Local News

  • City Schools settled with associate super

    A former Las Vegas City Schools associate superintendent entered in a settlement with the district last year in which he was paid out.

    According to the terms of a settlement acquired by the Optic, Michael Lovato agreed to resign on Aug. 30, 2018, and was to be removed from all benefits and pay associated with his employment on the same day. He was to be paid his final paycheck for the month of August on Sept. 13, 2018.

  • Alta Vista providing opioid detox

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has recently started providing medical detoxification services, a service that has been frequently demanded by the community to help combat drug and alcohol addiction.

    Caleb O’Rear, the chief executive officer at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, said that within the past year, the hospital solicited feedback from the community, trying to find what services were needed in the community.

    Medical detox was often brought up. San Miguel County is ranked second in the state when it comes to overdose deaths per capita.

  • 'Voice' winner, Chevel Shepherd, to perform at NMHU

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Rising country music artist Chevel Shepherd — winner of the 2018 “The Voice” competition and the source of surge in New Mexico state pride — will perform April 27 at 7 p.m. in Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • A.G. Balderas: Not running for Udall’s Senate seat

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that he will not run for the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2020, leaving a blank primary slate as other prominent Democrats weigh their chances.

    Balderas, a rising voice in state politics since joining the Legislature in 2004, cited enthusiasm for his current job and personal reasons for not running for the Senate.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 29

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 29

  • Woman arrested for animal conditions at Ilfeld home

    ILFELD — Jessica Taylor says she suspects others are part of the demise of her animals and property. Officials say she is the problem.

    Taylor was arrested and charged Feb. 11 in San Miguel Magistrate Court with eight counts of extreme cruelty to animals and 27 counts of cruelty to animals. She was due in court Monday for a preliminary hearing, but that's been postponed, with no reset date set known as of this writing.

  • Carport fire leads to two transported from scene

    The Las Vegas Fire Department received a call Friday evening about a fire in and around a carport at a home on Church Street in the northwest part of the city.

  • How West has stepped up its security

    As school safety has become a focus as of late, schools have had to step up their security measures, and West Las Vegas School District is no different.

    Superintendent Chris Gutierrez said attributes the increased emphasis on school safety on unfortunate events that have occurred in the United States. February last year, the Parkland massacre seized the nation, pushing schools across the country to prepare for the worst scenario. This school year, West has had to conduct three active shooter drills for each school.

  • City Councilors ask district judge for help with City Clerk dispute

    Two Las Vegas City Councilors met at the Fourth District Courthouse on Wednesday, but neither of them actually entered a courtroom.

    Barbara Perea-Casey and David G. Romero filed a joint petition Wednesday with the court for declaratory relief in an attempt to resolve a dispute over the status of City Clerk Cassandra Fresquez.

  • State ornament design contest ends by April 15

    The New Mexico Governor's Mansion Foundation and the New Mexico Film Office are proud to announce a design contest for New Mexico's popular official ornament.

    The 2020 state ornament theme is "New Mexico Films the Great American West."

    The Foundation and NMFO are partnering to promote the state's history of film production and ranch culture. The top five designs will receive educational grants.