Local News

  • Police probe 2 unrelated shootings

    Las Vegas police investigating a drive-by shooting ended up in an hourslong standoff with two suspects early Friday morning.

    The drive-by shooting occurred at around midnight Thursday on Tecolote Street, Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño confirmed. He said no one was injured in the shooting.

    State police, meanwhile, are investigation an apparently unrelated shooting that occurred on Dec. 14 in Ribera, about 20 miles south of Las Vegas on Interstate 25. In that case, a man was shot, though authorities aren’t disclosing many details.

  • Hanukkah: Maccabees, menorahs and miracles

    By Diana Presser
    For the Optic

    This weekend, the Judeo-Christian world will celebrate their respective miracles of Divine light: Christians will recall the Star of Bethlehem guiding the Magi to the Baby Jesus, and Jews will commemorate the Festival of Light, or Hanukkah.  

    Both of these events occurred during the Second Temple Period, spanning over 400 years from 516 BCE to 70 CE, when Jerusalem’s Temple stood as the spiritual center of Judaism in the ancient world.  

  • Through Santa’s eyes

    By Carol Ann Conner

  • Fourth behavioral health provider leaving New Mexico

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A fourth Arizona-based provider of substance abuse and mental health services is leaving New Mexico.

    The New Mexican reports that Valle del Sol is one of five Arizona nonprofits that began contracting with the New Mexico Human Services Department in 2013 to provide treatment for low-income New Mexicans.

  • Weather - Dec. 25, 2016


    HIGH 34° / LOW 18°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Windy.
    Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 18. Breezy.
    7:08 a.m. to 4:54 p.m.


    HIGH 43° / LOW 21°
    Sunny, with a high near 43. Monday night — mostly clear, with a low around 21.
    7:09 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Dec. 25, 2016

    Friday, Dec. 30, 1966 — The West Las Vegas Dons. Winners of the 1966 Stu Clark Tournament, had their trophy presented to them by Gov. David Cargo. The Dons won the eight-team tournament by defeating Taos Central Catholic School, 63-50. The team consists of Adam Griego, Harlan Allison, Christy Patron, Carlos Montoya, Joe Lopez, Sal Esquibel, Alfred Griego, Frank Montenegro, Eddie Ortega, Sixto Chavez, Steve Longchase and Benny Gallegos, who led all scorers with 35.

  • East incumbents running unopposed

    Las Vegas City Schools board members Leroy Lujan and Gabe Lucero are running unopposed to retain their seats during the upcoming school board election in February.

    But the same can’t be said for West Las Vegas School Board members Christine Ludi and Robert Witters, as both are facing opposition to retain their seats. West board chairman David Romero announced late last week that he wouldn’t be seeking re-election. A former board member’s wife is seeking Romero’s vacant seat.

    Both school board elections take place on Feb. 7.

  • A new tradition - Museum showcases nonprofit

    The local Rough Rider Museum is full of memorabilia documenting Las Vegas’ long history. This month, the museum is also home to a very special Christmas tree.

    Among the historic items is a tree decorated by the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico, a local non-profit. Earlier this year, museum director Cabrini Martinez reached out to local non-profit organizations to invite them to decorate a tree to be on display at the local museum, located on Grand Avenue.  

  • Manager gets contract extension

    City Manager Richard Trujillo and three other top city administrators were given one-year contract extensions on Wednesday, though in Trujillo’s case the Council vote was not unanimous.

    Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron presented the new contracts to the Council during Wednesday’s regular meeting. Also receiving contract extensions were City Attorney Chico Gallegos, City Police Chief Juan Montaño and City Clerk Casandra Fresquez.

  • State approves reopening nuclear dump

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico regulators have approved restarting normal operations at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository, a major step for U.S. officials aiming to reopen the facility nearly three years after a radiation leak shut it down indefinitely.