Local News

  • A ribbon representation

    Several Las Vegas city officials and representatives of Love’s Travel Stops were present at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for the truck stop that opened on North Grand Avenue in Las Vegas earlier this summer. The new location has already overcome a minor gasoline leak, which was contained underground quickly during a shutdown of unleaded gasoline service for a few days before service could be safely restored. There are 479 Love’s stores and 22 hotels in the chain.

  • Donnelly reading group explores magic in literature

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    An upcoming reading group at New Mexico Highlands will explore magic in literature such as a Harry Potter book.

    Donna Woodford-Gormley, a Highlands University English professor, will lead the “Entering Magical Worlds” reading group.

    The free book discussions are from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave., on these dates:

  • Sing ’fore the supper

    Jose Gallegos, of the family trio “Los Charros,” the grand marshals of Monday’s Wagon Mound Bean Day Celebration parade, sings to the crowd. The parade and feast that followed were among the many events that were part of the weekend celebration, which drew thousands of people to the Wagon Mound area.

  • A wave of candidates

    A number of candidates for offices up for election in November have made their way to San Miguel and Mora counties recently. Sunday, gubernatorial hopeful Michelle Lujan Grisham made a delayed appearance in a packed Charlie’s Spic & Span restaurant Sunday morning, and she and many candidates and officials appeared in Monday’s Wagon Mound Bean Day Celebration parade.

  • Charter schools: Why are they effective?

    By Ed Williams, Searchlight New Mexico

    Sara Tafoya never pictured herself as one of New Mexico’s at-risk students. She came from a supportive, college-educated family in Albuquerque, had once earned good grades, and entertained dreams of going to college and becoming a physical therapist.

  • City, Storrie Project Association formally announce details of agreement

    The City Of Las Vegas and the Storrie Project Water Users Association recently announced they have finalized an agreement for longstanding perpetual storage needs.

    City of Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron announced that as of July 27, the SPWUA has finalized the agreement with the City of Las Vegas and granted and conveyed to the city an 800 acre-foot permanent storage easement in Storrie Lake Reservoir.

    In a news release, Gurulé-Giron said the agreement addresses the City’s historical storage shortages.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Sept. 2, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, 2018:

    Gallegos, Andreques, Resisting, Evading Or Obstructing An Officer (Resisting), Criminal Trespass (Unposted), Disorderly Conduct, Felony Criminal Damage To Property (Over $1000), Three Bench Warrants Failure To Appear/Failure To Pay.

    Montoya, Johnny G., Bench Warrant Fta/Ftp.

    Arguello, Adrian, Three Bench Warrants Fta/Ftp.

    Herrera, John David Felony Tampering With Evidence.

  • BCBSNM provides school supplies to Vegas students

    Submitted to the Optic

    Employees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico have been providing school supplies to students through the Operation Back to School campaign for 28 years.

    This year, BCBSNM employees raised more than $13,000 to purchase school supplies for 11 schools around the state.

    BCBSNM made a delivery to the Las Vegas City Schools administration office on Aug. 22. The donations were for Mike Mateo Sena Elementary and the Early Childhood Center.

  • ‘Esports’ club to launch at NMHU during semester

    A new esports initiative at New Mexico Highlands aims to get students involved in competitive video gaming via a club at the university that will launch during the fall semester of 2018.

    The Esports Club will focus on League of Legends and Overwatch, two of the most popular video games with tens of millions of players worldwide.

  • Man accused of trying to run over police officer

    A Las Vegas man is now awaiting a trial date to face charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, a third degree felony, after he allegedly attempted to hit a Las Vegas police officer with his vehicle.

    Officers with the Las Vegas Police Department arrested Jack Herrera, 37, of Las Vegas on July 26, 2018, charging him with aggravated assault upon a peace officer with a deadly weapon, and with resisting, evading an officer. The case has been progressing through the San Miguel Magistrate Court since late July, and was recently bound over for trial.