Today's News

  • LV police investigating Chavez St. homicide

    Las Vegas Police are investigating a homicide that apparently occurred Saturday morning on the west side of Las Vegas.

    Police were called to the 1100 block of Chavez Street early Saturday morning and ended up investigating a homicide involving the death of one adult. 

    Many details, such as the identity or the victim or any circumstances, have not been released yet, as Las Vegas Police Cmdr. Steve Pacheco said the family has not yet been notified. He said the department is not naming a suspect but is "actively searching for people of interest."

  • Former state senator, with San Miguel ties, out of prison

    SANTA FE — A former New Mexico state senator whose conviction on corruption-related criminal charges helped spur state ethics oversight reforms was released from prison Tuesday.

    Former Democratic Sen. Phil Griego was released on parole after 15 months of incarceration in a state corrections facility for the elderly and infirm in Los Lunas.

    A spokesman for the governor’s office, Tripp Stelnicki, confirmed Griego’s release.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, June 16, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 5 and June 12, 2019:

  • Professor of the Year

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University has named biology professor Sarah Corey-Rivas Professor of the Year for the 2018–19 academic year.

    Each spring an independent selection committee composed of students, faculty and staff reviews the nominations for Professor of the Year and selects a winner.

    Corey-Rivas said she is touched that her students nominated her for Professor of the Year. “This award helps me know that the respect and admiration I feel for my students is mutual.”

  • Plea agreement reached in child abuse, sex assault case

    By Ryan Lowery, Special to the Optic

    A trial slated to begin this month for a case involving a Luna Community College employee will not be necessary after a plea agreement was recently reached.

    Christopher M. Chavez, 39, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to interference with communications and attempting to commit false imprisonment, both misdemeanors.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Jun 16, 2019

    The Associated Press

    Judge dismisses two counts against former state tax secretary

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico judge has dismissed two of three remaining criminal charges against former state Tax Secretary Demesia Padilla but prosecutors say those charges will be refiled in another court.

    District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer on Friday ruled that prosecutors didn’t provide evidence that alleged acts underlying an embezzlement charge and another count occurred in the judicial district that includes Santa Fe County.

  • Two NMHU students awarded Seabury Fellowships

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Two Highlands University media arts and technology students have each received $2,500 fellowships to develop independent projects, thanks to the Seabury Foundation and the Highlands Foundation.

    Becca Sharp, an Albuquerque native and third-generation Highlands student, received the 2018-19 Seabury Fellowship, and Jamie García, a native of Las Vegas, received the 2017-18 fellowship.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, June 16, 2019

    Monday, June 17
    Folk art embroidery works, by Egyptian artists, will be available for sale at Threadbear, 1813 Plaza in Las Vegas through Monday, June 17. Proceeds from the sale will benefit a women’s co-op in Akhmim, Egypt.

    Tuesday, June 18

  • If there is wind, don’t break it

    As we approach the official June 20 last lay of spring, we’ve felt the rage of he winds that periodically torment the southwest this time of year, sometimes, to the extent of broken trees and other solid items.

    The term “breaking wind” doesn’t typically apply to stopping the wind; rather it’s a creation of the most unpleasant kind of breeze. This offensive action does not, in fact, halt or impede the wind at all — though it does tend to break up any good mood in a room or small, crowded elevator.

  • Making a difference as a good father

    Being a father is much more than just contributing to the conception of a child. Being a good father is much more difficult and complex. It can be the toughest challenge a real man can have and it can also be the most fulfilling.

    A child is one thing on this planet that doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Each child is made special and unique. Yet even without a manual there are good ways and bad ways to parent a child.