Today's News

  • Fiesta Run registration ongoing

    Registration for the 2017 Las Vegas Fiesta Run is under way.

    The Fiesta Run, sponsored by Southwest Capital Bank, will be held Sunday, July 2, with the first races starting at 7 a.m.

    Participants may choose from the 10-kilometer run, 5K run, 5K walk and a 1-mile children’s run.

    Registration is available at www.active.com and www.lvfiestarun.com. The deadline to sign up is Monday, June 26. No registrations will be conducted on the day of the run.

  • Fly tying clinic in Pecos

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Truchas Chapter of Trout Unlimited brings its expertise in fly-tying to Pecos National Historical Park this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18.  

    Drop by the park visitor center between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for hands-on fly-tying practice and to learn more about this artful tradition.

    For more information, contact Pecos NHP at 505-757-7241.

    Those interested can also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 16, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes (AKA Green Chile Cheeseburgers) vs. Fresno Grizzlies (AKA Tacos), 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Las Vegas Little League minors division championship, 6 p.m., Keyes Park
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 8:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.


  • NMHU to get new football field courtesy of donor

    From NMHU and Optic reports

    New Mexico Highlands University soon will have a new football field thanks in large part to a couple with a long history of giving to Las Vegas and the university.

    Leveo Sanchez and his wife Patricia donated $500,000 to replace the football field along with another $100,000 to renovate the Stu Clark athletics building.

  • Trujillo will stand trial in Mora case

    By Mercy López and Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Charles E. Trujillo, clad in a light colored sport coat, sat quietly next to his attorney Sam Bregman during a five-hour preliminary hearing on Friday. Every so often, Trujillo would pass Bregman a note as part of his defense for allegedly using fake credentials to become superintendent of Mora Independent Schools in 2015, a position that paid $100,000 annually.

  • West admins in place

    Students are on summer break, but it isn’t really a break for the West Las Vegas School District administration team.

    Monday, West Superintendent Christopher Gutierrez told the Optic that he has his administrative team in place for the upcoming school year.

    “I think it is going to be a good year,” Gutierrez said.

    In May, Gutierrez opened up several administrative positions within the district in an effort to reorganize and due to budget issues.

  • Deceased man found behind building

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Las Vegas Police were called to a building where a man’s body had been discovered Monday afternoon by passers-by.

    The body of a man, later identified as Ruben Ulibarri, 52, of Las Vegas, was discovered behind an industrial building near the intersection of 12th Street and National Avenue.

    Ulibarri's cause of death will be determined by the state’s medical investigator. Police said there were no signs of blunt trauma or other foul play at the scene. 

  • Battling hunger - Summer food program under way

    One out of four New Mexico children do no know where their next meals will come from, including many Las Vegas children. But both local school districts want to insure that children have  free healthy nutritious meals throughout the summer.

    Both local districts have opened their doors to offer breakfast and lunch to students. Anyone under the age of 18 may pick up a free breakfast or lunch at area schools.

    Last week, many families were seeing spending time playing at local parks while enjoying free lunches provided by the districts.

  • Police officer facing DWI charge

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    City Public Information Officer Lee Einer said Tuesday that a Las Vegas Police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after the officer was arrested for DWI over the weekend.

    Devin J. Adkins, 28, was arrested late Saturday afternoon after he was denied alcohol at Camel Rock Casino due to intoxication, then drove away from the casino in his vehicle, according to a report.

    He was due in Santa Fe Magistrate court Wednesday.

  • In Brief - News - June 14, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Gov. Martinez lifts hiring freeze
    SANTA FE — A hiring freeze New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez ordered in March is being lifted after state finances stabilized.

    A state Personnel Office spokesman told the Santa Fe New Mexican last week that the restrictions on new state hiring were lifted because it appears the state budget year won’t end with a deficit on June 30.