Today's News

  • 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.

  • Weather - June 14, 2017


    HIGH 87° / LOW 50°
    Sunny, with a high near 87. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night ­— clear, with a low around 50.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:18 p.m.


    HIGH 90° / LOW 50°
    Sunny, with a high near 90. North wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Thursday night — clear, with a low around 50.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:18 p.m.

  • Swimming lessons
  • Que Pasa - June 14, 2017

    Friends of Las Vegas Carnegie Library will present Zoo To You at noon at the library. The performance is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. Attendees and lunch are limited for this free performance. Contact Zach at 505-426-3304 to register.

    7 p.m.

  • Trump is not Hitler

    This editorial was recently published in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    Donald Trump is a lot of things, but he’s not Adolf Hitler.

    While perusing social media for news tips on a daily basis, we see a lot of nonsensical things. Many of them are political in nature. Most recently, photos of Adolf Hitler beside President Trump have caught our attention.

    “Fascism has come to America!” one meme proclaims.

    “Heil Trump!” blasts another one, referencing the Nazi salute “Heil Hitler!”

  • Work of Art: Lemonade stand creates juicy news

    A friend, Luke Phillips, who used to work in the composing room at the Optic, when it was on Lincoln Avenue, dropped a note recently, in which he explained that the city council session he covers in a California town had been meeting for three hours and had yet to finish Item #1 on the agenda.

    Ah, the glamour people in the news business can experience amounts to pure splendor!