Local News

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Judge could open priest abuse docs
    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico judge is reviewing three binders filled with years-old documents on three former Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children to decide what records should and shouldn’t be released to the public.

    Judge Alan Malott said Friday there is good cause to open sealed records, but that he will review them “with an eye toward what is appropriate for public disclosure.”

  • Organ concert set for Sept. 15 at OLOS

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas is home to many unique and historic buildings, including Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, whose present site dates back to 1852. But it’s what’s inside the church that has gained national attention: the church’s historic 1885 Kilgen mechanical tracker pipe organ.

  • In Brief - National News - Sept. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Trump to phase out DACA
    President Donald Trump will phase out a program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children. He will call for Congress to find a legislative solution to protect the immigrants, who are often called “Dreamers.”

  • ‘Build the wall’ takes back seat to rebuilding after Harvey

    By Norman Merchant and Will Weissert
    The Associated Press

    HOUSTON — The U.S. government carefully designed a path of least resistance to building a border wall in Texas, picking a wildlife refuge and other places it already owns or controls to quickly begin construction. All it needed was Congress to approve the money.

    Then came Harvey.

  • National Awards Program seeking New Mexico’s top youth volunteers

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Today through Nov. 7, , The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for New Mexico’s top youth volunteers of the year.

    Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months.

    The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit.

  • 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.