Local News

  • LVCS approves creation of electronic sports team

    The Las Vegas City Schools board approved the adoption of a competitive video game team at its regular meeting Thursday night.

    Recognized by the New Mexico Activities Association, the school-sanctioned activity known as "e-sports" pits a team of video game players from one school against other schools across the state. The best-performing teams will even compete for a state championship title.

  • Mayor, Council still don't agree on Housing Authority path

    The path going forward for the Las Vegas Housing Authority seems to be, as the saying goes, clear as mud.

  • Police: Men let child abuse suspect out of car

    Two 19-year-old parents were arrested on child abuse charges last week following a fight at a Las Vegas apartment complex, and later, two more men were arrested after one of the parents was allegedly let out of a police car by civillians.

    Roman Sandoval and Alycia Lucero were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on felony abuse of a child charges after police were called to the couple’s residence around 2 a.m. on Sept. 13. Las Vegas police had initially been called to the residence in the 500 block of Mountain View Drive for a domestic disturbance.

  • Highlands graduate student lands social policy internship

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands social work graduate student landed an internship aimed at helping develop social policy in New Mexico through the lens of global social justice.

    Katrina Ortiz is a second-year Master of Social Work student at Highlands who will complete a fall 2018 and spring 2019 internship at the Santa Fe Council on International Relations.

  • America the can-do nation is compromised

    Is it just me, or is it more difficult to be optimistic these days?

    Sure, life is easier than it used to be, but it’s also more complicated, so as far as I’m concerned those two things sort of balance each other out. And while we’re enjoying a growing economy, we’ve also got President Trump, so that’s a wash too.

  • City to hold off on utilities increase

    A recent decision to raise utility rates for City of Las Vegas customers has been put on hold at the urging of Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón.

    Customers are receiving a notice this month about a rate increase of as much as 3.4 percent — a decision reached by Utliites Director Maria Gilvarry when she thought a rate increase review was required per city ordinance. However, Gurulé-Girón said her conclusion is the ordinance gives the city the option of imposing an increase, but doesn't require an increase be done.

  • We’re all ears

    It’s Homecoming week at Robertson High School.

    Freshmen Amanda Bustamante and Nevaeh Lujan had their Minnie Mouse ears on during “Disney and Nickelodeon Monday.”

    Other fun themes are scheduled throughout the week. Friday’s parade is set for 1:30 p.m. and will run from the RHS campus area through downtown Las Vegas.

    The Homecoming queen and king will be crowned at halftime of the Cardinals’ 7 p.m. game against Socorro.

    West Las Vegas High School is set to celebrate Homecoming next week.

  • A place of her own

    By Susie Tsyitee, Special to the Optic

    When young people launch new businesses, invest in the community, and find ways to stay in Las Vegas, it’s a dream-come-true for most local families.

    That dream is shared by Cheyanne Cunico, entrepreneur and hair stylist who recently opened No. 821 Hair Design at 128 Bridge Street.

    Cunico graduated from Luna Community College with an associate’s degree, a cosmetology license and a plan to have her own salon.

  • Las Vegas man charged with attempted murder

    A 47-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center late Saturday night after Las Vegas Police said he beat his girlfriend with a bat.

    Isidro A. Pacheco was charged with attempted murder and resisting or evading an officer. His first San Miguel Magistrate Court appearance was set for Tuesday afternoon; he is being held at SMCDC without bond.

  • Robertson High 2018 Homecoming events

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Here’s the Robertson High School 2018 Homecoming schedule. This year’s theme is “TV favs.”

    Sunday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m: