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Today's News

  • LVPD investigates fifth ‘suspicious’ death this year

    Las Vegas Police are investigating the death of a 33-year-old man after his body was found in the Gallinas River Saturday evening. Chief of Police David Bibb confirmed the death of Joseph Untalan in an email to the Optic Monday.

    According to a press release, LVPD detectives responded to an area near the Gallinas Riverwalk Saturday evening around 7:20 after someone reported finding a body in the river.

  • No evidence found in Sunday night shooting near HU campus

    By Kelsey Kendall

    New Mexico Highlands University campus police received reports of shots fired near the campus Sunday evening, though upon further investigation, campus police working with Las Vegas City Police and New Mexico State police were unable to locate any evidence suggesting a shooting occurred on campus.

  • Las Vegas budget approved by DFA

    The City of Las Vegas’ Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget was officially approved by the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration late last month. 

  • Jail Log 9/18/2019

     The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 5 and Sept. 11, 2019: 

    Miriam A. Rascon, Aggravated Battery (Household Member) (Third Offense).

    Ashley Palomarez, Hold For Other Agency.

    John S. Bricker, Hold For Other Agency.

  • Local artist opens exhibit at Highlands gallery

    By Kelsey Kendall

  • Jake Covington earns Highlands’ ‘Forever Cowboy’ award

    By Margaret McKinney
    N.M. Highlands University

    Jake Covington, who is proud to be a third generation Highlands University cowboy and was the captain of the 2019 Highlands Vatos rugby club national champions, is the Forever Cowboy Student Award winner.  

  • A summer of secrets

    Following a particularly violent summer, the Las Vegas Police Department is investigating four homicides and one non-fatal shooting. To date, charges have been filed in just one case.

    Police have provided the public with very little information on these incidents, and have denied three open records requests made by the Optic under New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act, or IPRA.

  • WLVS Board approves new academic policies

    By Kelsey Kendall

    After much discussion over several months, the West Las Vegas School Board approved policy changes relating to the selection of future valedictorians and salutatorians last Thursday.

  • Old Town Mission Community Center provides space for youth

    By Kelsey Kendall

    The Old Town Mission Community Center has been a work in progress for years. The most recent project has been to repair the steeple, which had been struck by lightning last September. There was a lot a damage. Electronics were fried, and there are still scorch marks on the walls in some places. It was taken as an opportunity to do some much-needed repairs to the steeple, including making it solid enough to hold a bell it hasn’t been able to in years.

  • Julio Garcia named NMHU distinguished young alumnus

    By Margaret McKinney 
    N.M. Highlands University

    Julio P. García is an attorney for Robles, Rael & Anaya, P.C., a law firm in Albuquerque. García stands out as a Highlands success story despite facing much adversity from a young age. He is the Distinguished Young Alumnus for 2019.