Local News

  • Cowboy poetry event set for Sat. in Donnelly building

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Saturday, an evening of cowboy poetry and music will be held in the Leveo Sanchez Room adjacent to Donnelly Library on the Highlands Campus.

    The poet who penned the works got rolling after he won a local essay contest in 1911.

    The Las Vegas Citizen’s Committee for Historic preservation, the Friends of Fort Union National Monument, and Highlands University are sponsoring two activities highlighting the legacy of the Barkers.  

  • Weather - Sept. 1, 2017


    HIGH 83°/ LOW 51°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.

    6:33 a.m. to 7:28 p.m.


    HIGH 81° / LOW 51°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    Thursday night — a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

  • Highlands homecoming festivities begin Sept. 8

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    This year’s Highlands University homecoming festivities kick off Sept. 8 and continue through Sept. 17.

    Some highlights include the Sept. 16 homecoming parade at 10 a.m. and homecoming football game at 2 p.m. with the Cowboys taking on the Texas Wesleyan University Rams.

  • LVCS implements new curriculum

    By Mercy López-Acosta
    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas City Schools officials have implemented a new curriculum in hopes of increasing standardized test scores on its Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

    Monday, district officials announced the implementation of a new curriculum iReady, which will be implemented this school year, for kindergarten through sixth grade students. Officials have implemented this in hopes of raising students’ PARCC scores.

  • Woman jailed; accused of theft from employer

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas woman was recently jailed, thanks, in part, to a quick-thinking Walmart manager who spotted a discrepancy on an allegedly stolen check.

    Krystle Alarcon, 33, was recently booked into San Miguel County Detention Center on several charges after Las Vegas Police say she used a customer’s credit card information and also tried to cash a check she had stolen from her manager at her place of employment, Smiling Faces restaurant.

  • Festival honors history of mill

    By Mercy López-Acosta
    Las Vegas Optic

    The tranquil grounds of the Clevelland Roller Mill Museum will soon see plenty of music, fun, and people. The 30th annual Cleveland Millfest takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the mill located just north of Mora off N.M. 518.

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  • City manager the target of email wire transfer scam

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The City of Las Vegas is urging all local institutions to be on the lookout for fraudulent emails requesting wire transfers.

    Last week, the City’s finance department received an email under the name of City Manager Richard Trujillo requesting a wire transfer of $46,822.58.  

    The attempted fraud was unsuccessful.

  • County holding ‘community conversation’ survey meetings

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    San Miguel County leaders are holding a series of community conversations regarding a complex survey about community needs. The first meeting was scheduled to be held Tuesday in Pecos.

    A flier about the meetings and the survey can be found here: goo.gl/sf89uc

    • The Gallinas area meeting will be held at the La Placita fire station from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7.

    • The Conchas-area meeting will be held at the Conchas Fire Station from  6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13.

  • Two dead in Clovis shooting

    The Associated Press

    CLOVIS — A shooting inside a public library that killed two people and wounded four has deeply shaken an eastern New Mexico community.

    The gunman surrendered after the shooting Monday and was taken into custody without incident after police entered the Clovis-Carver Public Library, authorities and elected officials with the city of Clovis said during a news conference. Warrants for his arrest were being prepared, but it  wasn’t immediately clear what charges he would face.