Today's News

  • Work of Art: It’s right downtown

    Do you ever run into people whom you like instantly? It happens often in our case.

    We met Tony and Elizabeth Riome last Tuesday morning. They are from Scotland, both former air traffic controllers in Norway. It was our daughter-in-law, Connie Trujillo, who took the first step at New Mexico Hospitality 101. As she left the El Fidel Monday, Connie noticed an elderly couple toting suitcases. They were asking the waiter if, where and whether they could hire a taxi.

    A taxi in Las Vegas? Connie instead offered the couple a ride to their hotel.

  • The rundown

    Brandon Lucero’s interception in the closing minutes allowed Robertson to breathe a sign of relief, sealing the Cardinals’ 21-18 squeaker at Santa Rosa Friday night.

    RHS (3-0 and ranked No. 1 in 4A football) rolled up a season-high 339 rushing yards, including a whopping 263 and two scores by Joseph Paul Griego.

    But the host Lions (0-3) had their own ground attack working and led on three separate occasions.

    Santa Rosa’s Erik Lopez burned the Cards for an 81-yard TD catch on the first play from scrimmage.

  • Kurui 2nd in Lubbock meet

    NMHU and Las Vegas Optic reports

    New Mexico Highlands University cross country squads competed in a rare mid-week competition Thursday at the Texas Tech Open. Running against a strong field of DI, DII, NAIA and JUCO schools, the Highlands men placed fourth out 14 scoring teams and were the top DII finisher. The Cowgirls placed seventh in their race against 12 schools.

    Collins Kurui had the day’s top performance with a runner-up finish in the men’s race. Kurui was just two seconds behind Bernard Keter of DI Texas Tech

  • AG wants answers on OB status

    Six months ago, pregnant women were greeted with a closed sign at the obstetrics unit at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Since then, many, including New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, have questioned if and when the unit would reopen.

    The sudden closure left dozens of pregnant women without a local hospital to deliver their newborns. To date, there’s been no indication that the hospital will be reopening its OB unit anytime soon.

  • Gun threat prompts lockdown

    Fears that a former city of Las Vegas employee had a gun and was a threat to city officials prompted authorities to lock down City Hall for about an hour Thursday morning.

    The lockdown was lifted after police took the suspect into custody, according to a news release issued by the city.

    Details on the incident are sketchy. Las Vegas police chief Juan Montaño referred all questions on the incident to Lee Einer, the city’s new public information officer.

  • Women Power - La Placita female firefighters outnumber men

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    The women in the La Placita Volunteer Fire Department outnumber the men and blow away the national statistics when it comes the number of female firefighters.

    Located in San Miguel County’s remote Gallinas Canyon, the department has six female firefighters and five male firefighters. In addition, there are three women who volunteer as support staff providing food, water and assistance during emergencies.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 11, 2016

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

  • Instant fusion: Love and music

    By Beth Urech

    ver experience instant fusion with another human being? I recently did. I’m helping promote the Fifth Meadow City Music Festival coming up at the end of September. More than 20 groups will perform at our wonderful Plaza Park, the ballroom of the Plaza Hotel and JC’s New York Pizza.

  • Governor, lawmakers no closer to special session

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and Democratic state lawmakers exchanged more blame Thursday for inaction as New Mexico grapples with a growing budget deficit.

    Martinez promised earlier this summer to call a special legislative session so lawmakers could address a nearly quarter-billion-dollar shortfall from the last fiscal year and an estimated $458 million hole for the fiscal year that started in July.

  • Trial to begin in Boyd shooting

    The Associated Press

    Two Albuquerque police officers whose shooting death of a homeless man during a hillside standoff led to protests and national outcry will stand trial for murder this month, with jury selection in the case set to begin Monday.

    Police video of the shooting of James Boyd in 2014 set the stage for demonstrations and marches that paralyzed parts of New Mexico’s largest city, where tensions over a high rate of officer-involved shootings had been building for years.