Local News

  • Funeral director gets license

    Submitted to the Optic

    Dwight J. Torres, Sr., of Las Vegas, recently attained his Funeral Service Provider License.

    Torres joins the ranks of approximately 100 active licensed funeral directors in the State of New Mexico and is one of about 6 active licensed funeral directors within the City of Las Vegas.

    Torres retired from the New Mexico Department of Transportation in June of 2009. Prior to retirement, he joined the staff of Nelson Funeral Home, doing evening and weekend transports and cemetery set-ups.

  • For those who served

    Photo by Theresa Wesner

    Darren Cordova y Calor were the headliners of Sunday’s Fourth Annual Salute to the Troops, which brought hundreds of spectators and dancing music fans to Las Vegas’ Plaza Park.

    Cordova and his band were joined by the artist Gonzalo, who joined with Abby Sanger for helping organize the event, along with Cuarenta y Cinco and others, in entertaining the crowd.

    Gonzalo and others thanked the City of Las Vegas for allowing an all-day closure of the plaza and Bridge Street and helping the event run smoothly.

  • In Brief - Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    The Associated Press

    GOP: Aid for Puerto Rico

    WASHINGTON — The top Republican leaders in Congress are promising help for devastated Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with Speaker Paul Ryan calling it a “humanitarian crisis.”

    Both Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that they are working with the Trump administration and awaiting word on what resources and disaster relief will be needed. Hurricane Maria has left millions of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico without food, water and housing.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    Wednesday, Sept. 27

    The City of Las Vegas Recreation Center, in participation with the City of Las Vegas Museum, will be hosting a guest lecture at 6:30 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The San Miguel County Office of Emergency Management will be discussing National Preparedness Month and the need for emergency preparedness. The event is free to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. Contact the City of Las Vegas Museum at 505-426-3205 for information.

    Thursday, Sept. 28

  • Council votes to invite state auditor's help

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    After a lengthy discussion and some rabid accusations involving city councilors, the Las Vegas City Council voted 3-1 to request a special audit of city business from the New Mexico Officer of the State Auditor. 

    The vote breakdown was the same as it was last week when Councilor Vince Howell motioned to hold the meeting. Howell and Councilors Barbara Perea-Casey and Councilor David Romero voted for the special meeting, while Councilor David Ulibarri Jr. voted against it. 

  • You can help MainStreet win national contest

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Normally, citizens of a city trying to win a national championship must root for one person or a team the bring it home.

    In the case of a nationwide social media contest involving MainStreet de Las Vegas, however, you can play a direct role in helping the Meadow City bring home a $150,000 grant to be used on improving the E. Romero Hose & Fire Co. Building as it becomes a museum.

  • Legendary comedy duo Cheech & Chong to perform at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong first rose to worldwide popularity and critical acclaim in the 1970s. That was seven films, six gold comedy albums, one Grammy Award and many other accolades ago.

    The legendary comedy duo will perform Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. in New Mexico Highlands’ Wilson Complex, 1241 9th St. It’s the first time the pair have ever performed in Las Vegas.

  • Mora County officials work to resolve water outage

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Dozens of Mora County residents, if not more, were without water over the past week after some problems arose with a local well.

    Mora County Commission Chairwoman Paula Garcia said this week volunteers and others were working to bring emergency water supplies to residents in the Buena Vista area, where a well had not been pumping water since about Sept. 14.

  • Council to vote Monday on voluntary state audit

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    At Wednesday’s regular Las Vegas City Council meeting, the council approved, by a 3-1 vote, a special 6 p.m. Monday meeting at City Hall, where a vote is slated to be taken on whether to invite the New Mexico State Auditor’s office to conduct a special audit of city finances.

  • Man shot in head during chase

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Las Vegas Police released a report this week detailing a Sept. 2 gun battle in which an area man was shot in the head.

    A report obtained by the Optic this week states Nash Roybal, a New Mexico Avenue resident, was shot in the back of the head in a confrontation and chase that took place about 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 2. Roybal did not apparently suffer life-threatening injuries, but he did need to be hospitalized.