Local News

  • Luna gets $1.1 million grant

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College was awarded a $1,136,196 YouthBuild Grant, the majority of it from the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Other entities involved include: Las Vegas Housing Authority, HELP Office, NM Children, Youth and Families Department, Las Vegas Juvenile Justice Continuum Board and TeamBuilders Counseling Services, Inc.

    The college was informed of this grant on Thursday afternoon.

  • Medical students do Vegas rotation

    Submitted to the Optic

    More than 90 first-year University of New Mexico medical students did their six-week rural rotation in July and August at numerous sites throughout New Mexico.

    As part of the UNM School of Medicine’s nationally recognized curriculum, first-year medical students Christina Trujillo and Michael Elliot talked with patients in Las Vegas; performing physical examinations along with their preceptors, and performing a community project designed to address specific community health care and/or educational needs.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 5, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 5, 2012

    Martin Montoya paintings on display

    An exhibition of paintings by Martin Montoya is being held at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ray Drew Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until Sept. 28.

  • Weather - Sept. 5, 2012

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 5-10 mph becoming east in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming light and variable in the evening.


  • West superintendent resigns

    Two years after taking the helm of the West Las Vegas School District, Superintendent Ruben Cordova has notified the district that he plans to leave the post.

    District officials confirmed that Cordova submitted a resignation letter to the board on Wednesday. The letter states that Cordova’s last day as superintendent will be Sept. 30.

    “I am very saddened,” board member Christine Ludi told the Optic Thursday afternoon. “He has done so much for us.”

  • Brewery to open in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas is on the verge of getting its first brewery.
    New Mexico Craft Brewing is planning to establish the brewery at 1212 Railroad Avenue.
    The City Council last month unanimously signed off on the company’s request for a small brewers liquor license and a beer wholesalers liquor license.

  • Artists reception slated

    Aristotle wrote that the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. The up-coming art event in La Tienda Art Exhibit Space at Eldorado touches on Aristotle’s view in interesting ways.

    The artists who will be featured in the month-long exhibit express the inward significance of their work with a variety of media and styles.

    The Northern Nine group show opened Friday and runs until Sept. 25, with an artists’ reception set for Saturday, Sept. 8 from 4-7 p.m.

  • Fracas at Highlands leads to arrest

    A 21-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Tuesday because of an incident that occurred last Friday on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.
    Highlands police prepared an arrest warrant affidavit for Joseph R. Dominguez accusing him of battery on a peace officer, fleeing from police and public affray.
    The affidavit states that a fight broke out at a dance at the Sala de Madrid last Friday and that when those in the crowd saw the Highlands officer approach, they left the building.

  • Group pulls plans for $3M Wilson ad buys

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press