Today's News

  • ONLINE UPDATE: Area schools to have delays Tuesday

    Several area K-12 school districts and colleges announced Monday night that operations would be delayed Tuesday morning due to icy conditions.

    Las Vegas City Schools, West Las Vegas Schools, Pecos, Wagon Mound and Mora Schools and Mora County offices will be starting two hours late Tuesday. 

  • BREAKING: Icy roads, crashes close interstate

    As of 6:59 p.m. Monday, Interstate 25 has been closed between Las Vegas exit 343 to Rowe due to multiple vehicle accidents and icy conditions.

    At 6:30 p.m., I-25 was closed at Romeroville exit 339 both directions due to crashes and black ice. Southbound traffic is diverted at Romeroville and northbound traffic is diverted at Tecolote onto the frontage road.

  • Optic office closed Monday

    The Optic's office will be closed Monday.

    Our office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  • Saturday sports updates: RHS wrestlers win two at Joe; Lady Dons fifth at Hope

    This weekend in sporting events involving Las Vegas-area teams:

    * West Las Vegas' girls basketball defeated Taos 59-46 in the consolation final (fifth place) of the Hope Christian tournament Saturday in Albuquerque.

    In a meeting of district rivals, the Lady Dons dominated but had to hold off a fourth-quarter rally from the Lady Tigers, who trailed 51-28 going into the fourth period. West led 39-20 at the halfway point.

    Cameron Sandoval of West was named to the all-tournament team.

  • Arrest made in PED licensure forgery case

    An arrest was made late last week in a long-active case regarding educational administrator licenses.

  • Multi-platinum artist to play at NMHU in early February

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    He’s a cowboy. In a steel truck he drives.

    Multi-platinum country artist Josh Turner will perform at Highlands University’s Wilson A. Complex in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 3.

    Tickets are on sale online at www.outhousetickets.com or at the university’s radio station, KEDP at 901 University Ave.

  • WLV leaves superintendent salary at $110,000

    West Las Vegas School Superintendent Chris Gutierrez will be working with his current salary of $110,000 when he begins the first year of his two-year contract on July 1, 2018.

    The terms of his contract were approved by the West Las Vegas School Board on Thursday night.

    The school’s fiscal year runs July 1 through June 30. Because Gutierrez was awarded a two-year contract during the Board’s Dec. 27 special meeting, the Board later will need to later re-visit his contract terms for 2019-20.

  • Show, artwork to honor valued citizen

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Las Vegas is celebrating the birthday of a hometown hero, Joseph Gonzales, on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Las Vegas Arts Council’s Gallery 140, 140 Bridge St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a potluck party and a gallery show opening.

    That unusual combination of events was sparked by an Amber Lon MacLean painting hanging in Highlands University’s Fourth Invitational New Mexico Painters Exhibition.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Jan. 14, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 6 and Jan. 11:

  • Luis E. Armijo Elementary Dec. 2017 Students of the Month

    Here are the Luis E. Armijo Elementary School students of the month for December 2017.

    They are Christian Collins, Jordan Duran, Del Amor Gallegos, Jonah Varela, Curtis Pacheco, Melina Lopez, Aaliyana Lussow, Alleya Andrade, Alazai Brito and Antonio Barraza-Ruiz.