Local News

  • City schedule for this week

    Submitted to the Optic

    Below is the City of Las Vegas Solid Waste pick up schedule  for the Fourth of July holiday:

    • Monday, July 3 — Regular and commercial routes will be on regular pick-up. Transfer station will be open, but city hall will be closed. The Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be open for regular hours.

    • Tuesday, July 4 ­ — Residential route will not be picked up. Commercial routes will be picked up. Transfer station will be closed. The Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m..

  • School employee allegedly falsified grades

    By Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    At least one Mora High School 2016-17 boys’ basketball player allegedly had his grades doctored by a school district employee so he could continue to play this past season despite failing grades, according to a report.

    The Mora boys’ varsity team allegedly had at least one player on its roster this past season, who was not eligible to participate due to grades — an apparent violation of New Mexico Activities Association rules.

  • 2017 Fiestas de Las Vegas - Fiestas to run today through July 4

    Get ready, Las Vegas. The time is now for the annual Fourth of July Fiestas. This year’s event will feature several big name bands including Little Joe y La Familia and Las Vegas’ own Gonzalo and Brenda Ortega. More than 30 bands are scheduled to perform for this year’s event, which starts this evening at 5:30 with the Reina Mariachi Mass and Procession at Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

  • Police apprehend theft suspect

    A quick-thinking Las Vegas Police Department officer has helped recover a stolen truck. The man who allegedly was driving that truck is facing four felony charges and one misdemeanor.

    Tyler Flores, 37, of Ribera, has been charged with receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, a second-degree felony, aggravated fleeing of an officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, all fourth degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

  • In Brief - News - June 30, 2017

    The Associated Press
    S.F. County raises tax
    SANTA FE, N.M.  — Santa Fe county commissioners voted to increase the gross receipt tax by one-eighth of a cent, taking the tax rate in Santa Fe city limits to 8.4375 percent and the rate in unincorporated parts of the county to 7.125 percent next year, to fund essential services such as public safety and mental health.

    The move is expected to generate an additional $4.6 million a year for the county. The tax increase will take effect Jan. 1.

  • Correction - June 30, 2017

    Lee Einer, the public information officer for the City of Las Vegas, corrected and clarified some aspects of recent stories about flooring improvements and repairs to City Hall — specifically about a quote provided by Price’s Furniture.

    Price’s was offering laminate flooring, not tile or hardwood.

    In the language of the state procurement code, these would be price quotes rather than bids.

    With Price’s flooring, the quote was for the original work, not the emergency repairs that were done a year later.

  • Little progress evident as GOP hunts health bill votes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is exploring options for salvaging the battered Republican health care bill, even as he confronts an expanding chorus of GOP detractors.

    That is deepening the uncertainty over whether the party can resuscitate its promise to repeal President Barack Obama’s overhaul.

  • Weather - June 30, 2017


    HIGH 83°/ LOW 51°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. North wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
    5:49 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


    HIGH 80° / LOW 53°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    5:49 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

  • A hands-on approach to learning technology

    By Margaret McKinney
    N.M. Highlands University

    Several local children go to learn at the only dedicated computer science maker space in the state, located at Highlands University. There children get hands-on experience creating their own projects from robots to exploring virtual reality, thanks to an investment from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Luna officials bring in controversial figure as interim president

    NOTE: This story was updated Friday morning, June 30, to include an official statement from Luna Communuty College about Serna's hire as Interim President.

    A news release, dated June 29, confirms the Luna Community College Board of Trustees appointed Ricky Serna this week to be the Interim President while a national seach is conducted for a permanent president.

    Serna will assume the president's duties on Wednesday, July 5, for what will be up to an eight-month period. His compensation was not addressed in the news release.