegas Optic

    Robertson High School principal Mike Yara, announced his retirement effective the end of the school semester, Superintendent Kelt Cooper said Thursday.

    Cooper said reports that the principal was escorted out of the school and that he was fired are untrue, though Yara has been relieved of his duties with the district.

    “There’s a lot of talk in a small community,” he said. “People put a lot of spin on things.”

  • City Schools adopts security measures

    In response to the recent campus shooting in Florida and rumored threats against area schools, the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education, by a unanimous vote, during its regular monthly meeting Thursday night, directed Superintendent Kelt Cooper to begin the process of implementing extra security measures.

    These new measures will be utilized at the greater Robertson High School campus, which includes Memorial Middle School.

  • Stepping Forward

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Jessica Weber is a first-generation, non-traditional college student.
    Mother, wife, student, and employee are some of the hats she wears.

    To truly understand Weber, you have to understand her journey.
    Weber, 31, will graduate from Luna Community College in May 2018, with an associate of science degree in general science.