Today's News

  • Growing Isiaha: For onetime Dons point guard, gratitiude is big

    When Isaiha Gallegos was a little boy he told his grandma Josephine that one day when he grew up he was going to buy her a mansion and hire assistants to help her around the house.

    See, Isaiha Gallegos appreciates many things in life. Perhaps he appreciates his grandma and his grandfather Ruben the most. The duo raised Isaiha from the age of one. They also raised Isaiha’s older sister.

  • City moves cleanup date

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Due to the Easter and Good Friday holidays, the Ward 3 Clean-up and Amnesty Day originally scheduled for March 31 has been rescheduled for April 7 and will happen in conjunction with the Ward 4 Clean-up and Amnesty Day.

    Also, City of Las Vegas offices will close at noon on Friday in observance of Good Friday.

  • MainStreet de Las Vegas gets national accreditation

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Recently, the Economic Development Department announced that the National Main Street Center and its partners have accredited local New Mexico MainStreet programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four-Point Approach.

    This accreditation, which went to MainStreet de Las Vegas and several other New Mexico organizations, will allow them to continue their work in revitalizing downtown economies.

  • Smiling Rotarians

    Sharon Vander Meer photo

    The smiles of Las Vegas Rotarians Janet Remenyik, Rose Contreras Taylor and Mary Wolf reflect the success of the first Rotary-sponsored Chinese New Year dinner and silent auction.

    The March 1 event raised funds for Rotary youth and other projects, and promoted the goals of Rotary locally and around the world.

    The event, sponsored in part by the Plaza Hotel, the Range Café, and Southwest Capital Bank, was highly successful with more than 200 tickets sold.

  • Six and strumming

    Theresa Wesner photo

    Six-year-old Sophia Salazar of Taos was among the many talented musicians who performed at last Saturday’s ninth annual Las Vegas Youth Mariachi Conference at Robertson High.

    Students from at least five northern New Mexico school systems were slated to perform, along with special guests.

    More photos from this event will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Optic.

  • West board discusses security measures

    At its March 22 meeting, the West Las Vegas School Board met at the Valley School in Ribera.

    Valley Elementary and Middle School principal Becky Gallegos offered safety measures that the school was implementing, and also presented the board with the initiatives she set for the 2017-18 school year.

    Unlike some of its regular monthly meetings, which can adjourn near 9 p.m., this meeting ended shortly after 7 p.m., according to Veronica Ulibarri, human resources coordinator.

  • Morphy Lake work to begin in August

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Farmers of the Acequia de la Isla and the Acequia de San Jose in Ledoux expect to start renovation of Morphy Lake Dam this August. 
    State Sen. Pete Campos requested $2 million in funding in support of the Morphy Lake Renovation Project to make it safe and functional.

    Acequias Isla and San Jose Presidents Harold Trujillo and Joe Pacheco both thanked Campos for his support for years on the project, saying in a statement: “The dam is more than 75 years old, and is in desperate need of repair.”

  • NMHU professor is ‘Everyday Hero’

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The New Mexico Office of African American Affairs honored a Highlands University professor for being a mentor who empowers her black students.

    Gloria Gadsden, a Highlands criminal justice professor, received the office’s Everyday Hero Award.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, March 30, 2018

    There sure are a lot of folks who oppose recommended solutions, especially when a change would inconvenience them, cost them money or create extra work. This seems to have come up a lot during conversations about firearms, but also in less vague matters, such as municipal or county affairs.

  • Fresh young voices must be heard

    Every now and then, big national news turns into significant small-town news. You can see it on the pages of many hometown newspapers.

    Since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., there have been plenty of reports of threats making the news — all over New Mexico. Estancia, Roswell and others have closed schools for a day or more as a result of threats.