Local News

  • EDC's new program trains people to work from home

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    If you are self-motivated and are looking for an opportunity to work from home or in a collaborative environment where you are an independent worker, EDC’s SoloWork project may be the answer for you.

  • Council distributes budget

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The Las Vegas City Council unanimously approved a consent agenda that included some departmental budget allocations at Wednesday night’s regular meeting, though there were several other items that took far more time to cover.

    One of those items was a concerted effort to urge the council to bring forth and approve a resolution in the near future in support of New Mexico communities that have the resources to accept refugees from foreign countries.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

    The Associated Press

    N.M. insurance hike sets record

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Regulators have approved the largest health insurance premium increase in the four-year history of New Mexico’s subsidized exchange, state Insurance Superintendent John Franchini said Wednesday.

    The state’s top insurance regulator said record-setting rate increases in 2018 are heavily influenced by uncertainty about whether the federal government will block or discontinue subsidies to insurers.

  • No charges filed against deputy accused of harboring felon

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An independent investigation has apparently cleared a San Miguel County Sheriff's deputy of criminal conduct in a case in which an accused felon went months without being found after an arrest warrant had been issued.

    No charges have been recommended or filed against San Miguel deputy Eric Esquibel after an internal Sheriff's Office investigation, an independent investigation by New Mexico State Police and a review by the district attorney in another county.

  • On Parade

    Hundreds of spectators lined the streets of Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 14 for the West Las Vegas Homecoming parade.

    The week included a 48-0 shutout of Albuquerque Academy in Friday night’ Homecoming football game.

  • A Walking Tribute

    Highlands University softball players marched in their school's Homecoming parade Saturday with a tribute banner for Danielle Cordova, a Bernalillo-area student-athlete who was a freshman on the Cowgirl team when she died in a car accident in April. Thousands of area residents watched or participated in Saturday’s parade.

  • Las Vegas man charged with his eighth DWI

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was charged with driving while intoxicated for the eighth time, along with an assortment of other charges, after he tried to avoid a sobriety checkpoint and took New Mexico State Police on a brief chase.

    Police say Arsenio Anaya, 53, of the 4600 block of El Llano Road, was traveling northbound on Highway 65, toward Montezuma, in a vehicle with no license plate at about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

  • No boundary changes for two N.M. national monuments

    By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

  • In Brief - Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

    Staff and wire reports

    Plaza, Bridge Street to be closed Sunday

    A salute to military personnel will involve a closure of the Las Vegas Plaza this weekend. The fourth annual Salute to the Troops, an entertainment event that inlcudes the music of Darren Cordova, will be held at Historic Plaza Park on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bridge Street and Plaza Park will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Science teaching garners criticism

  • NMHU honored alumni: Reid receives spirit award

    NOTE: This is part of a series of profiles of the eight 2017 Distinguished Alumni being honored this month by Highlands University as part of its Homecoming celebration.

    Early Thursday mornings before he begins his Las Vegas clinic, John Barlow Reid III works with the sports trainers at Highlands, helping evaluate, treat and make recommendations for injured Cowgirl and Cowboy athletes.