Local News

  • Church among facilities hit by high winds

    It was no playtime for 7-year-old son of Joseph Martinez on April 17.
    The boy and Martinez were walking their 3.29-acre hilltop property before the damage occurred, and they felt its power then.

    ”He was saying, ‘Dad, Dad,’” Martinez said. “The sand or the dirt was coming so hard, it was like getting hit by BBs. That’s how bad it was.

    ”It was even more frightening for the youngster as fierce winds battered against their mobile home nonstop,"

  • Fire at West Las Vegas H.S. under investigation

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A fire that was started in a boys bathroom at West Las Vegas High School Tuesday morning, is  being investigated by Las Vegas Fire Department, Superintendent Chris Gutierrez said.

  • Highlands passes budget of more than $77 million

    In an April 5 meeting, the Highlands University Board of Regents approved a Fiscal Year 2019 budget that the NMHU president said will allow the university to move forward on a number of initiatives.

  • Suspicious bag discovered near train station

    A suspicious package was discovered Monday morning near the historic building that houses the Las Vegas Amtrak station and city offices, in the area of Lincoln or Railroad avenues.

    According to Lt. Elizabeth Armijo of the New Mexico State Police, an employee at the BNSF Railyard Depot saw a backpack chained to a gas line of a building. The bag and nature appeared suspicious, so Las Vegas Police were called.

  • Fiesta de vida

    Theresa Wesner photo
    Dancers from Mrs. Sarah’s Ballet and Jazz were among the many performers in Sunday’s 24th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad at Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Look for more photos from this highly attended event in an upcoming edition of the Optic.

  • Missing woman

    Dawn R. Sandoval lives in the Rio Rancho area but has strong ties to Las Vegas.

    As of press time Tuesday, she has been missing for more than one week.

    Her phone, vehicle and keys were found at her home.

    Anyone who has information about Sandoval’s whereabouts should call the Rio Rancho Police at 505-891-7226 or the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Missing Person Hotline at 1-800-457-3463.

  • San Miguel County Commissioner questionnaires, District 3
  • San Miguel County Commissioner, District 1 — candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: Here are questionnaire responses from the Democratic Party candidates for San Miguel County Commissioner, District 1, in the June 5 primary. 

    No candidates from other parties filed to run in the June 5 primary. Read the Optic in the weeks ahead to see other primary candidate replies.


    Office sought: District 1 County Commissioner.

    Age: 55.

  • Who really lives there?
  • Mora County Commissioner, District 2 — candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: Here are all three Democratic Party candidates for Mora County Commissioner, District 2. No candidates from other parties filed to run in the June 5 Democratic primary. Read the Optic in the weeks ahead to see other primary candidate replies.


    Office sought:  Mora County Commission Seat, District 2.

    Age: 60. 

    Contact:  P.O. Box 95, Holman, N.M., 87723, 575-387-2635.