Local News

  • Naturalization Ceremony Friday at Fort Union

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fort Union National Monument announced its first Naturalization Ceremony to be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the monument located near Watrous. This is an opportunity for some to become the first in their family to earn American Citizenship.

  • A WAR OF WORDS - Chamber director alleging retaliation by city

    The executive director of the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and of the local Economic Development Corporation is alleging that she has been retaliated against by City Manager Timothy Dodge and the city for refusing to engage in unethical and illegal conduct.

  • Skandera visits - West to get $200K to finish year

    Wednesday was a good day for West Las Vegas Schools and for several district employees.

    Just a few days prior, West Las Vegas Superintendent Gene Parson said he tried to make his point to the state Public Education Department on the district’s need for emergency supplemental funding for the rest of this fiscal year.

  • Fatal house fire under investigation

    Firefighters dispatched to a blaze on the 2700 block of Plata on Wednesday morning discovered a deceased 53-year-old man inside a bedroom.

    The cause of the fire and exactly how the man died remain under investigation, although authorities at this point don’t suspect foul play, according to Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño.

    The deceased male has been identified as Alfredo Garcia.

  • Highlands cuts rodeo, child care

    By Dave Kavanuagh and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University’s rodeo team had its celebration — of five members qualifying for nationals in six events — cut shorter than an 8-second bull ride this week.

    The team returned from this weekend’s Grand Canyon Regional only to learn that the Highlands rodeo program is being suspended indefinitely at the end of the current season.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 2, 2014

    Staff and wire reports

    WLV student claims rape

  • Jail Log - May 2, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 22 and April 28:
    Timothy Linke, 22, failure to report
    Nancy Jaramillo, 43, failure to report, failure to complete treatment, alcohol consumption
    Sean Montaño, 20, battery on household member failure to appear bench warrant SM Magistrate/Curry Mag.
    Michael Mountjoy, 39,  failure to pay fines and fees  failure to comply with orders of the courts bench warrant  SM Magistrate /LV Municipal

  • Groups aim to save current rail route

    The Associated Press

    A coalition of communities and private organizations in western Kansas and southern Colorado has pledged to provide $9 million to keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger line on its current route through those areas and northern New Mexico.

    The group announced Tuesday that Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which owns the tracks, has said it will contribute $2 million to the effort, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

  • Parents urged to vaccinate

    The Associated Press
    The New Mexico Department of Health is urging parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccines.
    In a press release noting that this is National Infant Immunization Week, Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward says parents planning to enroll their babies and young children in summer programs should ensure their children are vaccinated against diseases like whooping cough, measles and chicken pox.

  • Looking Back - May 2, 2014

    In 1964