Local News

  • Regents name UNM’s first female president

    The Associated Press

    Regents at the University of New Mexico have selected Garnett Stokes to serve as the first woman president in the school’s 128-year history.

    The decision came Thursday morning during a special meeting in Albuquerque.

    Provost of the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus, Stokes replaces Bob Frank, who left the office last year.

  • In Brief, Friday, Nov. 14, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Daylight Saving falls back Sunday Daylight Saving Time comes to an end Sunday. Don’t forget to “fall back” an hour, from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday. The result will be a sunrise and sunset on Sunday that are about an hour earlier than the day before. N.M. drops in drug deaths ranking SANTA FE — New Mexico is likely to fall further in a national ranking of states when it comes to drug overdose deaths, largely because fatalities have increased elsewhere.

  • Defense at trial: Griego’s $50K commission legal

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A former New Mexico state senator went on trial Tuesday on accusations he used his elected office to profit from the sale of a state-owned building, in a high-stakes corruption trial that has spurred calls for government ethics reforms.

  • Choir to swing into Sunday concert

    By Beth Urech, Special to the Optic

    The Highlands University Madrigal Choir is turning a deaf ear to traditional music and swinging out to jazz this weekend.

    Hence the title, from a song written for Frank Sinatra by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen in 1957:  “Come Fly with Me!” 

  • Piano Preservationists

    A special Sept. 15 event commemorated the restoration of a rare Kilgen pipe organ operated by Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Las Vegas. Steuart Goodwin came out from California for the event on behalf of the Organ Historical Society. Santa Fe organ-builder and restorer John Grunow was in attendance, and musician Maxine Thevenot of Albuquerque led the Maia Trio in a performance at the event that included her playing the historic organ.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

  • City wins $150K for historic firehouse

     Submitted to the Optic 

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street America says that Las Vegas will receive “full funding” as part of its Main Street program.

    The group announced the award along with its partners: American Express, National Geographic and Delta Airlines.

    “We want to be the first to let you know that the votes have been tallied and that you are among the groups below that will receive full funding through Partners in Preservation: Main Streets,” a news release stated.

  • San José man has trial set on sex abuse charges

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A San José man, identified in court documents as a Pecos Schools custodian, is set for both a competency hearing and a trial on more than 30 sex-abuse charges, including criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

    Louis Ivan Vigil, 45, was booked into jail Sept. 1 on eight counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor younger than 13. He also faced 14 counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor and 11 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • When East meets West

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

    Anthony Tapia of West Las Vegas managed to get past Robertson defender Emiliano Berged on this play, but Berged and the Cardinals prevailed in Saturday’s 57th meeting between the two teams, 51-21.

    The annual rivalry game included collaboration between the two school districts on many levels. See more about the game on Page 8 of today’s print edition of the Optic and on the sports tab of lasvegasoptic.com.

  • Pumpkins and costumes

    Theresa Wesner photos/For the Optic

    Julianna Alfaro and three-month-old Jenna Alfaro were fully costumed when they visitied the Church of Latter-Day Saints pumpkin area Saturday.

    Trick-or-treaters braved windy, brisk conditions on Tueaday as they celebrated Halloween.