Today's News

  • School chief search progresses

    The process of selecting the next superintendent at Las Vegas City Schools has been set. During a board meeting late last week the board agreed to qualifications for next superintendent as well as the time line for the process.

    The board hired New Mexico School Boards Association Superintendent Search Service Chief Consultant Dan Patterson to guide them in the superintendent selection process. The person selected will replace outgoing superintendent Ruben Cordova who announced his resignation late last month. His resignation becomes effective at the end of April.

  • Getting their groove on
  • Thrift store volunteer charged in theft

    A 34-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with commercial burglary and tampering with evidence, both fourth-degree felonies, for allegedly stealing several boxes of clothing from the Zoe Thrift Store.

    Joshua Bustos, who resides on the 1000 block of Union Street, was a volunteer at the thrift store. He was arrested by Las Vegas police on Friday.

    The theft was discovered and reported to police on Jan. 3.

    According to a probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday:

  • AG: No fraud found with 10 providers

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/node/add/newsTen nonprofits that had provided behavioral health services to needy New Mexicans were cleared Monday of fraud allegations as part of an investigation by the attorney general’s office, but state officials maintain there was still public money that was misspent.

  • NM lawmakers well compensated

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers were paid a combined $2.3 million last year for expenses, travel and other costs in what marked a 25 percent increase over the previous comparable legislative session.

    New Mexico is the only state in the nation where lawmakers receive no salary for their work, but taxpayers foot the bill for their mileage, meals and travel and other work expenses.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 10, 2016

    New mental health hospital pushed

    LAS CRUCES — A new report recommends adding 30 new hospital beds in southern New Mexico for adults with severe mental illness.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the study recommends partnering with a provider to take such patients while a new $15.5 million public facility is built in Dona Ana County.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 10, 2016
  • Weather - Feb. 10, 2016


    HIGH 67° / LOW 29°

    Sunny, with a high near 67. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night —
    mostly clear, with a low around 29. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

    6:53 a.m. to 5:37 p.m.



  • Fort Union Monument to host resume workshops

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fort Union National Monument, announces recruitment seminars at several local towns to acquaint local applicants with federal hiring websites and procedures.   

    “We are delighted to announce that we are recruiting for summer jobs performing maintenance and ruins preservation with the National Park Service. This is a great opportunity for local craftspeople and laborers to begin an exciting career with Las Vegas’ backyard national park” said Superintendent Charles Strickfaden.  

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 10, 2016


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.


    5:30 to 8 p.m.