Local News

  • The Associate Press explains: Why Latinos and Spanish remain political issue

    By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An attack on 18-year-old Cuban-American and Parkland activist Emma González for not speaking Spanish by an Iowa Republican congressman’s campaign staff highlights the pressures U.S.-born Latinos face on language.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, April 1, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 21 and March 26, 2018:

    Joseph A. Montaño, Metro Court Warrant, Bernalillo / Las Vegas Municipal Court.

    Gabriel A. Romero, Metro Court Warrant, Bernalillo / Metro Court.

    Justin Perkins, Shoplifting, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Maria T. Vigil, Bench Warrant Arrest, Adult Probation.

  • Record number of students at GEAR UP Event

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A record number of approximately 900 middle and high school students from across the state visited the New Mexico Highlands campus Feb. 28 to get a head start on becoming college students.
    The students were on campus for a GEAR UP New Mexico college visit Highlands co-hosted. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, April 1, 2018

    Business as usual
    I am writing this in the hopes that you will have the guts to print a letter that expresses disappointment in your lack of coverage of the recent Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer visit to Luna Community College.

    Your failure to cover the efforts put forth by LCC students, staff, faculty and administration is disappointing and, unfortunately, business as usual for the Optic.

  • City moves cleanup date

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Due to the Easter and Good Friday holidays, the Ward 3 Clean-up and Amnesty Day originally scheduled for March 31 has been rescheduled for April 7 and will happen in conjunction with the Ward 4 Clean-up and Amnesty Day.

    Also, City of Las Vegas offices will close at noon on Friday in observance of Good Friday.

  • MainStreet de Las Vegas gets national accreditation

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Recently, the Economic Development Department announced that the National Main Street Center and its partners have accredited local New Mexico MainStreet programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four-Point Approach.

    This accreditation, which went to MainStreet de Las Vegas and several other New Mexico organizations, will allow them to continue their work in revitalizing downtown economies.

  • Smiling Rotarians

    Sharon Vander Meer photo

    The smiles of Las Vegas Rotarians Janet Remenyik, Rose Contreras Taylor and Mary Wolf reflect the success of the first Rotary-sponsored Chinese New Year dinner and silent auction.

    The March 1 event raised funds for Rotary youth and other projects, and promoted the goals of Rotary locally and around the world.

    The event, sponsored in part by the Plaza Hotel, the Range Café, and Southwest Capital Bank, was highly successful with more than 200 tickets sold.

  • Six and strumming

    Theresa Wesner photo

    Six-year-old Sophia Salazar of Taos was among the many talented musicians who performed at last Saturday’s ninth annual Las Vegas Youth Mariachi Conference at Robertson High.

    Students from at least five northern New Mexico school systems were slated to perform, along with special guests.

    More photos from this event will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Optic.

  • West board discusses security measures

    At its March 22 meeting, the West Las Vegas School Board met at the Valley School in Ribera.

    Valley Elementary and Middle School principal Becky Gallegos offered safety measures that the school was implementing, and also presented the board with the initiatives she set for the 2017-18 school year.

    Unlike some of its regular monthly meetings, which can adjourn near 9 p.m., this meeting ended shortly after 7 p.m., according to Veronica Ulibarri, human resources coordinator.

  • Morphy Lake work to begin in August

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Farmers of the Acequia de la Isla and the Acequia de San Jose in Ledoux expect to start renovation of Morphy Lake Dam this August. 
    State Sen. Pete Campos requested $2 million in funding in support of the Morphy Lake Renovation Project to make it safe and functional.

    Acequias Isla and San Jose Presidents Harold Trujillo and Joe Pacheco both thanked Campos for his support for years on the project, saying in a statement: “The dam is more than 75 years old, and is in desperate need of repair.”