Today's News

  • Distinguished NMHU Alumnus: Tomás E. Salazar

    NOTE: The following is the first in a series of profiles of Highlands University's Distinguished Alumni honorees as NMHU celebrates Homecoming this month.

    Tomás E. Salazar, the first Hispanic from New Mexico to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of New Mexico, is a lifelong education leader and former dean of Highlands’ College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Abq. woman, man arrested after landlord dispute and fight

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An Albuquerque man and woman were recently arrested after Las Vegas Police say a landlord punched a tenant and the man with her pulled out a gun.

    Rafael A. Calderon, 39, and Ernestine Saiz, 50, both of Albuquerque, were taken to the San Miguel County Detention Center on the evening of Sept. 6.

    Las Vegas Police were called to an address in the 600 block of Porter Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. initially because Saiz had advised police she wanted to serve her tenants with an eviction notice. 

  • Santa Fe protesters stand ground against trespassing charges

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A criminal defense attorney said Monday that protesters were acting within their rights when arrested in Santa Fe at a rally against a re-enactment of the return of Spanish conquerors to New Mexico, challenging local law enforcement's handling of the event.

    Eight people arrested by Santa Fe police last week pleaded not guilty Monday in municipal court to charges of criminal trespassing that could carry penalties of 90 days in jail or a $500 fine — or both.

  • Culinary entrepreneurship open for business at LCC

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    If you want to take your culinary entrepreneurship to the next level and attract wholesale buyers, La Cocina Commercial Kitchen at Luna Community College is ready to sign you up.

    Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bill Hendrickson said in a recent interview that final regulatory issues are being addressed, and kitchen users are encouraged to start applying.

  • Work of Art: A great memory for names

    One of my dreams as a teacher was to be able to greet students years after they’d moved on, and to be able to address them by their names, not just “Hi, there.”

    That lasted through the first week of my 8 a.m. class at Highlands University.

    As hard as I tried, there’d always be a set of twins with almost identical names and looks, or a Señor Muy Tarde who either failed to show up most of the time or signed his name illegibly or failed to articulate.

  • Give Dreamers a path forward

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Taos News.

    President Donald Trump has left to Congress the fate of hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers,” as they are frequently called — people brought to the United States as children without legal papers.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 13, 2017

     Editorial cartoon - Sept. 13, 2017

  • Friday night football: Robertson tames Lions; Dons' upset bid foiled

    No. 2 ranked Robertson rode a three-touchdown lead to a 34-14 win over visiting Santa Rosa on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium. Meanwhile, West Las Vegas led the No. 1 Portales Rams on the road before fading in a 56-28 defeat.

    West had led twice -- 13-7 and 21-14 in the first half. But the defending state champions outscored the Dons 42-7 after that. West fell to 1-2 with a homecoming date against Albuquerque Academy coming up.

    Robertson stayed unbeaten at 3-0. The Cardinals scored first on a turnover and led 21-0 at halftime.

  • Remediation moves ahead at Hotel Castañeda

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Visiting the website for the Hotel Castañeda, www.hotelcastaneda.org reveals at least two things: the site is under construction, and its domain type, as a “dot org,” reminds visitors that the site belongs to a nonprofit.

  • Police: gun fired near Las Vegas bar

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was arrested after a recent incident in which a handgun was fired from a moving vehicle.

    Las Vegas Police say Ron M. Montoya, 25, is the person who fired a handgun at pedestrians from the passenger seat of a car on Aug. 27. He was later charged with shooting from a motor vehicle, negligent use of a deadly weapon while under the influence of an intoxicant or narcotic. He was released from the San Miguel Detention Center to the custody of his mother the following day, Aug. 28.