Local News

  • MainStreet leader has vast arts background

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    MainStreet de Las Vegas has announced the name of its new executive director. According to a news release, Michael Peranteau replaces Cindy Collins, who has led the organization for 13 years. 

    MSLV President Stella Burciaga said the MainStreet Committee interviewed seven qualified applicants, choosing Peranteau. He was set to begin work Sept. 4.

    “We knew that Michael was ‘the guy’,” Burciaga said.

  • Parading around

    Friday the Robertson High School Homecoming parade feature music, past graduating reunion classes floats designed by RHS’s freshman class, along with dance teams. The parade preceded the Cardinal football team’s 33-24 Homecoming game win over Socorro.

  • Gov. race: tax returns become campaign issue

    Even without a requirement, it has become customary in some states for the candidates for governor to release their tax returns, or at least partial returns, as it has been in U.S. presidential contests.

    President Trump’s refusal to release his broke four decades of precedent and has led to questions about his wealth, debts and, amid the ongoing investigation into Russian election interference, whether he has Russian financial ties.

  • Las Vegas artist donates sculpture to Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    An 11-foot-tall steel tree sculpture depicting the total solar eclipse of 2018 is planted firmly in the earth in front of New Mexico Highlands’ Burris Hall, thanks to a donation from a fine arts student.
    The university’s Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve Mary’s Miller’s Celestial Tree sculpture installation in front of the fine arts building.

  • Las Vegas man arrested on sex abuse charges

    A Las Vegas man has been charged with felony criminal penetration and child abuse following a disturbance at a home in Las Vegas early Thursday morning.

    Christopher M. Chavez, 38, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Thursday on six charges: criminal sexual penetration, abuse of a child for placing a child in a dangerous situation, false imprisonment, all of which are felonies, two counts of interference with communication, a misdemeanor, and aggravated battery against a household member, also a misdemeanor.

  • West’s Homecoming in the week ahead

    West Las Vegas Schools didn’t provide a great deal of information about this week’s upcoming Homecoming events, but a basic schedule was provided.

    This year’s theme is “Now Starring…Your WLV DONS!”

    Monday’s theme is Dynamic Duo Day. Tuesday is Decades Day, featuring the Senior\Junior Powder Puff game and mushball game at the Herrera Complex.

    Wednesday is Favorite Movie Character Day. Thursday is Class Color Day, featuring a 9:30 a.m. pep rally with skits.

  • 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.