Local News

  • Correction - Oct. 24, 2012

    The Oct. 17 Optic article on the anti-fracking film, “Tierra Arraigadas, Rooted Lands” had an incorrect date for an upcoming showing in Mora. The correct date is Nov. 10.

  • Luna board evaluates Campos

    With Luna Community College President Pete Campos’ contract set to expire in 2013, the school’s board of trustees has begun meeting behind closed doors to evaluate his performance.

    The board convened a special board meeting this past Friday evening and Saturday at Buffalo Thunder in Pojoaque to discuss Campos’ performance and review the school’s organizational structure.

    According to Luna, Campos is in his last year of a five-year contract that he and the board signed in 2008.

  • LCC plans haunted house and costume contest

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 2012-13 Luna Community College SkillsUSA Clubs are combining efforts to host Hallowing activities.

    From Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28, they will be having a Haunted House at the LCC Automotive Technologies Building. Doors will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

    The cost of admission will be $5 per adult and $2 per child. All proceeds will go to the following LCC SkillsUSA Clubs: dental assisting, auto technology, welding and building trades.

  • 3 alleged DWI drivers nabbed

    Three area men with histories of drunk driving arrests are once again in trouble with the law for allegedly getting behind the wheel after drinking. None of them had valid driver’s licenses, and one of them had his 2-year-old son with him.

    Albino Alcon, 31, whose address in court documents is listed as County Road A-6, has been charged with aggravated DWI, third offense, child abuse, driving with an open container, speeding, driving with a suspended or revoked license and not having insurance. State police arrested him on Oct. 14.

  • West union upset with school chief

    The union that represents teachers at West Las Vegas School District is concerned about the process used in the shifting of several key administrators.

    The school board promoted Gene Parson  to the superintendent post earlier this year after the abrupt resignation of Ruben Cordova. That created a vacancy in the associate superintendent position that Parson had previously held, and it set off a series of administrative shifts at the district.

  • Career opportunities - Program offers leg up for students

    Getting through college with the skills needed to tap into good jobs available in this area isn’t always an easy task.

    But several students from area colleges and universities are getting a leg up, thanks to the Accelerate program, which shows participants what jobs are available, helps them pick the classes that will prepare them for those jobs and even gets them ready for  interviews. The program also exposes students to successful people who overcame their own struggles to get where they are.

  • Gov emails subject of federal probe

    The Associated Press
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office has confirmed that prosecutors and the FBI are investigating a complaint by Gov. Susana Martinez that her campaign emails were stolen.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales late last month confirmed in a letter to Martinez that an investigation has begun.
    “I can report that the FBI and this Office have initiated an investigation into this matter,” Gonzales wrote to Martinez who had inquired about the status of her complaint.

  • Violent crimes rose 18 percent in 2011

    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Violent crimes unexpectedly jumped 18 percent last year, the first rise in nearly 20 years, and property crimes rose for first time in a decade. But academic experts said the new government data fall short of signaling a reversal of the long decline in crime.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 22, 2012

    In 1962
    Monday, Oct. 22 — Camp Luna is one of the overnight stops on the route of 3,400 Red Devils leaving Fort Carson today and tomorrow for five weeks of training at Fort Irwin, Calif., home of the 5th Division’s 2nd Battalion, 77th Armor. ... Las Vegas will be the first overnight stop for the troops. An advance group was at camp Luna last night as well as Thursday night, preparing the bivouac sites to be used en route.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 22, 2012

    Glow in the Dark show is Wednesday
    A Glow in the Dark show featuring the West Las Vegas marching band, flags and dance team, will be held at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday at the Frank Herrera Complex. Advanced tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for students and $1 for children five and under. Tickets prices increase $1 at the gate. Advanced tickets may be purchased from a band student or at the band room.