Local News

  • Shotgun found at school

    Agents with the Region IV Narcotics Task Force discovered a shotgun, ammunition, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the trunk of a vehicle in a parking lot on the West Las Vegas High School campus earlier this month, and a student is now facing criminal charges.

  • City making progress on water crisis

    The city of Las Vegas is close to an agreement with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish for an extra 100 acre feet of water to help the city meet its water needs this year and it has asked the U.S. Interior Department for another 500 acre feet of water that the federal agency has in Storrie Lake.

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  • Public forum planned for East finalists

    Finalists for the Las Vegas City Schools superintendent position will take part in a community forum on May 5 and will be interviewed by the school board on May 6.

    If all goes as planned, the school board will hire the district’s next superintendent in May.

    The community forum will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 5 at the Robertson High School band room. Community members will be allowed to ask questions of the finalists.

  • Holman residents fight for post office

    Residents of the small community of Holman in Mora County are banding together to fight for their post office.

    About 100 residents showed up Tuesday to hear from United States Postal Service representatives about the potential closure of the 117-year-old post office. The community has also gathered more than 150 signatures on a petition protesting any change in the status of the post office and urging the Postal Service to keep the post office open.

    A second petition for senior citizens and disabled customers of the Holman Post Office has also been circulated.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    April 24 — Charged with desertion and non-support of his wife, Isidoro Casias was arrested Saturday at La Garita by Sheriff Secundino Romero, who brought Casias  to Las Vegas. The man will have a hearing tomorrow in a justice court on the West side. Casias and his wife have resided on the West side for some time. Recently, it is charged, Casias left home and failed to return.

  • Looking Ahead

    Easter egg hunt is Sunday

    The Las Vegas Elks Lodge #408 will hold its annual Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Robertson football field.

  • Weather

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Windy, with a west wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Breezy, with a north wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. East wind 10-15 mph, becoming south. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 40.

  • FYI - News

    The Optic will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday. We will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday.

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    New Mexico reported the biggest monthly drop in unemployment among all states, falling from 8.7 percent in February to 8.1 percent in March, according to The Associated Press. The unemployment rate fell in two-thirds of the nation’s states last month.

  • Land commissioner files suit over tire dump

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell said Tuesday he’s going to court to address a massive tire dump that stretches through a remote arroyo in northeastern New Mexico.

    The tires were put there over several years by Harold Daniels, a Mora County rancher and owner of the Northeast New Mexico Regional Landfill near Wagon Mound. Daniels said previously that with permission from state officials, he diverted tires from the landfill to the arroyo as part of an effort to control erosion.