Local News

  • Highlands Homecoming kicks off next week

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University’s homecoming festivities kick off Oct. 10 and continue through Oct. 21.

    The theme for homecoming this year is “Celebrating 125 Years – Highlands Strong” in commemoration of the university’s quasquicentennial.

    “Highlands has been a vital part of the Las Vegas community for 125 years and we also have roots now in our statewide centers,” said Juli Salman, Alumni Affairs director and H:125 committee chair.

  • No suspects in nine-month-old homicide case

    Jeromy Vasquez was found dead by Las Vegas Police of an apparent gunshot wound Jan. 21, mid-morning, with several witnesses — yet no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named publicly.

    Chris Lopez, Las Vegas interim chief of police through Sept. 28, said the case is “sealed,” though it isn’t clear by whom. The Optic has asked Fourth District Court Chief Executive Officer Robert Duran for a “sealing order” several times.

  • Police witness rollover; several charges filed

    A 26-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with two felonies and multiple other charges after an early-morning traffic crash, and, days later, a search of his jail cell.

    Antonio Goke-Martinez was arrested by Las Vegas police in the early morning hours of Sept. 23 after a rollover crash at 12th Street and National Avenue.

    According to an arrest affidavit, a Las Vegas Police officer witnessed a black truck block a lane of traffic just before a tan SUV crashed into it at about 12:45 a.m., causing the black truck to roll over onto its roof.

  • Murder defendant takes her own life on court date

    What was shaping up to be a high-visible murder trial later this month took an enuxpected turn Monday, when the woman who was set to attend a plea bargain hearing Monday afternoon apparently took her own life shortly beforehand.

  • Armijo Elementary student wins New Mexico True Reading Challenge

    Governor Susana Martinez recently congratulated Alexis Jojola on winning the New Mexico True Reading Challenge 2018.

    Jojola participated in the challenge over this past summer reading over 20 books and writing an essay on why she loves New Mexico.

    As one of the winners, Jojola received New Mexico State Fair tickets for her and her family.

  • Fish found dead in Pecos River

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating a fish die-off in the upper Pecos River from the village of Pecos to Cowles.

    The die-off is affecting brown and rainbow trout and is being attributed to stress induced by low water conditions and poor water quality throughout late summer and early fall.

    Most of the fish observed were adult brown trout and a few rainbow trout.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, September 30, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 19 and Sept. 26, 2018:

  • Goat helps control weeds at Highlands stadiums

    A miniature goat named Brownie munches weeds in the south end of the Highlands University Leveo and Patricia Sánchez Family Stadium Sept. 24. The university’s Facilities Services division enlisted Brownie’s help as part of a natural weed control experiment.

  • City: More revenue needed before curbside recycling can begin

    Las Vegas residents who wish to recycle materials like plastic bottles or newspapers must continue to haul these items to a recycling center for the foreseeable future.

    While larger cities like Santa Fe and Albuquerque offer collection of recyclable material as part of regular solid waste pickup, it seems for now, this type of program will not be adopted by the City of Las Vegas.

  • Many grandparents raising kids locked out of state aid

    By Ed Williams, Searchlight New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE — Joan Marentes knew her career in the Albuquerque Police Department was over the moment a state worker said she was ineligible for public assistance.  

    Assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit, Marentes was a decorated detective, named Officer of the Year in 2009 for her work keeping kids out of harm’s way. Often those same kids ended up placed in the care of grandparents or other relatives.