Local News

  • Women veterans dental program open in Las Vegas

    Submitted to the Optic

    The statewide New Mexico Women Veterans Smile Program is available for women veterans in Las Vegas. The program, begun by civilian volunteers and funded by the NM Beverage Association, has served more than 15 women veterans.

    Dental Association Foundation Executive Director Linda Paul said the program is looking for more women veterans from around the state. The Veterans Administration does not provide dental services to veterans unless they are 100 percent disabled or wounded in service.

  • Corrections

    Two items in recent stories about the City of Las Vegas were incorrect. David Trujillo, the son of Richard Trujillo, was recently promoted from investigator to sergeant. His rank was listed incorrectly in a recent story.

    Also, two employees who are no longer with the city had their department misidentified in a story. Estalano Chavez and Diego Trujillo both worked for the city’s Solid Waste Department.

  • Flying high again

    Photo by Theresa Wesner/For the Optic

    West Las Vegas cheerleader Kennedy Branchal soars above the Bernalillo High School field during a recent road game for the Dons. West and its cheerleaders, staff and supporters will be the visitors again this week when it plays at Robertson on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Vegas Bowl 57, also known as the East-West Game.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Balderas, Presbyterian in settlement talks

    ALBUQUERQUE — It’s possible a standoff over millions of dollars in insurance premium taxes could be resolved now that New Mexico’s attorney general and the state’s largest health-care insurance provider are talking.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office confirmed Friday the parties are in settlement discussions and look forward to resolving the case for the good of the state.

  • Presbyterian tops list for unpaid taxes

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A newly released audit places Presbyterian Health Plan at the top of a list of 17 insurance companies with unpaid taxes that are owed to the state of New Mexico.

    Records released by the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor on Tuesday to the Associated Press show a $28.9 million underpayment of taxes at the for-profit arm of Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 2003.

  • The Nation In Brief, Oct. 25, 2017

    The Associated Press

    ‘Ask A Mexican’ column will be no more

    ALBUQUERQUE — The “Ask A Mexican” column, a satirical weekly installment about U.S. Latinos that once ran in more than three dozen alternative weekly newspapers across the country, is coming to an end.

  • Suspicious vehicle call leads to drug bust at Walmart

    A Las Vegas man was arrested Sunday night after drugs were found in a vehicle and on his person.

    Randolph P. Valdez, 32, of the 3000 block of Ernest Road, was arrested at about 11:55 Sunday night while in possession of what Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño described as a large quantity of narcotics. 

    Police were called to Walmart at about 11:53 p.m. for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Police located the car —a black Cadliac passenger vehicle — and found two people waiting inside the vehicle.

  • An important visit

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Dr. Brandon Kempner is Highlands University’s Director of Accreditation, in addition to his duties as an English professor. He’s also the person many faculty mention on campus when talking about the university’s attempts to be taken off of probation by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Al Hurricane Sr. dies at age 81

    Staff and wire reports

    One of New Mexico's most beloved musicians has reportedly passed away. 

    Al Hurricane, known as the "Godfather of New Mexico music" for developing a distinct sound bridging the state's unique Hispanic traditions with country and rock, died Sunday.

    His son, Al Hurricane, Jr., told The Associated Press that his father died from complications related to a long battle against prostate cancer.

    Two of his daughters were at his side. He was 81.

  • Discussion held on demolishing Paul D. Henry School

    By Gwen Albers, Special to the Optic

    Plans to tear down the Paul D. Henry Elementary School before next summer were discussed briefly during Thursday’s Las Vegas City Schools Board meeting.

    In addition, Superintendent Kelt Cooper said there’s various non-profit and private agencies interested in leasing space at the Legion Park Elementary School, which, like Paul D. Henry and a portion of Memorial Middle School, were closed at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.