Local News

  • 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.

  • Thank you for having me serve for nearly 50 years

    NOTE: The Hon. Judge Matthew S. Sandoval, one of the three elected Fourth District Court judges, is dealing with health issues and has decided to retire from the bench. He shared with the Optic his official letter of intent to retire.

    To: Hon. Chief Justice Judith Nakamura, State Supreme Court.
    Hon. Justice Nakamura.

    As I had fully intended to return to the bench, it is with a heavy heart that I submit this letter.

  • Ready for Fiestas

    The Las Vegas Plaza Park gazebo was empty and quiet when a worker was finishing up with some decorations Thursday morning, but the gazebo and the rest of the Plaza and Bridge Street will be active for the next six days.

    Fiestas de Las Vegas, happening for the 130th time, runs through July 4.

  • A new office

    San Miguel County Sheriff Gary Gold hosted a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking his departments’ offices moving into a building located along North Railroad Avenue in Las Vegas, near Mills Avenue.

    Attending the ceremony were state Sen. Pete Campos and state Rep. Tomás Salazar.

    The SMCSO was previously based in offices at the county’s detention center.

  • Where to be?

    What is a good neighbor?

    George Lyon, executive director of Samaritan House, said he’s trying to be the best possible neighbor he can be — the nonprofit situated between local businesses.

    If one were to stand in front of the facility — at one time a dairy plant — located at 1000 Mills Ave., and face the busy avenue, BTU would be on the left. To the right is a mini mall containing three businesses: Dollar General, Fast Bucks loan provider, and Heritage Home Healthcare office.

  • Report: N.M. now last in child well-being

    By Mary Hudetz, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — As the number of children living in poverty and without health insurance increased in New Mexico, the state fell to last place nationwide in child well-being, a new report released Wednesday showed.

    The state’s standing in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report marked a five-year low for New Mexico, which has struggled for years in the rankings and historically has had one of the nation’s highest poverty rates.