Category: Politics

A summer of secrets: Police provide little information on multiple homicides, while skirting state law

A summer of secrets: Police provide little information on multiple homicides, while skirting state law

From the Las Vegas Optic 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…

Read More Read More

Reduced to Rubble: Decay and neglect destroy Las Vegas’ history

Reduced to Rubble: Decay and neglect destroy Las Vegas’ history

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas lost another piece of history recently when a brick building on Grand Avenue crumbled onto the sidewalk below. According to Virginia Marrujo, the interim community development director for the City of Las Vegas, the building near the intersection of Grand and Douglas Avenues once belonged to the Maloof…

Read More Read More

Sold for Sex: Sex trafficking plagues New Mexico women, but no one’s sure how many

Sold for Sex: Sex trafficking plagues New Mexico women, but no one’s sure how many

From the Santa Fe Reporter In 2015, Dallas Grassbaugh was 23, homeless and supporting a debilitating drug habit by selling her body for sex. Then she met Shane Roach. She’d already escaped two sex traffickers by then, and Roach, an aspiring hip-hop artist from Albuquerque, promised he could help and protect her. Roach bought her…

Read More Read More

Espinoza wins Mora sheriff seat; Sanchez cruises to take House District 40 seat

Espinoza wins Mora sheriff seat; Sanchez cruises to take House District 40 seat

From the Las Vegas Optic In the race for Mora County Sheriff, Democrat Amos J. Espinoza defeated Republican Manuel J. Martinez. Espinoza captured 1,302 votes, or 56 percent, to Martinez’s 1,005 votes, or about 44 percent. “I’d like to thank my opponent for running a nice, clean race. He worked really hard at it,” Espinoza…

Read More Read More

Homeless shelter a dominant topic at meeting

Homeless shelter a dominant topic at meeting

From the Las Vegas Optic Residents who live in the areas near Legion Park Elementary School and Memorial Middle School crowded into the Las Vegas City School’s boardroom Thursday night. The Board of Education took public comment on a proposal by the City of Las Vegas to utilize unused school buildings as a temporary homeless…

Read More Read More

City: More revenue needed before curbside recycling can begin

City: More revenue needed before curbside recycling can begin

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas residents who wish to recycle materials like plastic bottles or newspapers must continue to haul these items to a recycling center for the foreseeable future. While larger cities like Santa Fe and Albuquerque offer collection of recyclable material as part of regular solid waste pickup, it seems for…

Read More Read More

Mora fracking film screened in Santa Fe

Mora fracking film screened in Santa Fe

From the Las Vegas Optic Mora County’s attempts to ban fracking are detailed in a new documentary titled “Drilling Mora County,” which was screened Wednesday evening at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. The nearly hour-long film was written and directed by filmmaker David Luis Leal Cortez, a graduate of the College of Santa…

Read More Read More

WLV principals present plans to raise school grades

WLV principals present plans to raise school grades

From the Las Vegas Optic Three principals faced the West Las Vegas Schools Board of Education to present plans to improve letter grades at their schools. Other WLV principals in the district were in Albuquerque during Thursday’s regular board meeting, where they were receiving certifications and doing teacher evaluations. Those teachers are scheduled to present…

Read More Read More

Heinrich’s foe makes appearance in Vegas

Heinrich’s foe makes appearance in Vegas

From the las Vegas Optic U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich made a stop in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon to address a small group of people at the San Miguel County GOP Headquarters on Bridge Street. The event was touted as a discussion on combating opioid abuse and overdose fatalities; however, neither topic was discussed.…

Read More Read More