Local News

  • City Schools honors employees

    Eugene Garcia, Brock Aragon, Melissa Vigil and Karen Van Scoyk accepted their awards at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. Leroy Conway, Mike Boyle and Esther Sandoval were also honored but were not present.

  • Boo, Take Two

    A few weeks before Halloween 2017, the City of Las Vegas released a small amount of information about an event that was, hopefully, going to bring a few extra families out to the Las Vegas Plaza for trick-or-treating and other activities.

    Months after what turned out to be a highly successful, fun celebration, city staff started planning what is hoped to be an even bigger 2018 Halloween celebration, and on Oct. 31 — at Carnegie Park, on the other side of downtown, this time — for games, candy, a costume contest, a human parade and a pet parade.

  • San Miguel probate judge resigns; joins Fourth District team

    When a local judge retires, it sometimes sets many events in motion.

    That's what's happened this year with the retirement of Fourth District Judge Matthew J. Sandoval. His retirement, which took effect in early August, has led to much shuffling in the area's judicial and legal circles, including another series of events this week.

  • Decision 2018: Governor candidates

    MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM, Democratic Party Nominee

    1. You could be serving New Mexicans in any of a variety of capacities. Which factors led to your decision to run for governor in particular?
    Governors have the power to drive real change at the state level. I’ve served under three different governors from both parties, and know how the vision, leadership, and policies of these administrations have the power to shape our state’s future.

  • Decision 2018: N.M. Lieutenant Governor candidate

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Democrat Howie Morales and his representatives did not respond to the Optic questionnaire.


  • Decision 2018: N.M. House District 40 candidates

    TWEETI BLANCETT, Independent

  • Decision 2018: N.M. Attorney General candidates

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Incumbent Attorney General Hector Balderas and Libertarian Candidate A. Blair Dunn and their representatives did not respond to the Optic questionnaire.


  • Decision 2018: N.M. Land Commissioner candidates

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Libertarian Candidate Michael G. Lucero and Republican candidate Patrick Lyons and their representatives did not respond to the Optic questionnaire.


  • HU revitalizes its campus with public art

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands is revitalizing its main campus through public artwork, thanks to the state’s Art in Public Places Program.

    Ten artworks, ranging from soaring outdoor sculptures to stoneware pottery and a series of bird paintings, are being installed throughout the university.

  • Las Vegas Foundation taking shape

    Approximately 40 community leaders gathered at the Plaza Hotel ballroom in late spring to celebrate the formation of the Las Vegas, New Mexico Community Foundation.

    A reception was hosted by the Foundation as an announcement that the group had attained non-profit legal status and is intent on charitable support for community organizations. Board members Bob Mishler and Donna Rivas explained the purpose of the Foundation to help “Las Vegas thrive” by raising funds through donations, grant writing and other activities.