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Local News

  • City Schools wraps up changes

    Las Vegas City Schools has gone through several changes this school year, and those changes are mostly completed, according to Superintendent Kelt Cooper.

  • Man charged with pointing gun at teens

    A Las Vegas man was recently arrested after police say three teen girls told them he pointed a handgun at them while intoxicated.

  • Sardinas Canyon fire update, June 30: Almost 2,000 acres burned near Taos

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Here are the latest statistics as of Saturday afternoon, June 30, on the Sardinas Canyon Fire, burning in the Carson National Forest, between Holman and Rancho de Taos.

    Mora, Chacon, Holman, Angel Fire, Black Lake, Taos, Peñasco, Ranchos De Taos, Talpa, Pot Creek, Tres Ritos, Valle Escondido, and Taos Canyon communities may be impacted by smoke because of prevailing winds.

  • A new bird in town

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Hundreds of local residents and travelers lined up to buy gas, food and other items Thursday in Las Vegas at a new address.

    The  Love’s Travel Stop, located on North Grand Avenue, near I-25, opened Thursday, and is now serving customers.

    A news release from Love’s Travel Stops says the location brings 40 new jobs to San Miguel County.

  • Luna to learn fate later this month

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Higher Learning Commission’s Board of Trustees was set to meet this weekend in Chicago, but its decision of utmost interest in northern New Mexico won’t immediately be made public.

    The HLC liaison told Luna Community College leaders that its decision about LCC’s national accreditation will be announced the week of July 9.

    The college will send out a press release once information becomes available.

  • State Police break up protest at Capitol

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Police handcuffed a dozen protesters and ushered them out of the New Mexico Statehouse in the culmination of a peaceful, hours-long demonstration against the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy and the governor’s supportive stance.

  • Share your fire department memories

    NOTE: This is the third in a series about the E. Romero Hose and Fire Building restoration and museum project. The first stories appeared in the June 17 and June 24 Optics.

    Sunday is the final day of the E. Romero Firehouse and Acequia Museum pop-up at the E. Romero Hose & Fire Building on Bridge Street, as part of Fiestas de Las Vegas.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, July 1, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 20 and June 27, 2018:

  • NMHU graduate helping one of state's most visible firms expand

    A Highlands University media arts and technology graduate is playing a key role in building new exhibits for Meow Wolf, a successful Santa Fe immersive and interactive art attraction that is expanding to two new cities.

    Dré Gallegos is the lead technical fabricator for Meow Wolf’s team of eight employees dedicated to installing the technical artwork components for the new Denver and Las Vegas, Nev., locations, all planned to open by 2020.

  • Mora High students learn about leadership at state level

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Girls and Boys State is a unique educational program for high school juniors. The program honors those who have brought us our freedom through helping young adults develop as future leaders.

    The students become knowledgeable on the operation of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the city, county and state levels.

    Boys State is sponsored by The American Legion Department of New Mexico and Girls State is sponsored by The state’s American Legion Auxiliary.