Local News

  • Weather - Sept. 6, 2017


    HIGH 79°/ LOW 51°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    6:37 a.m. to 7:20 p.m.


    HIGH 80° / LOW 52°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind around 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

    6:38 a.m. to 7:19 p.m.

  • Public comment sought for Highlands accreditation

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University is seeking comments from the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.

    The university will host a visit Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Highlands University has been accredited by the HLC since 1926. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the HLC’s criteria for accreditation.

  • MainStreet de Las Vegas receives grant

    Submitted to the Optic

    Preserving Las Vegas history is the shared job of public and private organizations, including the nonprofit MainStreet de Las Vegas.

  • Pecos Schools custodian jailed on child sex abuse charges

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A San José man, who is  identified in court documents as a Pecos Schools custodian, is in the San Miguel County Detention Center on more than 30 sex-abuse charges, including criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

    Louis Ivan Vigil, 45, of San José, was booked into jail Friday on eight counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor younger than 13. He also faces 14 counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor and 11 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • West project delayed by substandard material

    By Mercy López-Acosta
    Las Vegas Optic

    It seems like the never-ending project.

    The highly anticipated new gym at West Las Vegas Middle School seems to have hit roadblock after roadblock. First, it was former board members expressing their disappointment in having to tear down the existing facility, which was filled with plenty of Dons pride memories.

  • Trementina family preps truck for competition

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Building, re-building and repairing ancient vehicles isn’t for everyone.

  • More than 60 animals treated during spay-neuter clinic

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico, which operates the city-owned animal shelter — under contracts with the City of Las Vegas and San Miguel County — hosted a mobile surgical clinic the weekend of Aug. 24.

    There were 59 dogs and six cats that were either spayed and neutered during the event. The surgeries were performed either for free or for a voluntary donation.

    The clinic was funded by a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Animal Protection New Mexico.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 3, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 25 and Sept. 1:
    Kenneth Rendon, 25, hold for court, San Miguel District Court.
    Marvin Archuleta, 26, armed robbery, kidnapping (with intent to commit sex offense), false imprisonment, conspiracy, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Matthew Ledoux, 36, trafficking a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Robert Saiz, 45, hold for court, San Miguel District Court.

  • In Brief - National News - Sept. 3, 2017

    The Associated Press

    GOP oppose move on child immigrants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan and another Republican are urging President Donald Trump not to rescind federal protections for immigrant children whose parents brought them to the country illegally.

    Ryan was asked about Trump’s rumored move to roll back so-called DACA protections for such children on Wisconsin radio station WCLO. Ryan said, “I actually don’t think we should do that.”

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 3, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Christus part of $12.2M payout
    ALBUQUERQUE — An Irving, Texas-based health care system and its hospital in Santa Fe  will pay $12.2 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit over Medicaid payments.

    Federal officials say the settlement resolves allegations that Christus Health and Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center made illegal payments in 2001-2009 to county governments for the state’s share of Medicaid payments to the hospital.