Local News

  • LVPD gets defibrillator

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Las Vegas Police Department received an Automated Defibrillator for police cruisers.

    The donation came through the Fraternal Order of Police as part of a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

    AEDs are devices that measure heart rhythms and can send a shock to the heart in order to treat sudden cardiac arrest.

    With police officers often first on scene, especially in rural areas, these devices are becoming more and more important.

  • Remembering those who served

    Members of the George Cantrell family participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March on March 25 in honor of his Pvt. Anselmo Arellano of Springer.

    Arellano  is listed as “Missing in Action or Lost at Sea.”  He was a Prisoner of War, under Japanese control in the 1940s, and is remembered at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, Plot: Tablets of the Missing.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, April 8, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 27 and April 5, 2018:
    Jenny E. Montaño, Warrant, Unlawful Larceny Or Shoplifting.
    Robert Vigil, Armed Robbery - Solicitation, Felony.
    Daniel Guerrola, Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon, Attempted); Felony.
    Debra A. Culley, Disorderly Conduct.
    Mariano Araica, Hold For Other Agency.
    Tiffany A. Sanchez, Bench Warrant, Local City Ordinance.
    Dylan J. Roybal-Lucero, Disorderly Conduct, Local City Ordinance.

  • Full scholarships to UWC for two Las Vegas students

    Two Las Vegas high school students have received full scholarships to attend a United World College this fall.

    Taran Franklyn-Atman, a junior at West Las Vegas High School, will attend UWC Mahindra College in India. The 16-year-old is the son of Elsu Atman and Danielle Franklyn.

    Deandre Gutierrez, a sophomore at Robertson High School, will attend Pearson College UWC in British Columbia, Canada. Deandre, 15, is the son of Regina and Orlando Gutierrez.

  • Middle ground

    All is in ready mode — thriving, growing and vibrant — in the 60-foot greenhouse located since 2005 at the closed Memorial Middle School building.

    There are rows of strawberry and raspberry plants; amaryllis and pink and red geraniums show off their bold colors among the sea of green. The green cabbage thrusts its big leaves out from its pot, and grafted apples await transplanting. Even the worms in the three big bins continue munching biodegradable material into nutrient-rich fertilizer. 

  • Voters warm to idea of paying lawmakers

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — Voters in New Mexico may be warming to the idea of professionalizing the nation’s only unsalaried Legislature.

    A poll commissioned by the watchdog group Common Cause found that just over half of registered voters statewide support paying state lawmakers a yearly salary so that they can focus more on public service and less other employment.

  • County attorney, others wrap up testimony in water use hearings

    San Miguel County’s attorney made many trips to Santa Fe last month for a particular case.

  • State releases findings from special City audit

    Wednesday, the Office of the New Mexico Auditor released a much-anticipated report.

  • On the hunt

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

    Emily Alvidrez picks up a plastic egg during an Easter egg hunt over the weekend.

    Mild, yet windy, conditions allowed a full slate of Easter weekend activities to take place.

  • Walking with a purpose

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

    Thousands of New Mexicans, including participants in Las Vegas who walked between Immaculate Conception Church to San Antonio Church, made pilgrimages on Good Friday in an annual act of prayer, reflection and sacrifice.

    The largest destination group is usually for El Santuario de Chimayo, with some walking to Chimayo from as far away as Albuquerque.