Local News

  • Planning grant for inpatient opioid center in final stages

    After a planning grant was awarded to a local health provider last year, plans for a tri-county inpatient treatment center that would serve the counties of San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe have made headway.

    In October, the Health Resources and Services Administration approved the $200,000 grant for El Centro Family Health. The grant funds research through the end of September on the need for a center that would serve the northeast region of New Mexico.

  • State fire marshal: Man lit home on fire with girlfriend, kids inside

    A Las Vegas man was recently arrested on charges of arson and criminal damage to property after investigators determined he lit a mobile home on fire while his girlfriend and two children were inside. 

    Eric Madrid, 47, was arrested on a warrant May 31 for an incident that took place in the early morning hours of May 26 — the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.

  • Interview: Valerie Plame, candidate for Third Congressional District

    In what has quickly become a crowded race, at least half a dozen candidates are vying for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, which will be vacated by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan as he runs for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Tom Udall's retirement.

    Among the candidates is Valerie Plame, whose name was propelled to the national forefront in 2003 after her covert identity as C.I.A. operative was exposed by members of the George W. Bush administration.

  • Banner and Banter

    Special Olympics of Las Vegas members and volunteers participated in one of the organization’s  most anticipated annual events.

    After the group circled the Las Vegas Plaza on May 29, a group of Las Vegas Police, San Miguel County Sheriff’s deputies and West Las Vegas students and staff rode bicycles all the way to Santa Fe on Thursday as part of the Torch Run to honor Special Olympians.

    Making the rounds here are, from the left, Nasaria Garcia, Alexis McAdams, Natasha Ayres, Raelene Gonzales, Juan Gonzales and Susie Beltran.

  • State Rep. Salazar receives bilingual-ed award

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education has awarded State Representative Tomás Salazar, representing House District 70, the Matías L. Chacón Award for his legislative leadership in the area of bilingual education.

    Since joining the legislature in 2013, Representative Salazar has sponsored numerous pieces of legislation to improve and expand upon programs that support New Mexico’s distinctly diverse student population.

  • Winter Weather Road Warriors Day

    A cross section of supervisors represented the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s District 4 at the State Legislature on Feb. 14 for the recognition of “Winter Weather Road Warriors Day” in the New Mexico Senate.

    In front, from the left, are Josephine Martinez, La Cueva; Damian Chavez, Santa Rosa Patrol; Joseph Gonzales, Seal Crew; Joseph Martinez, Raton; David E. Trujillo, district engineer and Sen. Pete Campos, sponsor.

  • Hearings planned on N.M.’s hemp production rule

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will be hosting two public hearings on a newly developed hemp manufacturing rule.

    The first meeting will be June 27 in Albuquerque. There will be another meeting the following day at the agency’s office in Las Cruces.

    The proposed rule establishes regulations related to the licensing, fees, eligibility and inspection requirements for people involved in specific activities involving the testing of raw hemp for regulatory purposes.

  • Serafina man charged with sexual abuse of girlfriend's child

    A Serafina man has been arrested on charges of criminal sexual penetration against a child dating back to incidents first brought to law enforcement’s attention back in December 2017.

    On Dec. 20, 2017, a Las Vegas Police officer made contact at the emergency room in Alta Vista Regional Hospital with a father, who said his then-6-year-old daughter was being touched by his former girlfriend’s boyfriend, identified as David Palomino, 34, of Serafina.

  • Three women lose jobs, two reassigned at Luna

    Several women have recently have had their Luna Community College employment statuses change, were active in either work or volunteer committee service that cast a negative impression of the college's Board of Trustees.

  • Refreshing history

    By Ryan Lowery, Special to the Optic

    With the restoration of another historic building on Railroad Avenue nearing completion, it could soon feel a bit like 1898 again in Las Vegas, N.M.

    Work on the Rawlins Building — a National Register of Historic Places structure — is nearly done, and once completed, it will operate much like it did in the late 19th century, offering commercial space on the main level, and apartments for rent upstairs.