Local News

  • Unique NMHU program focuses on Central Asia

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

  • Grass guzzlers

    Maintaining her hens, sheep and cattle in the utmost, quality conditions has garnered Carla Gomez certificate labels of approval from A Greener World, a nonprofit organization that supports farmers and ranchers in sustainable farming systems.

    The laying hens won top honors and are now certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World. This means the eggs those hens lay will get that labeling on any Los Vallecitos egg packaging. The sheep also scored at the top, while her beef came in second.

  • Woman's body found; case treated as homicide

    The search for a missing Rio Rancho woman who grew up in Las Vegas has ended in a way some had feared.

    Dawn R. Sandoval, 46, was found deceased Saturday in a remote part of Sandoval County, near Rio Rancho, according to a Monday-afternoon release from the Rio Rancho Police Department.

    Sandoval had been reported missing April 16, with her dissappearance including what the release calls "suspicuious circumstances." Her phone, vehicle and keys were found at her home.

  • City: Special meeting, without quorum, could not be held

    A Las Vegas City Council organizational meeting for Friday night couldn’t begin because not enough Councilors were in attendance to create a quorum.

  • LVPD investigation leads to recovery of stolen construction equipment and large drug discovery

    The Optic regularly receives observations that not enough new construction is taking place in San Miguel or Mora counties. Encouragement to get investment in more area projects isn’t likely to come from a pair of large pieces of construction equipment disappearing.

  • San Miguel County Assessor election questionnaires, June 2018 primary

    Here are the two Democratic Party primary candidates for San Miguel County Assessor in the June 5 primary. Incumbent County Assessor Patricia Gallegos is not running for re-election. No candidates from other parties filed to run for the office. Read the Optic in the weeks ahead to see other primary candidate replies.



    Office Sought: San Miguel County Assessor

  • Corrections

    In one of the photos published in the “People & Faces” collage on Page B6 of the Sunday, April 29 print edition of the Optic, a child was misidentified. The child on the bicycle is Pearl Ortega, age 3 with Adaja Cunningham assisting.  The error occurred in page production.

  • Recycle, reuse, renew

    By Beth Urech, Special to the Optic
    The hour began with trash strewn all over the yard and empty blue bins plunked everywhere.

    Forty first-graders from the Early Childhood Center had a crash course in recycling at Highlands Recycling Center with the imitable Carmen Lopez, the center’s coordinator.

    Lopez gave the signal, and the kids dashed around picking up bottles, cans and cardboard and putting each item in the correct bin.

  • N.M. students ‘Stand for the Second’

    The Associated Press
    CARLSBAD  — New Mexico teenagers joined with students from across the U.S. in a school walkout to support gun ownership.

    Students from schools in Carlsbad, Albuquerque and Santa Fe participated in the movement Wednesday called “Stand for the Second,” which aims to raise awareness of Second Amendment rights.

  • Mora Schools locked down briefly

    Las Vegas Optic reports
    Students with Mora Independent Schools experienced a lockdown Thursday morning due to threats made on social media, said MISD Board Chairman Tranquilino Hurtado in a letter to parents posted on the district’s website.

    Hurtado said the Mora County Sheriff’s Office and state police officials concluded that the threat was not made on campus. The lockdown, which began about at 9:30 a.m., was lifted and classes resumed.
    The threats remain under investigation. A sheriff’s deputy was assigned to the campus.