Local News

  • Police: Man struck woman with ‘rusty machete’

    A man was recently arrested by Las Vegas Police and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after police say he struck a woman with a “rusty machete” over a brokered drug deal that initially only involved $30.

  • City to hold Friday night organizational meeting

    The City of Las Vegas will hold its post-election organizational meeting Friday at 6 p.m.

    On the agenda are the appointment of a permanent city manager, a city clerk, a city attorney and a police chief. The agenda was published on the city's website, lasvegasnm.gov, this week.

  • Twelve hundred seats

    When construction began on the Luna Community College, Brian Urlacher was still a fixture of the Chicago Bears defense and much of the world had never heard of Barack Obama.

    The LCC spring graduating class of 2018 will be making history on Saturday, May 12 when it becomes the first to graduate at the new Media Arts Auditorium.

    Construction of the auditorium, which was the second phase of the building, began in January of this year. It includes 750 fixed seats and 450 removable seats.

  • National Day of Prayer

    Some Las Vegas residents will be joining Americans across the nation to pray during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3.

    Scheduled at Plaza Park from 11:30 a.m. when people will gather, to pray from noon to 1 p.m., the annual event — open to the public — will feature local clergy leading prayers for various entities and needs.

    Fabiola Sanchez, event coordinator, said prayers will be offered for America, New Mexico, Las Vegas, government and leaders, the military and first responders, the schools and families, and other needs.

  • Equipment in pond not stuck, city says

    By Jason W. BrooksLas, Vegas Optic Editor

    Several readers pointed out to the Optic within the past week that a large piece of earth-moving equipment appears near submerged in mud and water in the skating pod located along Highway 65 near Montezuma.

    No reason to fear potential damage to the equipment, says City of Las Vegas Public Information Officer Lee Einer.

    While it appears it would be tough to remove the equipment, known as an escalator, under present conditions, that’s not the plan, Einer said.

  • Adams resigns from Luna Board

    Luna Community College Trustees have publicly acknowledged that they and some of their policies and actions have contributed to problems that helped put the school’s accreditation in jeopardy.

  • Cattlewoman, wife of longtime doctor celebrates 90th birthday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Felicia Thal is described by her family as a "remarkable woman." Maybe that's why at an April 21 celebration of her 90th birthday, she was smiling and enjoying a beverage from a wine glass.

    Thal and her husband, Dr. Alan Thal, got deeply involved in the San Miguel County community more than a half-century ago. Both born in South Africa, they and came to the U.S. in 1950, with John Thal receiving surgical training at Cornell, John Hopkins and the University of Minnesota.

  • N.M. House of Representatives — District 40 Candidates

    With the retirement of District 40 N.M. Representative Nick Salazar, there are three Democrats and no one from any other parties vying to be a new face in the Roundhouse. Here are those Democrats' replies to an Optic questionnaire in advance of the June 5 primary, alphabetically by last name:


    Office sought: State Representative, District 40

    Age: 46

    Contact: PO Box 974, County Road A046 #9, Mora, N.M.

    Family: Widowed, in a relationship, mother to Joaquin, age 15.

  • Confrontation leads to brandished weapon at Little League park

    More than 100 spectators, players, coaches and other volunteers faced a threat of violence when a group of four young males allegedly brandished weapons at a Little League game Thursday night at Rodriguez Park.

  • Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity dissolved

    An opportunity to own and maintain an affordable house in Las Vegas has closed.

    For the last 25 years, Habitat for Humanity, a program that builds and re-habilitates homes for low-income residents, moved some 30 local families into houses with the added challenges and rewards of home ownership.