Local News

  • Vegas couple recognized by writer’s group

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named a Las Vegas couple’s anthology as one of its Star Projects for 2016.

    Las Vegas residents Corie and Sean Weaver edit and publish the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, a collection of 24 science- fiction short stories for middle grade readers.

  • Higher ed bracing for more budget cuts

    The Associated Press

    Public colleges and universities in New Mexico are bracing for budget cuts as state lawmakers prepared to deal with a budget shortfall of up to $650 million.

    Albuquerque Republican Rep. Jimmie Hall told The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that many lawmakers consider higher education one of the easiest areas to cut.

    Hall, the vice chairman of the Legislative Finance Committee, says constituents, lobbyists, legislators and staff have all told him to start by reducing higher education funding.

  • Ulibarri visits White House

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The White House invited a Highlands University media arts graduate and leader in the national maker space movement to share his expertise at an Aug. 24 Nation of Makers meeting.

    Mariano Ulibarri’s Parachute Factory put Las Vegas on the map in 2012 as the first maker space for youths in the state. His work caught the attention of the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House.

  • Weather - Sept. 4, 2016


    HIGH 81° / LOW 55°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    6:36 a.m. to 7:23 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 4, 2016

    In 1966
    Friday, Aug. 26, 1966 — This is the last publication of the Las Vegas Daily Optic as an afternoon newspaper. General Manager Stuart Beck announced today that the Daily Optic will resume publication Monday as a morning newspaper to be published each Monday through Friday. Beck said. Editor Cal Wilson said, “The coverage of our community in our news pages will be vastly improved. Our deadline for each publication will be as late as possible so that our readers are given developments of the previous day and night in a fresh package each morning.”

  • Celebrating Union Elementary’s success

    Union Elementary is doing something right. The West Las Vegas School is making strides in academics.

    Wednesday afternoon the students, staff and teachers earned a special visit from Gov. Susana Martinez and state Education Secretary Hanna Skandera. They recognized the local school for its stellar performance in the PARCC test this past school year. The students’ math scores now are ranked among the best in the state for their growth in math.

  • HU Trolley Building completed

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University transformed a unique historic Las Vegas landmark into a state-of-the-art facility for its Media Arts and Technology Department.

    Classes began in the 21,027-square-foot Trolley Building Aug. 17. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the building is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at 12th Street and San Francisco Avenue.

  • Professional staff form bargaining unit

    Professional staff at New Mexico Highlands University have succeeded in their quest to join the school’s union.

    The new unit, which represents roughly 80 professional staff, was officially certified by the state labor board on Wednesday. Those employees are now part of the New Mexico Highlands University Faculty and Staff Association.

  • Civil rights sites at risk of being lost to history

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A once-thriving all-black settlement in the New Mexico desert is a ghost town that rarely appears on maps. Tour buses pass but never stop at a Houston building where Latino activists planned civil rights events. Motels that welcomed minority motorists along 1950s Route 66 sit abandoned.

    From a Civil War battlefield where Hispanic Union soldiers fought to birthplaces of civil rights leaders, sites linked to the nation’s struggle for racial equality are overlooked, neglected and absent from travel guides.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 2, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 22 and Aug. 30:
    Aaron Salazar, 32, seven-day commitment, Las Vegas Municipal Court/ San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Nancy Jaramillo, 45, probation violation: failure to complete treatment, District Court
    Juan Encinias, 64, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Michael Dominguez, 31, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Alfonso Garduño, 30, bench warrant: failure to appear, Bernalillo