Local News

  • Officials: New Mexico’s weak child porn law lures offenders

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A weak child pornography law in New Mexico is attracting offenders to the state, officials said.

    A 2014 New Mexico Supreme Court ruling limits child porn possession charges to a single count regardless of the number of images involved, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • UNM grapples with higher costs, no new revenue

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico officials are looking at ways to bridge a multimillion-dollar gap in the budget.

    The university’s associate vice president of planning, budget and analysis Andrew Cullen told members of the board of regents Friday that no new revenue is anticipated as fixed costs increase by an expected $3.5 million, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

    Utility costs alone are expected to increase by $600,000.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 25, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Eastern NM could see icy conditions
    Forecasters say eastern New Mexico may be in for icy weather conditions starting late Thanksgiving day.
    National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones says Arctic air will spread southward beneath a relatively warm and very moist air stream originating elsewhere.
    He says that could spell trouble for travelers with icy conditions on Friday but that a less active and drier weather pattern is expected by Sunday.

  • Weather - Nov. 25, 2015


    HIGH 63° / LOW 36°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
    6:46 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.


    HIGH 54° / LOW 26°
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. South wind 15 to 20 mph.
    6:47 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Nov. 25, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, Nov. 22, 1965 — William C. Wertz, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wertz of Las Vegas, is among 20 college newspaper editors selected by Life Magazine for an expense-paid trip to Cape Kennedy to watch the launching of Gemini 7, scheduled for Dec. 4. Wertz, a junior majoring in journalism, is managing editor of the Stanford University Daily newspaper. He lis a Robertson High School graduate. Wertz will leave San Francisco on Dec. 3 and return on Dec. 5. Following the launching he will attend a press conference with top brass on the space project.

  • Cut-your-own Christmas tree permits available

    Submitted to the Optic

    Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest are on sale at forest headquarters, all ranger district offices and select third-party vendors.

  • City close to Storrie deal

    The stalemate between the city of Las Vegas and Storrie Project Water Users Association appears to be coming to an end.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 22, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Game Commission OKs $1M fee

    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has agreed to pay a $1 million fee so hunters, anglers and trappers can continue to have access to state trust lands.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the Game Commission approved the agreement at a meeting Thursday in Roswell following months of negotiations between the department and Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn.

  • Exchange targets Hispanics, Native Americans

    The Associated Press

    The state health insurance exchange is taking its message to the airwaves, billboards, community groups and online to boost the number of New Mexicans signing up for coverage during this enrollment period.

    Exchange CEO Amy Dowd said Thursday that people will have until the end of January to sign up, but those who want to have coverage by the first of the year face a Dec. 15 deadline.

    The exchange’s call center has been receiving about 100 inquiries a day and the number of

  • Study: More Mexicans leaving U.S. than coming

    By Elliot Spagat
    The Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO — More Mexicans are leaving than moving into the United States, reversing the flow of a half-century of mass migration, according to a study published Thursday.

    The Pew Research Center found that slightly more than 1 million Mexicans and their families, including American-born children, left the U.S. for Mexico from 2009 to 2014. During the same five years, 870,000 Mexicans came to the U.S., resulting in a net flow to Mexico of 140,000.