Local News

  • Charles Trujillo reaches informal plea agreement

    Charles E. Trujillo would serve no prison time under an agreement discussed in a tentative agreement reached during a recent San Miguel District Court hearing. 

    Trujillo, the former Mora Schools Superintendent, assistant superintendent for Pecos Schools and administrator of a state education licensure bureau, and his attorney, Sam Bregman of Albuquerque, and the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's office and Judge Emilio J. Chavez agreed in principle at a May 25 hearing to plea-bargain terms for a series of charges for faking school-administrator credentials.

  • Ute fire: U.S. 64 still closed between Cimarron, Eagle Nest

    CIMARRON — A wildfire raced across a swath of tinder-dry forest in Colfax County this week, sending up a thick plume of smoke that forced residents to flee their homes as heat and wind threatened to drive the flames.

    The blaze destroyed about a dozen empty buildings on the Boy Scouts' storied Philmont Ranch and threatened about 300 homes, officials say. The flames were first reported Thursday and ballooned quickly, leading the towns of Ute and Cimarron being evacuated and the closure of U.S. 64 and other Colfax County roadways.

  • Dry-cleaning dropoff available at hotel

    As part of an ongoing effort to revive the small, multi-purpose indoor mall that serves as the lobby of the El Fidel Hotel, a number of services are being added.

    One of the services that's been in place since the summer of 2017 has been "Wrinkles" a relocated dry-cleaning service that has found a new home and new clientele.

  • Luna’s display of road beauty now in its 14th year

    Clean lines, loud stereos and some of the most meticulous paint jobs in the southwest will be on display in Las Vegas on an upcoming day.

    Luna Community College will be having its 14th annual car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 on the LCC campus. There is no admission charge to the public.

    A $20 fee is required for each vehicle entered. Entries will be received until the day of the event.

  • Statewide race Q & A: Brian Colón, candidate for state auditor

    Brian Colón, candidate for state auditor, reached out to the Optic to take some questions recently. The Albuquerque resident is facing Bill McCamley of Las Cruces in Tuesday's New Mexico Democratic primary.

    Optic: An Albuquerque Journal poll of 444 likely Democratic voters, published last weekend, showed you have a commanding 26-point lead over Bill McCamley. What went through your mind when you first saw the result, and what sort of impact does that tend to have on a campaign?

  • Primary election letter deadline

    Letters addressing candidates for any New Mexico office in the June 5 primary election must be received by the Optic by Wednesday, May 30, 5 p.m.

    Letters received after this time will be published after the June 5 election.


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  • Class dismissed

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A graduating class of 98 at Robertson High School and 38 at Mora High participated in commencement ceremonies Friday.

    Jeffrey T. Houdek and State Rep. Tomás Salazar were the commencement speakers for Robertson High School.

    The RHS ceremonies were concluded with a rousing rendition of the Cardinal fight song, with the band directed by Martin Sena.

  • Hot dogs with Heinrich

    Jason W. Brooks/Optic photo
    In one of his first local campaign events of 2018, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich stopped by the Las Vegas Plaza on Saturday to visit with constituents at a lunchtime event that featured hot dogs and hamburgers.

    Several fellow local Democratic Party candidates introduced themselves before Heinrich spoke briefly, visited with guests and then took a couple of questions from the Optic.

    Check our Facebook page for videos from the event.

  • Two of four gubernatorial hopefuls provide tax returns

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — Two of the four candidates for governor in New Mexico have provided their tax returns in response to a request from a newspaper.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that two Democrats — businessman Jeff Apodaca and state Sen. Joseph Cervantes — agreed to the newspaper’s request to provide their tax returns.

  • Body of missing man returned to family

    The body of a man who went missing last fall has been returned to his family so that there can be a proper burial and services.

    The date of death for Johnny "Juno" Garcia, Jr., 42, is listed as March 6, 2018, the day his remains was found by a ranch hand on property not far from Sapello. The discovery happened exactly five months after Garcia had last been seen walkng along N.M. 518 in the Sapello area.