Local News

  • City police arrest robbery suspects

    These alleged robbers are probably wishing they had skipped the Crown Royal.

    Las Vegas police have arrested two men in connection with last week’s armed robbery of Leger’s Package Liquor. And the break in the case came as a result of the suspects going to Wal-Mart after the robbery to buy Coca-Cola to drink with the Crown Royal Apple that one of them took from Leger’s, along with the cash.

  • NM considers opening primaries to all voters

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic state lawmakers have introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to open Democratic and Republican primary elections in New Mexico to all voters amid a surge in independent voter registration.

    Currently, only Republicans and Democrats can vote in their respective primary elections in New Mexico. Critics say the system effectively disenfranchises independent voters and contributes to low election turnout.

  • Ayana’s Battle

    Ayana Jaramillo is a young, dynamic and happy girl who enjoys cheering on the sidelines at sport games. These days she has hundreds cheering her on as she battles acute myeloid leukemia, a rare form of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

    The 6-year-old kindergarten student was diagnosed with the highly aggressive disorder on Nov. 15 and is currently at the halfway point of her treatment. On Thursday, the Robertson High School Dream Makers organization will host a blood drive in her honor from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Michael Marr Gymnasium.

  • East chief submits resignation

    Ruben Cordova is once again heading into retirement.

    The Las Vegas City Schools superintendent submitted his resignation letter to the board on Thursday evening. The resignation will become effective on April 30.

    Because the resignation wasn’t listed on the meeting agenda, the board was unable to officially accept it on Thursday. The board will likely vote to accept the resignation during an upcoming meeting.

    “I think it is time for me to move on,” Cordova told the Optic on Friday morning.

  • Council hopefuls talk shop

    Three of five candidates seeking election to the Las Vegas City Council shared their thoughts on everything from the minimum wage to code enforcement in a public forum Wednesday evening at New Mexico Highlands University’s student center.

    As with Tuesday’s mayoral forum, this one was co-sponsored by ADELANTE and the local chapter of the American Association of University Women. Candidates were provided a half hour each to introduce themselves and answer pre-screened questions from audience members.

  • County supports protecting the Pecos

    As local elected officials, we love San Miguel County very much. We love our people, our communities, and our great outdoors. In fact, it is our protected lands and waters that make us a star on the map for locals and visitors alike.

    Our county has so much to offer when it comes to ways to enjoy our great outdoors. People come to hunt and fish in our amazing back country, mountain bike and ski on our well-known trails, or just take in the quiet of nature in our pristine national forests.

  • NM lobbyists dole out $750K in campaign contributions

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Lobbyists and their clients handed out about $750,000 in campaign contributions to New Mexico lawmakers, Gov. Susana Martinez and others in the months leading up to this year’s legislative session, according to the latest disclosure reports.

    The contributions were in addition to nearly $90,000 spent by lobbyists since last spring for food, drinks, gifts and entertainment for lawmakers and other state officials.

  • Cultural film series debuts at Ilfeld on Thursday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University debuts a weekly Cultural Film Series that gives audiences the opportunity to experience other cultures from around the world and their views on film-making.

    The free films will screen each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave. The series features foreign and independent films as well as documentaries like He Named Me Malala, which is slated for Thursday.

  • Dear Teacher - Jan. 24, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: What techniques can really help improve a high school student’s writing? —Improvement Needed
    Answer: Here are some techniques that all high school students should try to implement that will definitely help to improve their writing:

    • Always print out and read: Never try to re-read on screen. Somehow, even the best writer’s brain freezes over when they do so.

  • Secretary of State candidate Toulouse Oliver visits Mora

    Secretary of State candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver paid a special visit to Mora last weekend to meet with county Democrats during their country convention. She currently is clerk for Bernalillo County.

    The upcoming election is her second bid for the state’s top election official. In 2014 she lost to Republican Dianna Duran; who has since resigned from the position after admitting her use of campaign funds to cover her gambling addiction.