Local News

  • 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:

  • Man crashes into house, trailer; had at least six prior DWIs

    A man who was found by Las Vegas Police at the wheel of a truck that crashed into a house and hit a parked trailer was booked for his seventh or subsequent DWI. 

    Dominic Gurule, 65, was charged with DWI and other charges after police say the truck he was driving struck an unhitched trailer and pushed it into a house in 700 block of Colonias Street, with the truck also striking the house and cracking the walls.

  • County has replacement medical provider for jail

    After the medical provider for the San Miguel County Detention Center suddenly announced it was declaring bankruptcy and would immediately cease to provide care, a fast course of action had to take place.

    On Aug. 10, the medical provider that services the Detention Center informed personnel in San Miguel and other New Mexico counties it would discontinue service. San Miguel County Manager Vidal Martinez said one county took the case to court and a judge decided to order the provider to continue services through Sept. 27.

  • Congress, Amtrak still battling over requirements, deadlines

    Even though some progress has been made this year in keeping the Southwest Chief Amtrak route alive, there has been movement in the opposite direction as well. 

    Two federal lawmakers from New Mexico have recently taken a stand to keep alive rail activity along a key line of the history of the northeastern part of the state — one that's also emerged as a key part of the area's future as well.

  • Rewinding the Gallinas

    By Lee Einer, special to the Optic

    Air and water, sun and soil: Upon these elements all life depends. This was more than common knowledge way back when.

    It was intimate and daily experience for our ancestors. Technology and commerce have diminished this awareness.

    With water flowing from kitchen taps, and food appearing magically on supermarket shelves in styrofoam trays and freezer bags, many have lost that intimate relationship with our habitat.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, September 16, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 5 and Sept. 12, 2018: