Local News

  • HU’s new recruitment director has wealth of experience

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    There was never a doubt in Jessica Jaramillo’s mind about the importance of an education. Her mother was a New Mexico Highlands graduate and enjoyed a 30-year teaching career. Her favorite aunt is a pharmacist.

    “My mother always stressed education, and I really looked up to my aunt,” Jaramillo said. “I wanted to have a great career and have great opportunities.”

  • We must change our world

    In my last column, I wrote about trying to make a positive difference in our increasingly frustrating and frightening world with my little project to smile as I pass people on the street or meet them in elevators. So far 62 people have responded with a smile or just that look that says, “I see you.”

  • Local santero featured in ‘Shrines and Wonders’

    Submitted to the Optic

    If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then a new book is giving residents and tourists a glimpse into the soul of Las Vegas and its Hispanic heritage.

    Titled “Shrines and Wonders: The Pilgrim’s Guide to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico,” the book features the Plaza Park bulto of Our Lady of Sorrows in Las Vegas and its creator Margarito R. Mondragón, a local santero.

    Mondragón carved the bulto in 2012 from a dying Chinese elm as a gift to the community.

  • Collaboration helps kids gain confidence

    By Carl-Martin Nelson

    MONTEZUMA — Ten-year-old Cadey Estrada looks up at the rock climbing wall in the Lansing Fieldhouse on the United World College-USA earlier this month.

    “I’m here to have fun!” she declares, apparently not intimidated by the challenge ahead of her.

    UWC-USA, in partnership with the city of Las Vegas Recreation Department, is sponsoring a rock climbing class as part of the city’s day camp program.

  • In Brief - News - July 31, 2016

    Optic Staff and Wire Reports

    Santa Fe National Forest lifts restrictions

    The Santa Fe National Forest has lifted campfire and smoking restrictions due to widespread rain across the forest and decreasing fire danger.

    The forest implemented Stage I fire restrictions on July 15 based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal

    Temperatures. Those restrictions were official lifted on Thursday.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — July 31, 2016

    Senior Lunch Menu

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers,
    with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Breakfast: Raisin Bran, apple juice, and English muffin with peanut butter
    Lunch: Green chile cheeseburger, pork and beans, corn on the cob, and

    Breakfast: Potato and egg burrito with cheese, juice, and salsa
    Lunch: Chicken strips, white cream gravy, mashed potatoes, winter blend
    vegetables, dinner roll, and yogurt

  • The ‘Cookie bookie’ and her hubby

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    It’s hard to sum up everything Ray and Joyce Litherland have done during their lives.

    Married almost 60 years, the Las Vegas couple raised three children. All have successful careers. The youngest, Kenneth, was born deaf.

    They’ve traveled the world and treated each of their seven grandchildren to trips of their choice for their 13th birthdays.

  • City hires contractor for rec center

    The City Council voted unanimously this week to award a $4.23 million contract to an Española company to rehab the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The city has also worked out a deal with New Mexico Highlands University that will give patrons of the rec center a place to work out while construction takes place.

    Tuesday’s vote by the Council represented a major breakthrough on the project. Just last week city officials were fretting over how to pay for the project because the lone contractor who bid on it came in significantly over budget.

  • Man wanted for firing semiautomatic rifle arrested

    Police have arrested the 19-year-old man accused of firing a semiautomatic rifle outside of Tequilas Bar earlier this month, as one of the victims in that incident spoke about the night she feared for her life and those of her children.
    Daniel Herrera, who resides on the 500 block of Mountain View, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Monday. He remained at the county jail as of Thursday.

  • Board didn’t know about special ed problems

    Las Vegas City Schools board president Leroy Lujan said this week that he and the other members of the board had not been apprised of the special education problems plaguing the district.

    Lujan said board members were blind-sided when they received a letter from the state Public Education Department in early May threatening to suspend the board and take over district operations if the problems weren’t immediately addressed.