Local News

  • Police: Former Mora Schools coach raped, stabbed student

    A former Mora Schools coach was taken to the San Miguel County Detention Center this week after New Mexico State Police say he raped and later stabbed a female student.

    The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate Apoloino Leroy Blea, 21, of Mora, a former Mora and Pecos Schools coach, for criminal sexual penetration of a 14-year-old sophmore girl at Mora High School while he was an assistant coach and student manager for the MHS boys basketball team.

  • Ribera man drives up to NMSP station drunk with daughter, police say

    The New Mexico State Police say a Ribera man recently showed up to a State Police station in Albuquerque to report a child custody matter — and had been drunk while driving there with a child in his vehicle. 

    According to a news release from the Ralph Garcia, 37, of Ribera, showed up at a State Police station in Albuquerque at about 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. His 11-year-old daughter was with him.

  • Valley Elementary/Middle School, April 2018 Students of the Month

    Valley Elementary and Middle School Students of the Month for April 2018.

    They are Serenity Romero, kindergarten, and Abrianna Gallegos, first grade.

    Milagros Armijo, fourth grade; Lola Taylor, third grade and Julissa Acosta, second grade.

    Marco Salinas, fifth grade; Mailynn Griego, eighth grade; Faith Lyon, sixth grade; and Ezekiel Gallegos, seventh grade.

  • A handshake and a degree

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Be the kind of leaders that adhere to the highest standard for integrity, decorated Maj. Gen. Melvyn Montaño told graduates at the Highlands University main campus commencement May 12.

    A total of 983 students are on track to graduate from Highlands and its centers, with 489 students earning their diplomas at the main Las Vegas campus. Of the total graduates, 555 will earn bachelor’s degrees and 428 will earn master’s degrees.

  • Awards, presenters dominate meeting

    In the waning days before school breaks for summer, students in the West Las Vegas School District were spotlighted during the School Board’s regular monthly meeting, Monday night.

    The board also heard a presentation from Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn on land trust impacting San Miguel County and the state.

  • Decker named new ARMAS Director

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Susan Decker is the new director for the Achieving in Research, Math and Science Center at Highlands University.

    The ARMAS Center provides comprehensive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) support services to students.

  • Store in El Fidel mall offers wide variety

    There are plenty of items in Judy Boles’ Gypsy Spirit store that seem right at home in the American Southwest. There are other items that could find a home anywhere.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, May 13, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 2 and May 9, 2018.

    Phillip E. Sweeney, (2) Bench Warrants, Fta/Ftp.

    Ray Montano, Bench Warrant Fta/Ftp.

    Lanette M. Romero, Bench Warrant Fta/Ftp.

    Euligio Maestas, Bench Warrant Fta/Ftp.

    Irene T. Taylor, Driving Under The Influence Of Liquor (Impaired, first offense).

    Carlos Gallegos, Resisting Arrest.

  • Student appreciates dedicated instructors

    Luna Community College
    Sandra Maria Garcia was born in Las Vegas, graduated from West Las Vegas High School in 2016 and looks forward to one day earning her degree from Luna Community College.

    As many people seem to be gravitating to other cities and other colleges and universities, Garcia does not consider herself a rebel — rather she describes herself as a good kid and refuses to give up on Las Vegas and northern New Mexico.

  • District 40 forum highlights candidate and community similarities, differences

    "Heck, yes," said Barney Trujillo in response to one of the final questions of the May 7 candidate forum for New Mexico  House of Representatives  District 40 forum in Mora.

    The Chimayó resident found common ground with the only opponent of his who was there, Paula Garcia of Mora, but there were noted contrasts on important issues, such as committing to not creating new taxes.