Local News

  • Looking ahead - News - April 15, 2015

    Arts and Crafts Fair planned for Saturday
    Spring Blossom Arts and Crafts Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Sala De Madrid. The fair is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. For more information call Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 454-4434.

  • Weather - April 15, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Sunny, with a high near 63. Windy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, increasing to 25-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, becoming north 15-20 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.


  • Gov axes Mora funding

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed the $6.2 billion state budget Thursday afternoon, but not before eliminating several earmarks, including the $1.8 million that lawmakers had inserted in the bill for the Mora County Complex.

    The governor didn’t hold back in her veto message, taking the opportunity to blast the Mora County project, which has been stalled for years.

  • Helping the hungry

    Las Vegas Optic

    A total of 5,674 pounds of food was collected for hungry area residents during a community-wide food drive last month.

    The drive was facilitated locally by city councilor Vince Howell and was a collaborative effort by the Food Depot and the Agency Relations Council. The drive concentrated specifically on protein.

  • Weather - April 13, 2015

    Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 15-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.


  • Budget boosts education, child welfare spending

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed a $6.2 billion budget Thursday boosting spending for education, child welfare, public safety and economic development.

    “This is a responsible budget that invests heavily in creating jobs and educating our children,” Martinez said. The signing was held at IntelliCyt, a 42-employee Albuquerque company which produces tools to facilitate the study of cells.

  • In Brief - News - April 13, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Bills aim to boost film production

    A pair of bills signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez are designed to give a boost to the state’s already booming film industry.

    A measure signed Friday expands the state’s film incentive program to allow qualifying television pilot episodes to receive additional rebates.

    Television productions currently qualify for a 30 percent tax rebate on direct expenditures if they film at least six episodes. The new law would allow pilots to receive that level of rebate.

  • HU’s Donnelly Library holding used book sale

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Book lovers will have a chance to stock up on a wide variety of best sellers, classics and nonfiction at the Donnelly Library used book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

    Donnelly Library at Highlands University is adjacent to the Student Union Building. The book sale will be in the library’s first floor lobby.

    The books are priced to sell at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardbacks. On April 17 from noon to 4 p.m. bargain hunters can fill a bag of books for just $2.

  • Foster parent information meeting Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The public is invited to an information meeting  at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Traveler’s Café at 1814 Plaza to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

    Currently there are 45 children in the tri-county area in the foster care system. There is an urgent need for more foster parents in this community. 

  • Gun taken to East school

    A Memorial Middle School student was arrested last week after school officials discovered an unloaded handgun inside his backpack.

    The 14-year-old student, who the Optic is not naming due to his age, was transported to the Taos Juvenile Detention Center. He has been charged with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon.

    As of press time, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova was out of town on work-related business and hadn’t responded to an email from the Optic seeking information about the incident.