Local News

  • Las Vegas man pleads to robberies

    A 24-year-old Las Vegas man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to a four-count indictment stemming from a two-day crime spree in San Miguel and Sandoval Counties in 2011.

    Daniel Lujan has yet to be formally sentenced on the charges. But under the terms of his plea agreement, he will be sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by a term of supervised release that the court will determine, the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a news release.

    Among the businesses Lujan admitted to robbing was the Legion Park branch of Community 1st Bank on Aug. 1, 2011.

  • Making a splash
  • King lags in governor’s race

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — After a summer of bruising television ads in New Mexico’s race for governor, Democrat Gary King remains optimistic he can close the gap in an uphill challenge against Republican incumbent Susana Martinez.

    The two-term attorney general trailed Martinez by 9 percentage points in a recent poll and lags far behind in fundraising.

    But King is undaunted.

  • State sees drop in infant mortality rate

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The infant mortality rate in New Mexico has dropped significantly last year, but health officials said this week that the change is not rare.

    The latest figures show a decrease from 6.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012 to 5.4 in 2013, the state Department of Health said Tuesday.

    “The infant mortality rate in New Mexico can vary substantially from year to year,” Health Secretary Retta Ward said in a news release. “Steep increases or decreases from year to year are not uncommon.”

  • Workers who make a difference

    Editor’s note:  To commemorate Labor Day, the Optic is featuring short profiles of a few of the workers in our community who quietly make a difference. To all workers, we wish you a restful Labor Day.

    It’s 2:30 a.m. on a Wednesday, and Optic driver Gerald Roybal is already getting out of bed.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 1, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, Sept. 1 — New Mexico today submitted a $3.7 million request to the federal government for the first stage in its local war on poverty program. The money will be used to set up a 1,000-boy training camp near Las Vegas. The camp, which will eventually be used to train boys from throughout the Southwest, will have a staff of up to 150 persons, and will probably use Peace Corps trainees as instructors.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 1, 2014

    Story Time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Sept. 1, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 54.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.


  • FYI - Sept. 1

    Bad news, Longmire fans. A&E confirmed last week that it is not renewing the series for what would have been its fourth season. The series was shot in and around Las Vegas and has a loyal following here. There is still hope that another network may pick up the series.

  • Poor results for LV teachers

    The results are in, and they’re not pretty.

    Data provided to state lawmakers Wednesday during a joint meeting of the Legislative Finance Committee and Legislative Education Study Committee reveal that Las Vegas teachers performed poorly in the recently revamped teacher evaluation system.

    Statewide, three-fourths of New Mexico’s teachers were rated as effective or better. Las Vegas teachers didn’t come close to reaching that percentage.