Local News

  • 2 locals graduating from med school

    Las Vegas Optic

    Two West Las Vegas alumni  are graduating Saturday from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

    Jesus Tafoya, 29, and Francheska Sevyllyn Gurulé, 23, have completed medical school and been accepted into residency programs in Texas and California, respectively.

    Tafoya, the son of Albert and Helen Tafoya, is a 2003 graduate of West Las Vegas. He got his undergraduate degree from Highlands University in 2009.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 9, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State workers
    may get raise

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says most state workers will receive hourly pay raises from 13 cents to 50 cents to resolve a union contract dispute.
    Risk Management Director A. J. Forte told the Legislative Finance Committee on Wednesday that salaries would be adjusted in June to reflect what employees should have been paid nearly six years ago.

  • Jail Log - May 9, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 28 and May 5:
    Jerry Martinez, 37,  failure to appear, probation violation: failure to report bench warrant SM Magistrate/Adult Probation Office 
    Barbra Bailey, 32, probation violation: seven-day sanction
    Ernestine Gonzales, 32, seven-day commitment
    Leonard Lucero, 40, aggravated burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, theft of a credit card, bench warrant SM Magistrate /Guadalupe/Curry

  • High Achiever
  • NM oil boom causing issues

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — The oil field trucks and big rigs rumble through morning and night, creating a first-ever rush hour in this otherwise sleepy 1960s-era tourist and mining town. Hotel rooms along the clogged two-lane highway are mostly booked, some of them fetching nightly rates that rival those in Manhattan.

  • BREAKING: Officer-involved shooting near Las Vegas

    Las Vegas Optic

    An investigation is under way into an officer involved shooting that occurred north west of Las Vegas Thursday evening.

    Details on the incident are sketchy.

    "There was an officer involved shooting," State Police Sgt. Damyan Brown said at about 6:30 p.m. "I don't have any other details."

    The shooting occurred in the Country Acres subdivision off of Eighth Street extension. A source familiar with the incident confirmed to the Optic that the individual apparently shot by the officer had died.

  • East licenses may be at risk

    The state Public Education Department has now said the use of bond money to cover operating expenses is not only illegal, but also unconstitutional, and its Licensure Bureau is looking into the matter.

    During the 2012 fiscal year, the Las Vegas City Schools district used roughly $1.56 million in bond money to cover operational expenses,  according to an independent audit by Albuquerque-based Griego Professional Services, LCC. The audit was released by the Office of the State Auditor in early April.

  • Meet the artist - Local artist has quite a following

    By Meredith Britt
    For the Optic

    From commercial art and a degree in agriculture to gaining distinction in Indian Market, the Smithsonian Institution, museums, books and magazines, Jerry Ingram’s career as a Native American artist has steadily grown.

    His wife, Sally Ingram, creates the traditional diagonal weave beadwork of the Wisconsin Winnebago HoChunk nation so artfully that even the HoChunk people order from her.

  • Study: Global warming hurting U.S.

    By Seth Borenstein
    AP Science Writer

    WASHINGTON — Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. And those shining seas? Rising and costly, the report says.

  • Fort Union hosting naturalization event

    Thirteen individuals who have met the requirements for becoming U.S. citizens will take their Oaths of Allegiance this Friday at Fort Union National Monument in Watrous.

    It’s the first time that Fort Union hosts a naturalization ceremony. The event begins at 1 p.m.

    The public is invited to attend.