Local News

  • San Miguel County Assessor election questionnaires, June 2018 primary

    Here are the two Democratic Party primary candidates for San Miguel County Assessor in the June 5 primary. Incumbent County Assessor Patricia Gallegos is not running for re-election. No candidates from other parties filed to run for the office. Read the Optic in the weeks ahead to see other primary candidate replies.



    Office Sought: San Miguel County Assessor

  • Corrections

    In one of the photos published in the “People & Faces” collage on Page B6 of the Sunday, April 29 print edition of the Optic, a child was misidentified. The child on the bicycle is Pearl Ortega, age 3 with Adaja Cunningham assisting.  The error occurred in page production.

  • Recycle, reuse, renew

    By Beth Urech, Special to the Optic
    The hour began with trash strewn all over the yard and empty blue bins plunked everywhere.

    Forty first-graders from the Early Childhood Center had a crash course in recycling at Highlands Recycling Center with the imitable Carmen Lopez, the center’s coordinator.

    Lopez gave the signal, and the kids dashed around picking up bottles, cans and cardboard and putting each item in the correct bin.

  • N.M. students ‘Stand for the Second’

    The Associated Press
    CARLSBAD  — New Mexico teenagers joined with students from across the U.S. in a school walkout to support gun ownership.

    Students from schools in Carlsbad, Albuquerque and Santa Fe participated in the movement Wednesday called “Stand for the Second,” which aims to raise awareness of Second Amendment rights.

  • Mora Schools locked down briefly

    Las Vegas Optic reports
    Students with Mora Independent Schools experienced a lockdown Thursday morning due to threats made on social media, said MISD Board Chairman Tranquilino Hurtado in a letter to parents posted on the district’s website.

    Hurtado said the Mora County Sheriff’s Office and state police officials concluded that the threat was not made on campus. The lockdown, which began about at 9:30 a.m., was lifted and classes resumed.
    The threats remain under investigation. A sheriff’s deputy was assigned to the campus.

  • Registration under way for summer Spanish Immersion Institute

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Registration is under way for the New Mexico Highlands Summer Spanish Immersion Institute that prepares teachers to take the New Mexico bilingual certification La Prueba exam.

    The university’s School of Education is presenting the institute May 29 through June 5 on its main campus in Las Vegas.

  • WLVS deals with reduced funding

    The budget kept the West Las Vegas School Board busy during a special meeting held on Wednesday afternoon.

    The district received a state equalization guarantee of $13 million from the legislature, and the board discussed how the money would be used during the 2018-19 school year.

    “We actually decreased in the amount that we’re getting, from one year to the next by $75,000,” Business Manager Dinah Maynes said.

  • Spring exhibit for NMHU Media Arts set for Wednesday

    Highlands University media arts and technology students will showcase their work in the department’s Spring Exhibit on Wednesday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. with film screenings beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    The exhibit is open to the public and is in the university’s McCaffrey Historic Trolley Building, at 1183 San Francisco Ave.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 4, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 4, 2018.

  • 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.