Local News

  • U.S. Cuba work toward embassies

    By Bradley Klapper and Michael Weissenstein
    The Associated Press

    HAVANA  — The United States and Cuba made progress Thursday toward restoring diplomatic ties and embassies as promised by their leaders, even as key officials warned that re-establishing normal relations after more than 50 years of animosity faced a long and complicated process.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 23, 2015

    The Associated Press
    UNM sex assault report released
    ALBUQUERQUE — An independent analysis says there’s “a lot of confusion and misunderstanding” at the University of New Mexico about where students can report sexual violence.
    Details of the report released Thursday outlined a series of steps the university could take to prevent sexual assaults on campus amid a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.

  • BREAKING: Court axes Mora law

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    A federal judge has thrown out Mora County’s community rights ordinance after ruling that significant portions of the law enacted to stop oil and gas drilling within the county are not valid The decision strikes a major blow to the community rights movement, which has gained national and international attention.

    U.S. District Judge James O. Browning issued his 199-page ruling on Monday, roughly two-and-a-half months after hearing arguments in the case.

  • Lucero gets 15 years in murder case

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The Las Vegas man charged with stabbing  another man to death in June has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison.

  • Honoring MLK: Volunteers clean up garden

    Las Vegas Optic

    Giving back was the name of the game on Monday as part of an event in honor of Martin Luther King’s Day of Service.

    Roughly 20 people including VISTA volunteers, community members and United World College-USA students volunteered several hours to work on the La Milpa Community Garden.

    Their work included building a wooden fence and raised garden beds, cleaning of invasive weeds, and preparing the ground for the construction of a rock wall. The event was to prepare the garden for the upcoming garden season.

  • Chicano movement leader dies at 88

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Reies Lopez Tijerina, a Pentecostal preacher- turned-activist who led a violent raid of a northern New Mexico courthouse nearly 50 years ago, died Monday. He was 88.

    Family representative Estela Reyes-Lopez said Tijerina, who helped spark the radical Chicano movement, died at an El Paso, Texas, hospital, of natural causes. Nephew Luis Tijerina also confirmed the death.

  • Looking ahead - News - Jan. 21, 2015

    School board forum
    The AAUW, along with the Optic, is sponsoring school board candidates forum for the Feb. 3 elections. The West Las Vegas School board forum will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. The forum takes place at the NMHU Student Union ballroom. The Las Vegas City School board candidate forum was held on Tuesday.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 21, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, Jan. 21 — A crane joist was used in removing the main girders and roof trussings at the Duncan Opera House, now being razed. The former show place of Las Vegas had fallen into disrepair and was condemned. A fence was temporarily erected to protect traffic during the demolition of the walls of the opera house on Sixth and Douglas. A force of workers has been employed by Bill Hanna, to tear down the building.

  • Weather - Jan. 21, 2015

    Snow likely, mainly after 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 33. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of 2-4 inches possible. Snow at night. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 19. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

    A 40 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 31. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of snow at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 9.


  • Problems persist at magistrate

    Las Vegas Optic

    Despite efforts to figure out what is making employees at San Miguel County Magistrate Court ill, the problem persists, prompting the court to close for all but the most critical business.

    Employees are once again experiencing headaches, nausea and irritation of the eye, nose and skin. That prompted officials to again close the courthouse last Tuesday.

    Officials don’t know how long the court will be closed.