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Today's News

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, April 13, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 5 and April 13, 2018:

  • Man, accused of firing gun at victim, said it was ‘firewworks’

    Benny Ortiz Jr., 39, of Las Vegas, was arrested on March 30 after police say he fired a handgun at another man at a residence.

    Reports state Las Vegas Police were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of New Mexico Avenue about 6:42 p.m. They made contact with a woman who told them a man identified as Ortiz had a firearm and was in her backyard.

  • Students receive recognition for outstanding leadership

    By Margaret McKinney
    N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University students received recognition for their outstanding leadership in and out of the classroom and other contributions to the university at the 20th Annual Student Leadership Recognition Banquet April 4.

    The Office of Campus Life, directed by Margaret Gonzales, organizes the event each year.

  • Please vote on Tuesday

    Think of the people in your life who tell you that they don’t vote; that votes don’t matter, every election is pre-determined, folks behind  the scenes have arranged it all.

    Notice how often crucial elections are decided by a handful of votes. “I didn’t make it to the polls this time” is a common excuse people give for staying away from the voting booth.

  • N.M. homelessness — as seen by a Norwegian

    My name is Annika, and I am a volunteer at the Samaritan House in Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA. Currently, I’m studying at the United World college in Montezuma, but primarily, I live in Norway.

    I moved here in August 2017 to attend the World College, and since then I have been going to the shelter with a group of other people from my school, every week.

    Considering the background I come from, I was not very familiar with homelessness before coming here.

  • Investing in a child is investing in the future

    A few years ago a 60 something-year-old man came to me for help. It was my first time meeting him. As an attorney having practiced law for over three and a half decades, I was ready to address his legal issues.
    I listened as he began to share his story. His issue was completely unrelated to his upbringing, but he began his story by saying “When I was seven years old my parents got divorced.” He proceeded to explain his current legal problem almost 60 years later.

  • Do what works to provide student success

    By Charles Goodmacher

    Teachers and other educators across the nation say “enough” to chronic underfunding of public education. Here in New Mexico, educators await a positive outcome to the lawsuit against the State for failing to provide public schools the supports necessary for statewide student success.

    The National Education Association-New Mexico applauds every parent, school district board of education and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund who bring the lawsuit.

  • Meadow City Invite

    Robertson and West Las Vegas boys’ teams finished second and third, respectively, in Thursday’s Meadow City Invitational.

    St. Mike’s won the boys’ team title.

    Clayton was the big winner on the girls’ side, with West fourth and Robertson seventh.

    The Mora boys and girls both placed ninth.

    See the Optic print and online editions this coming week for more on the meet.

  • City firefighters address audit findings publicly

    Wednesday's Las Vegas City Council work session didn't have much planned for discussion.

    It was an unscheduled contribution, during the public input period, that attempted to provide clarity on concerns raised during a recently released special audit.

  • A global sport: UWC embraces rugby as an activity of choice

    By Dave Wheelock
    Special to the Optic

    A dozen or so teenage women stand close together on the grass, listening intently to the young man offering real-world advice in an African accent.

    Each is clad in the navy blue jerseys, shorts, and knee stockings of the Montezuma Rugby Club, and all are students at the United World College near Las Vegas, New Mexico. One girl wears a Muslim hijab and leggings. None of the girls has ever played in a “live” rugby match before today.