Local News

  • Study: Inequality persists 50 years after landmark report

    By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Barriers to equality pose threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, according to study made public Tuesday that examines the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 Kerner Report.

  • Cars and Courts

    It’s not an easy job for a used-vehicle dealership to more a car from an auction and into a customer’s hands.

    Not only does it take a great deal of paperwork, phone calls and emails and ferrying of vehicles to and from mechanics and arranging car washes, it also can take up a lot of owners’ time in court business.

  • RHS principal Yara retires suddenly

    By Alice L. Wagoner, Las Vegas Optic

    Robertson High School principal Mike Yara, announced his retirement effective the end of the school semester, Superintendent Kelt Cooper said Thursday.

    Cooper said reports that the principal was escorted out of the school and that he was fired are untrue, though Yara has been relieved of his duties with the district.

    “There’s a lot of talk in a small community,” he said. “People put a lot of spin on things.”

  • City Schools adopts security measures

    In response to the recent campus shooting in Florida and rumored threats against area schools, the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education, by a unanimous vote, during its regular monthly meeting Thursday night, directed Superintendent Kelt Cooper to begin the process of implementing extra security measures.

    These new measures will be utilized at the greater Robertson High School campus, which includes Memorial Middle School.

  • Stepping Forward

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Jessica Weber is a first-generation, non-traditional college student.
    Mother, wife, student, and employee are some of the hats she wears.

    To truly understand Weber, you have to understand her journey.
    Weber, 31, will graduate from Luna Community College in May 2018, with an associate of science degree in general science.

  • Retiring Elmo

    Jan. 31 was “once in a super blue blood moon” for Elmo Baca.

    He referenced the epic once-in-a-lifetime lunar event in his thank you remarks, as well over one hundred co-workers, collaborators, dignitaries and dear friends gathered at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe to thank him for his years of service to New Mexico communities as he “retired” from his long association with New Mexico MainStreet.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Feb.25, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 13 and Feb. 20, 2018:
    Chusai Padilla, Four Magistrate Court Warrants, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Jessca E. Gonzales,  Magistrate Warrant, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Rebecca L. Livingston, Magistrate Warrant, Curry County.
    Jerome J. Pacheco,  Adult Probation Warrant, Guadalupe County Magistrate Court.
    Santino Rivera Razo, Bench Warrant, San Miguel Adult Probation.

  • Martial arts academy earns state honor

    Las Vegas Optic reports
    A Las Vegas business was set to be recognized during the 2018 Legislative Session.

    Las Vegas Karate Academy was scheduled to be recognized as a Star Client of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network at La Fonda in Santa Fe. The annual reception recognizes businesses and entrepreneurs from across New Mexico who are seeing tremendous growth in their businesses.

    Las Vegas Karate Academy, a woman-owned business based in Las Vegas, specializes in martial arts training, with an emphasis on karate.

  • Supreme Court Justice Chavez to retire

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE  — New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez will retire next month.

    The court announced Thursday that Chavez’s retirement will be effective March 9 and that a nominating committee will meet in April to interview applicants and recommend potential candidates to Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Valley School Student Council wins first at state conference

    Members of the Valley Middle School Student Council attended the Feb. 8-9 NMASC State Conference, which was held at Bernalillo High School.

    Its theme was Amplify Your Leadership: Born to Rock It!

    The VMS Council received a first-place honor Delegates Choice Ribbon and first-place Judge’s Choice Plaque.