Local News

  • Chief of staff has well-known last name

    By Morgan Lee

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s incoming Democratic governor appointed the private-sector investment manager and son of former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman as her chief of staff on Monday.

  • City battles effects of winter storms

    Thursday morning, streets were still waiting to cleared of snow and ice, and trash still sat at curbside in the City of Las Vegas.

    A storm that hit Thursday night (Dec. 27) and lasted into Saturday morning dropped almost one foot of snow in some parts of the San Miguel and Mora county area. A second storm, which hit New Years Eve and into New Years Day, dropped 15 inches on Las Vegas, according to the National Weather Service. 

  • Closures and delays, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019

    With most area public K-12 school districts on holiday break, Monday's winter weather won't affect as many facilities. However, there are some adjustments Wednesday as various agencies and organizations start the new year.

    Mora Magistrate Court is closed Wednesday.

    Most City of Las Vegas employees will be on a two-hour delay.

  • HU to offer teacher licensure ‘Fast Track’ program

    New Mexico Highlands University will begin offering a new online teacher licensure fast track program aimed at getting professionals with bachelor’s degrees or higher into education careers faster.

    Applications for the Highlands School of Education Alternative Teacher Certification Program will be available on the Highlands University website at www.nmhu.edu in early January 2019. The program is expected to begin in March 2019.

  • NMHU has new career services director

    Tranquilino “Kino” Hurtado is on a personal mission to be a catalyst for helping launch Highlands University students into rewarding and successful professional careers.

    Hurtado, a Mora native, is the new interim career services director Highlands.

  • "Voice" winner to perform at Gov. Lujan Grisham inauguration

    SANTA FE (AP) — Chevel Shepherd, the winner of NBC's "The Voice," is scheduled to perform next week at the inauguration of New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham.

    Lujan Grisham's office says Shepherd will perform "God Bless America" at the inaugural ceremony along with other songs at the two inaugural balls on Jan. 1.

    The Democratic politician says Shepherd, a 16-year-old from Farmington, has made New Mexicans proud with her remarkable talent.

  • Man, out on bond for DWI, leads police on chase

    Hours after appearing in court to have an ankle monitor removed, a Las Vegas man was arrested for felony aggravated fleeing of law enforcement following a high-speed chase.

    According to Las Vegas Police, around 8 a.m. Dec. 12, an officer’s radar recorded 24-year-old Jeffrey C. Fernandez driving 98 mph on I-25 near exit 345 in Las Vegas. When the officer initiated a traffic stop, Fernandez pulled into a gas station on the corner of North Grand and University Ave. Fernandez then “sped off,” traveling north on Grand, according to a police report.

  • Somos Familia

    A nonprofit organization that serves a variety of functions is wrapping up its second year at its newest location.

    For a team like Somos Familia — a multi-function organization that's been around since about 1996 — relocating is nothing new. Neither is expanding or changing any of its programs. 

  • Woman's home robbed while she sought treatment — twice

    Drea Arellano moved back to New Mexico about three and half years ago to be involved in the film industry.

    Now, she's simply trying to keep her home and health together and take care of her family. 

    Arellano and her son, Xavier, recently moved into a mobile home in a park along Mills Avenue,  and things have not gone well. During multiple trips to Santa Fe for breast cancer treatment, thieves cleaned out her mobile home — taking everything from family artwork to personal items.

  • Apparent scam used Optic classifieds

    A recently placed ad for an apparent adult caregiver job scam involved individuals with a mailing address in San Miguel County, a phone number where calls are returned and a valid debit card to pay for an Optic classified ad.