Local News

  • Mora schools chief submits resignation

    MORA — It’s official. Charles Trujillo, the embattled superintendent of the Mora Independent School District, submitted his written resignation, and the school board approved it at a special meeting on Friday.

    The resignation follows an investigative report by the Optic that Trujillo faked his credential in order to obtain his administrative license. Trujillo surrendered his education licenses to the state Public Education Department two days after the Optic story was published.

  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 1, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Corpus Christi Caller-Times on immigration (Oct. 14):

    The recent stories in the Caller-Times of young adult immigrants who grew up in this country, only to be deported or forced out by other circumstances, tore our hearts. They also demonstrated on a human level that immigration is more complex of an issue than our laws are designed to address and our politicians care to admit.

  • Study: Kids take 100-plus required tests through 12th grade

    By Jennifer C. Kerr and Josh Lederman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Students, parents and teachers have long lamented the hours that kids spend taking standardized tests, especially since the introduction of the Common Core academic standards. But just how much time each year is it?

  • Administration looks into student debt

    By Lisa Leff
    The Associated Press

    U.S. colleges will face new restrictions on using debit cards to distribute financial aid, and people with low incomes will have new options for repaying student loans under a pair of regulations given final approval by the Obama administration on Tuesday.

  • Mora, Zuni saw big drops in graduation rates

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Some rural New Mexico school districts saw around a 20-percentage point drop in high school graduation rates over three years while others experienced a 15 percentage point decline in just a year, according to a review by The Associated Press.

  • Correction - Nov. 1, 2015

    Mikael Vigil, 6, of Las Vegas rides a pony during the recent Halloween Carnival and Pumpkin Festival held late last month at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.  The Optic misidentified Vigil in Wednesday’s front page.

  • Optic staffers land NM press awards

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Las Vegas Optic received seven awards during the 107th annual New Mexico Press Association convention held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in late September.

    Also at this year’s convention, Optic editor and publisher Martin Salazar was elected to a one-year term as president of the New Mexico Press Association.

    Contest awards were handed out during an evening banquet.

  • Vegas woman stabbed, robbed

    By Martín Salazar

    A Highlands University student was stabbed twice in the chest while parked at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue on Monday morning.

    Natasha Lopez, who was watching Netflix on her cellphone while waiting for her Highlands class to start, also sustained a severe cut to her left hand after she grabbed the knife to keep from being stabbed a third time. Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said her injuries were not life-threatening.

  • Skandera puts brakes on Trujillo’s paid leave

    By Martín Salazar
    and Mercy López

    The Mora Independent School District’s plan to continue paying Superintendent Charles Trujillo pending the outcome of a state Public Education Department investigation ran into a major snag on Tuesday.

  • Senior Profile: A life of accomplishments

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Having celebrated his 90th birthday in September, Pete J. Bustamante can look back on having a fulfilled life. Now the military veteran is under the care of his son and namesake, Peter, who left his job as an elementary school counselor in Belen in 2014 to watch over his father.

    Admittedly, the elder Bustamante’s physical activity has slowed down — “mostly watching TV and gardening,” he said, wistfully. But it wasn’t always that way.