Local News

  • Changing of guard

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said with greater power comes greater responsibility. The former deputy chief was sworn in Friday as interim chief by Mayor Alfonso Ortiz.

    Montaño replaces Gary Gold, who retired Friday after more than three years on the job.

  • Highlands gets USDA funding

    Highlands University was awarded a new $290,000 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant aimed at increasing student interest in science majors and professions.

    “The primary purpose of this new grant is to motivate students to major in science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math — the STEAM disciplines,” said Edward Martinez, a Highlands University natural resources professor who is the project administrator for the grant.

  • Woman killed in crash near Pecos

    An Albuquerque woman was killed late Sunday evening when the car she was driving crashed just north of Pecos.

    Just before 11 p.m. Sunday, state police officers from the Pecos office responded to the scene of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 25 near mile post 316.  

    Upon the officers’ arrival and through their investigation, they found out that Angelica Gallegos, 18, was driving southbound on Interstate 25 in a 2006 Pontiac.

  • Las Vegas Arts Council hosts show, workshop

    The Las Vegas Arts Council celebrates creative tinwork in its first Northern New Mexico Tin Art-Contemporary and Traditional Show in progress through Nov. 29 at the arts council gallery, 140 Bridge St.

    Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, or by appointment.

    Everyone is invited to a public reception with refreshments and an ongoing tin holiday ornament sale to benefit the council, from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. The arts council will also host a tin ornament workshop Saturday, Dec. 4.

  • Schools wrestle with bullying


    By Don Pace

    Las Vegas Optic


    During a briefing on bullying from East side school principals, board member Patrick Romero asked everyone at the board meeting to raise their hand if they had experienced bullying or had bullied. 


    Every person in the room raised a hand.


  • Man charged in chase


    Las Vegas Optic


    A man led state police officers on a long chase on Halloween, going around several spike strips laid in his path.


    Damian Coriz, 23, of Santo Domingo Pueblo, was charged with reckless driving, aggravated fleeing from officers, DWI, and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. 


  • Mora officer fired after alleged DWI


    Las Vegas Optic


    The Mora County officer who is accused of driving drunk in his government car has lost his job.


    Ramon Montoya, 28, of Sapello was terminated last week, Undersheriff Michael Benajamin confirmed. It was done after an internal affairs investigation, he said. 


    On Oct. 25, Montoya was found passed out in an unmarked sheriff’s car on Interstate 25, state police said. 


  • HU plans turf for fields


    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic


    Highlands University has chosen a company to put in turf for the university’s baseball and softball fields. 


    The turf will be applied to the baseball infield and softball outfield and will cost $645,000.


  • Official: Cafeteria may gain popularity


    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic


    Highlands University is going out to bid for its food service contract. 

    Bill Taylor, the school’s vice president of finance, said there’s a lot of interest in the contract because the student cafeteria will be moving into the new student union building, which is under construction at Eighth Street and National Avenue. 


  • Gold leaving as police chief

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic


    Today is Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold’s last day as chief.

    For much of the year, he has talked about retiring. He gave notice a few weeks ago that he would.


    Technically, he is with the city until Dec. 31 because of his accumulated leave. 


    Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño will assume the role of interim chief. He said he will apply for the permanent position.