Local News

  • Marching for New Mexico lives

    West Las Vegas High School sophomore David Lopez took over a megaphone at the start of Saturday's March for Our Lives in Las Vegas. 

    He's hoping his generation can soon take more control over its future — at least in terms or gun policy.

    As part of the international March for Our Lives, a concerted demonstration in more than 800 locations in the U.S. and abroad, about 150 students, children and adults marched from Sixth Street and Friedman Avenue to West Las Vegas High on Saturday, stopping a few times to allow students to make statements.

  • State Auditor says training is critical

    NOTE: After spending a recent Friday in Las Vegas conducting training on this year’s Auditor Rule, appointed State Auditor Wayne Johnson stopped by the Optic to take questions.

  • Highlands to raise tuition yet again

    After months of discussion, the Highlands University recently voted at a recent special meeting to make increases in tuition for the 2018-19 school year.

  • An uplifting experience

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University will host the State Street Ballet’s performance of Cinderella at 7:30 p.m. April 13, with a children’s matinee at 2 p.m. April 14.

  • City Council: Lodgers tax raised to 5 percent

    Hotels, restaurants and other businesses that rely heavily on income from tourism are always looking for ways to pay for new infrastructure.

    Thanks in part to a resolution approved this week by the Las Vegas City Council, businesses will have access to a few more dollars in the years ahead to pay for such upgrades and improvements. At Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting, the council approved an increase in the municipal lodgers tax from 4 percent to 5 percent.

  • Signing the agreement

    Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón signed a contract late last month for the city’s purchase of 800 acre-feet of water storage from the Storrie Project Water Users Association.

    She was joined by Utilities Director Maria Gilvarry and Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallegos.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, March 25, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 16 and March 21, 2018:
    Gary Esquibel, Bench Warrant, San Miguel Adult Probation.
    Edward M. Cruz, Bench Warrant, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Tonya J. Sedillo, Abandonment Or Abuse Of A Child, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Jeremy Gonzales, Aggravated Driving Under The Influence, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Stephen R. Montaño, Felony Warrant, San Miguel District Court.

  • The best kind of visit from the local fire department

    Samaritan House, a Las Vegas shelter, recently received a donation from the Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department of non-perishable foods and clothing.

    The donation resulted from the fire department’s donation drive, which began on Feb. 5 and ended on Feb. 16, Tanya Lucero said.

    Lucero, whose husband and son volunteer with the department, said information about the drive was distributed on Facebook and through fliers.

  • Nursing scholarships

    Three women were recently announced as the Alta Vista Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship recipients.

    They will receive financial support for the remaining three semesters of nursing school.

    Alta Vista Ladies Auxiliary representative Delicia Pacheco recently met with recipients Ashton Borunda, Lori Clifton and Vanetia Gonzales.

  • Longtime nurse practitioner killed in accident

    A Thursday morning accident resulted in the death of a beloved, appreciated wife, mother and season medical professional.

    At about 8 a.m. Thursday, Lacy L. Houdek was jogging along New Mexico Highway 104, about four miles east of Las Vegas, when she was struck and killed by a pickup truck, according to a State Police news release.