Local News

  • Back to classes for Luna students

    Luna Community College students Kylar Duggins, Jarrett Graham, Dylan Begay, Kyle Smith and John Wellington register for classes at Luna Community College on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Duggins, a freshman from Aztec is majoring in computer science; Graham, a sophomore from Farmington is majoring in general studies; Begay, a freshman from Shiprock is majoring in nursing; Smith, a sophomore from Albuquerque, is majoring in computer science and Wellington, a freshman from Deming, is majoring in accounting. Classes began this past Monday.

  • The governor’s race is Lujan-Grisham’s to lose

    Very soon the fall election campaign season gets going in earnest. Yes, I know, it seems the campaigning never really stops anyway, but the election on Nov. 6 is a mighty big enchilada, both for the nation and our state.

    On the national scene, we’ll find out if the Republicans will continue to hold the majority in Congress, while here in New Mexico we’ll get a new governor — out of Washington D.C.

  • Traveling in the "stans"

    It would be tough to see all of Kazakhstan. After all, at more than one million square miles, the  Middle Eastern nation is the ninth largest country on Earth, and the largest landlocked state. 

    Edgar Vargas Blanco only got to see a tinly sliver of life and culture in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan during his recent trip, but he certainly sounds fascinated by his exposure to that unique crossroads of the world.

  • Sheriff: Cleveland woman ran witness off of road

    A Cleveland woman was recently jailed on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and bribery of a witness after the Mora County Sheriff's Office says she ran a witness's vehicle off the road.

    Jennifer Archuleta, 52, was booked into jail July 25 on an arrest warrant. The witness, George Fernandez, is a witness in a case in which Archuleta's husband pointed a rifle at Fernandez and said he was going to kill him.

  • Watrous Day

    Lawrence Garcia passes wrapped beef to Nick Lucero, president of Watrous Day, out of the cooking pit during Saturday’s festivities. More annual events planned as summer winds down, including this Saturday’s Peoples Faire and Wagon Mound Bean Day and the Cleveland Millfest on Labor Day weekend.

  • School already?

    Students from Los Niños and Sierra Vista elementary schools enjoyed their first day of the new school year Monday.

  • City Schools: Memorial MS gets ‘F’ grade

    Just in time for students to return to class, Las Vegas-area school districts and the rest of the state received report cards from the New Mexico Public Education Department.

    Using the PED’s A-F letter grade system — determined by measuring categories such as graduation rates, attendance and performance on standardized tests like PARCC — Las Vegas City Schools saw a gain at Sierra Vista Elementary, rising from a D to a B, but the middle school fell from a D to an F.

  • Las Vegas native earns administrator of the year award

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Jim Abreu, a former School of Education dean at New Mexico Highlands, received the Administrator of the Year award from the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders.

    Abreu’s career as an educator spans 43 years, with 26 of those years spent on the Highlands faculty. For the last eight years, he has served as the executive director for the Northeast Regional Education Cooperative.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Aug. 19, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, 20182018:

  • South Grand construction

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    South Grand Avenue in Las Vegas, from to Tilden Avenue to Interstate 25, will have only one lane open within the southbound lanes, until further notice. Motorists are advised to limit speed to 35 mph in this zone, until further notice.

    The lanes are 11 feet wide. Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.