Local News

  • Las Vegas native has inland assignment with Navy

    By Lt. Lauryn Dempsey, U.S. Navy Office of Community Outreach

    TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – A 2004 Robertson High School graduate and Las Vegas, New Mexico native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the nation’s nuclear deterrence mission at Strategic Communications Wing ONE.

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Nikki Garcia credits her grandfather for influencing her decision to join the service.

  • Grassroots leaders meet in Santa Fe

    Submitted to the Optic
    SANTA FE — Acequias gathered for their annual statewide meeting, the Congreso de las Acequias, on Nov. 4 at Santa Maria de la Paz Parish Hall in Santa Fe. Acequias, also known as community ditches, are the centuries-old irrigation systems that provide water that supports thousands of acres of farms and ranches in New Mexico.

  • New Mexico in Brief, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Grandmother gets probation for DWI
    SANTA FE  — A Santa Fe woman was sentenced to three years of supervised probation after police say she drove while intoxicated with her 9-month-old granddaughter in a car seat dangling from an open car door.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports 65-year-old Bertha Boling was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated and no contest to a child abuse charge.

  • The Nation In Brief, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Charges: Coach molested 125
    LANSING, Mich.  — A former sports doctor accused of molesting at least 125 girls and young women while he worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.
    Larry Nassar, 54, admitted to digitally penetrating seven girls, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic, between 1998 and 2015.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Nov. 26, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 17  and Nov. 22:
    Nicholas S. Loomis, Bench Warrant Arrest, Las Vegas Municipal Court.
    Juan Martinez-Sandoval, San Miguel Magistrate Court / Adult Probation.
    Miguel T. Rodriguez, Traffic Offense, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Joseph A. Atencio, Aggravated Driving Under The Influence, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Angelina C. Lopez, San Miguel Magistrate Court / Bernalillo Metro Court, Battery, Bench Warrant Arrest,

  • NMHU students network at Hispanic conference

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A contingent of four students from New Mexico Highlands University learned best practices for career building and networking at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ annual conference.

  • Thanks for everything, Grandma!

    Submitted to the Optic

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Eloisa Montoya of Tecolote died Oct. 4 at age 107. Her grandson, George Castellano, made a presentation at a celebration of her life. Here is the text of that presentation, as submitted to the Optic by Betty Pacheco.

    Thank you for coming to help us celebrate the life of Eloisa Montoya. My name is George Castellano and Eloisa Montoya was my grandmother.

  • Three arrested in shooting incident

    Three men were arrested earlier this month for firing weapons illegally in an incident that occurred in south Las Vegas.
    At about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 10, Las Vegas Police Dept. Sgt. David Trujillo heard five shots fired while on patrol in the 100 block of Independence and soon got a dispatch report about a phone call with a similar report.

  • Highlands Regents updated on many issues

    Just ahead of a planned site visit from the Higher Learning Commission designed to see if New Mexico Highlands University can be taken off of accreditation probation, the Board of Regents heard about progress in preparing for that visit during a regular quarterly meeting.

  • In Brief, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Rep. Nick Salazar to retire