Local News

  • W.L.V. principal quits post

    A vacancy sign has appeared at West Las Vegas Schools midyear. West Las Vegas Middle School principal Julianna Trujillo resigned last month from the position she has held since 2012.

    Superintendent Gene Parson said Trujillo’s decision was personal and family-related.

    “I hate to see her leave,” Parson said during a telephone interview Tuesday morning. “She did good work for us. She has a very calm demeanor to her.”

    Trujillo, a resident of Pojoaque, commuted every day to work — more than an hour each way.

  • Senate faces backlog of confirmations

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s Democratic-led Senate will convene in January with a backlog of confirmation decisions on dozens of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointees.

    The governor’s office says the 85 first-term appointees awaiting confirmation include numerous members of state boards and commissions and three Cabinet secretaries, the Albuquerque Journal reported Monday.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 3, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Five killed in Texas car crash

  • Naming rights to The Pit go for $5M

    The Associated Press

    One of college basketball’s most beloved arenas is changing names.

    The Pit in New Mexico will now be called the WisePies Arena.

    WisePies Pizza & Salad, a local restaurant chain, donated $5 million to the University of New Mexico to secure the naming rights for The Pit for the next 10 years. The chain’s name and logo will appear on signs outside the arena, on the court and on tickets.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 3, 2014

    Fort Union Holiday Open House
    An open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the monument’s visitor center. The highlight will be a 2:30 p.m. ranger-led presentation titled “Fort Union: Beyond the Fort Walls and into the Local Communities.” There will be a 3 p.m. tour of the historic remnants of the fort.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 3, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, Dec. 2 — Canned goods for Operation Christmas are being collected by members of the Greater Laws Vegas Junior Chamber of Commerce. The canned goods will be distributed to needy families in the Las Vegas area in time for Christmas. Zebb Conley, president of the Jaycees, is one of the leaders of the food drive. Residents who do not expect to be at home when the drive begins tonight are asked to leave their canned goods beside the door.

  • Weather - Dec. 3, 2014

    Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. South wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:54 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.

  • Court building still closed

    Efforts to figure out exactly what has been making employees at San Miguel County Magistrate Court ill and to fix the problem have so far been unsuccessful, prompting the state to once again shut down the magistrate court building on Seventh Street.

    The court building has been shut down on and off since Oct. 31 as the building’s owner, who leases the space to the Administrative Office of the Courts, has attempted to get to the root of the problem. Court employees have been complaining of headaches, red, dry eyes, nausea and other symptom while in the building.

  • Serving up a feast
  • Migration exhibit to open Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Exhibit design students from New Mexico Highlands University have created a new multimedia exhibit, Memories of Migration: Las Vegas. It will open at the Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation, 116 Bridge St., on Friday and be on display through Jan. 16.