Local News

  • New Luna Trustee: not a convicted felon

    A replacement for a recently resigned Luna Community College Board of Trustees was approved by the rest of the Board last week, after a brief interview process.

    After ironing out whether Mark Dominguez was eligible to apply for the District 2 Trustee position vacated when Mike Adams resigned from the normally elected position in April, the other six Trustees chose Dominguez over three other candidates to represent District 2 on the board at a July 25 meeting.

  • New Optic reporter brings in multiple types of writing experience

    It would be tough to count up the total number of reporters who've worked for the Optic since the newspaper began in 1879. 

    The latest person to join the list of those reporters brings with him a wealth of different types of writing experience. Ryan Lowery was hired as an Optic reporter in early July, handling pre-K-12 education and health care as his primary beats, along with many other general assignment duties and all of our La Gente page items, including Qué Pasa and obituaries.

  • Mayor calls organizational meeting for Tuesday

    A special Las Vegas City Council organizational meeting has been called for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. by Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron, where the mayor will present her appointments to the Council for police chief and city attorney.

    The police chief appointee is Jerry Delgado, while the city attorney appointee is Esther Garduño Montoya. The agenda packet for Tuesday's meeting includes contracts for each appointee. 

  • Heinrich’s foe makes appearance in Vegas

    U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich made a stop in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon to address a small group of people at the San Miguel County GOP Headquarters on Bridge Street.

    The event was touted as a discussion on combating opioid abuse and overdose fatalities; however, neither topic was discussed. Instead, Rich sat down with a handful of supporters to talk about his vision for New Mexico, and to allow those in attendance a chance to voice concerns and ask questions.

  • A Wagon Mound woman is president of American Gold Star Mothers

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    In 2004, in a tranquil setting on a ranch near Wagon Mound, family and friends of Capt. Todd Tyler Christmas laid him to rest.

    His parents, Brad and Becky Christmas, brothers and family found solace in bringing him home following the tragic accident that took his life while he was serving his country.

    Capt. Christmas served with dignity and Becky made it her mission to ensure his legacy as a leader and defender of freedom would live on.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, July 29, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 18 and July 25, 2018:
    James A. Archibeque, Aggravated DWI (Refused To Submit To Chemical Testing), first offense; Turning Movements and Required Signals, Reckless Driving, No Driver’s License, And No Proof Of Insurance.
    Darlene Sena, Three Bench Warrants Failure to appear /Failure to pay.
    Stevedaniel G. Montoya, Two Counts Driving Under The Influence Of Liquor, first offense.
    Michael A. Garcia, Hold For Other Agency.

  • Snow receives prodigious grant for research

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University biology professor received an American Heart Association grant for research aimed at shedding new light on the role the estrogen hormone plays in pulmonary hypertension.
    Jessica Snow’s two-year American Heart Association grant totals $155,000.

  • Las Vegas native to host signing for her book on grief

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A new author with Las Vegas ties is set to host a book signing on Sunday, Aug. 5 at Tome on the Range bookstore from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

    Clarissa Hastings’ book, “The Healing Basket,” recently made Amazon Best Seller list.
    Hastings’ book was released earlier this summer. A native of Las Vegas, a book signing was requested by many friends and family members.

  • Man charged with battery on police officer

    A Las Vegas man is facing a felony charge of battery on a peace officer after an altercation earlier this month.

    According to a statement of probable cause filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court, the incident took place on July 4 after officers stopped to talk to three men who were shouting obscenities at them as they drove by in their police vehicles.

  • Correction: July 27, 2018

    In the Sunday, July 22 Optic, a Page A1 story  about Highlands University’s upcoming matanza celebration included an incorrect phone number for the NMHU Foundation, to be called for information. The correct number for the Foundation is 505-454-3438. The error ocurred in page production. The Optic apologizes for this error.