Local News

  • Half of East’s buildings empty

    Roughly 180 parents, students and community members packed the Robertson High School band room on Thursday evening to hear about the proposed right-sizing plan for Las Vegas City Schools.

  • Making a comeback - Mora school officials tout progress

    Ella Arellano saw an opportunity to make a difference, and she took it.

    Arellano has been superintendent of the Mora Independent Schools for just a few months, and she’s already having an impact.  

    Since taking the helm, Arellano has been able to bring the district back into compliance on several issues, but she would likely tell you that her greatest accomplishment so far has been putting the focus back on students.

  • Mugging suspect dies in laundromat

    The man charged with mugging an elderly woman on Bridge Street in October was found dead at a west side laundromat on Thursday.

    Authorities suspect that Mario Montaño, 32 of the 900 block of Union, died of a drug overdose.

    Police were dispatched to the Mills Plaza Laundromat in the Mills Plaza Shopping Center shortly before 6 p.m. on Thursday.

    “He was in a bathroom by himself,” Police Chief Juan Montaño told the Optic. He added that drug paraphernalia was also found.

  • Health officials urge flu shot

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Health officials are urging New Mexico residents to get the flu shot as flu cases are on the rise.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that based on the rising number of clinic visits and hospital admissions for flu-like symptoms, health officials believe flu season will peak in New Mexico in the coming weeks.

  • Poll: Many worried about potential health care loss

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Emily Swanson
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Though “Obamacare” still divides Americans, a majority worries many will lose coverage if the 2010 law is repealed in the nation’s long-running political standoff over health care.

  • Weather - Jan. 29, 2017


    HIGH 48° / LOW 23°
    Sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the morning. Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 23.
    7:03 a.m. to 5:26 p.m.


    HIGH 53° / LOW 27°
    Sunny, with a high near 53. Monday night —mostly clear, with a low around 27.
    7:02 a.m. to 5:27 p.m.


  • Two locals honored for work in child welfare

    Two area residents were recently honored for their juvenile justice work.

    District Judge Matthew Sandoval was honored with the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Excellence Award for his performance as a children’s court judge.

    And Charles “Chuck” Searcy, a member of the CASA board of directors, was honored for excellence as a CASA volunteer.
    The awards were presented on Jan. 13 during the Children’s Law Institute in Albuquerque.

  • Looking for performers
  • Que Pasa - Jan. 29, 2017

    2 p.m.
    Knights of Columbus Annual Free Throw Contest for boys and girls between 9 and 14 will take place at the West Las Vegas High School gym. Registration begins at 2 p.m. followed by the contest at 3 p.m. Parents/guardians must bring in child’s birth certificate on the day of the competition. For more information, call Ben Maynes at 575-545-3378, Benny Garcia at 505-617-1857 or Raymond Lujan at 429-0532.

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • Students of the month - Jan. 29, 2017