Local News

  • Council meeting comes to halt over agenda dispute

    There has been discussion during recent  Las Vegas City Council meetings about Councilors Barbara Perea-Casey and Vince Howell getting items onto regular agendas. 

    Wednesday, three Councilors decided they'd had enough. 

  • Accreditation intact, Luna addresses other goals

    One week removed from the Higher Learning Commission's announcement that its accreditation would remain in place, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees used Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting to touch on several unrelated topics.

    Vice President of Finance and Administration Donna Flores said the first phase of a large Luna audit has been completed.

  • Local districts set to crunch PARCC stats

    Standardized testing scores show students across New Mexico scored higher in language and math over previous years, according to results released by the Public Education Department on Thursday.

    Statewide results from the test called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, or PARCC, show 31 percent of students scored proficient in language and 22 percent scored proficient in math. These are the biggest percentage gains in the four years the PARCC exams have been administered.

  • Fun in the shade

    Dozens of children showed up for a July 11 event at Carnegie Park.

    The event involved presentations and activities, such as face painting.

  • Cowboy art exhibition in Ray Drew Gallery

    New Mexico Highlands Universitypresents a National Day of the Cowboy Art Exhibition in the university’s Ray Drew Gallery, which began on July 8 and ends Aug. 22.

    The exhibit features New Mexico artists who have lived the cowboy way. The artists reception will be Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the gallery, in Donnelly Library at 802 National Ave.

  • Highlights of recent higher-ed honors and degrees

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Here are some of the college honors recently sent to the Optic:

    Analisa Chavez, a Mora High School student and native of the Buena Vista area, made the Dean’s Honor Roll at Oklahoma State University for spring 2018 with a 3.5 grade-point average or higher.
    Joseph Fine of Las Vegas graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in history in May from Bryant University. He was one of 788 spring graduates from the school, located in Smithfield, R.I.

  • Perfect attendance

    Deaven Baca recently received a bicycle as a reward for perfect attendance throughout his fourth-grade year  at Rio Gallinas Charter School.

    Experts cite attendance as an important component of learning, especially in math and reading.

  • Power restored to 2,000 customers in Las Vegas

    After a major summer storm hit the Mora and San Miguel county areas late Sunday afternoon, PNM's online outage map showed at least 2,250 Las Vegas residents were without electricity.

    Power was restored to most homes in the affected area by 9:45 p.m. The outage began at about 7:45 p.m. 

    The PNM outage map can be viewed here:  bit.ly/1s3Ddyp

  • County, acequias, Strickling done presenting case to OSE

    All the hearing arguments are done; now it's time for the waiting game.

    San Miguel County Attorney Dave Romero, along with other attorneys  and individuals in or affected by the Pecos River watershed, made a case over the past few months with the Office of the State Engineer in a protest of proposed additional water use. 

  • Precious resources

    By Gwen Albers, Las Vegas Optic

    A decision during Thursday’s West Las Vegas School Board meeting to explore buying a vacant property next to Tony Serna Jr. Elementary School prompted a discussion of the district’s property inventory.

    In other matters, the board discussed leasing its water rights to the City of Las Vegas due to current water laws that require owners to use their water rights or lose them.