Local News

  • New clinic staff tells Council about anti-opioid plans

    Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council meeting brought out emotions in a number of ways. 

  • Balderas brings powerful message about opioids

    An April 7 event at Highlands University allowed an everyday citizen to tell his own personal horror story about drug addiction.

    New Mexico Attorney General and Wagon Mound native Hector Balderas and several state-level and local officials, government and nonprofit stakeholders and members of the community participated in a unique event held in Project OPEN, which stands for opioid prevention and education network, is holding events around the state geared to keep a dialogue going between law enforcement, DWI program personnel and sober members of the community.

  • Wind wreaks havoc on travel, buildings, vehicles

    Winds clocked as strong as 79 mph ripped apart materials and nature in San Miguel County on Tuesday, creating some of the greatest damage in New Mexico during a region-wide wind event.

    The Las Vegas Fire Department and utility services reported at least three power lines. One of the downed power lines was near the Highlands University Newman Chapel, which had a large portion of its roof ripped off by the wind.

  • Ulibarri retains seat; Romero wins father's seat on Council

    David Ulibarri hung on to his Ward 1 seat in Tuesday's runoff election, while David G. Romero will succeed his father in Ward 4, according to unofficial Las Vegas City Council results released at City Hall on Tuesday evening.

    Ulibarri beat challenger Oliver L'Esperance by only 28 votes, 245 to 217, in Tuesday's Ward 1 runoff. Romero edged Carla Benavidez by an even slimmer margin in Ward 4, winning unofficially by a 280 to 263 count.

  • Nuestra cultura

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The 24th annual New Mexico Highlands University Fiesta de la Hispanidad brings music and dance center stage back to Ilfeld Auditorium — on a different day of the week and time from when it’s been held in past years.

    The fiesta, a collection of local cultural music, has typically been held on Friday or Saturday nights in March or April. This year’s event is set for Sunday at 2 p.m.

  • Will WLV Middle School project make Friday’s deadline?

    Even though the renovations on West Las Vegas Middle School were set to be completed this week, that date may change.

    During his report to the West Las Vegas School Board at its regular monthly meeting on April 12, Jerry Maestas, facilities manager told the Board that the contractors would be asking for additional days to finish the work 

  • S.F. Forest imposes Stage 1 restrictions

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Due to dry conditions and anticipated low moisture levels in weather forecasts, the Santa Fe National Forest began implementing forest-wide Stage I fire restrictions effective  the morning of April 13.

    Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided for use.

    Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites.

  • Cash flows to Democrats in N.M. congressional races

    By Russell Contreras and Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A Latina Democrat in a closely watched race for an open congressional seat along the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico is seeing a fundraising surge, Federal Election Commission filings show.

  • Climate Change Summit returns

    The second annual Climate Change Awareness Summit at Highlands University on Saturday, April 28 aims to raise awareness about slowing climate change and spark activism for environmental issues.

    The day of free public events is a community collaboration that includes a Gallinas River cleanup, climate change awareness march, guest speakers, Highlands faculty and student research, hands-on learning for children, community resource tables, food, music and more.

  • One assistant DA no longer on Charles Trujillo case

    The latest development in the case of former school superintendent Charles Trujillo doesn’t directly involve him. In fact, it doesn’t even involve the Fourth District Attorney’s lead prosecutor in the case.