Local News

  • International showing - Highlands professor’s sculpture in international show

    Submitted to the Optic
    New Mexico Highlands University fine arts professor David Lobdell’s fire sculpture will be featured at the International Festival of High Temperatures starting Friday through Sunday in the heart of the medieval city of Wroclow, Poland.

    Lobdell is among the artists the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclow invited to participate in the 10th jubilee of the festival organizers say celebrates hot art.

  • In Brief - News - June 23, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Toulouse Oliver to seek re-election
    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s top elections official says she will run for re-election in 2018.

    Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced her bid for the Democratic nomination Tuesday, saying she wants to continue implementing reforms of the state’s campaign finance rules as well as increasing voter education in rural and Native American communities.

    Toulouse Oliver was elected secretary of state during a special election in November 2016.

  • Several events on tap
  • Weather - June 23, 2017


    HIGH 81 / LOW 52°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny; high near 81. North wind 10 to 15 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
    5:46 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


  • Attorney calls board action ‘illegal’

    The attorney for former Wagon Mound schools superintendent has fired back against the board claiming their action last week was illegal.

    Last Thursday, the board voted 4-1 — with the only dissenting vote coming from board member Eldie Cruz — to let Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s contract expire at the end of June. In January, the board had approved a three-year contract with McNellis-Martinez.

  • Adoption event
  • Suspect faces 10 charges

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was recently arrested and jailed on 10 charges after he ran from a traffic stop.

    Carlos Chavez, 36, of Las Vegas was taken into custody early on Saturday, June 10, after he was chased and arrested, according to a criminal complaint.

  • Residents return; fire danger persists

    The Associated Press
    SANDOVAL COUNTY —  Residents in northern New Mexico have returned to their homes and a highway that was forced to close through a popular mountain range is back open as firefighters mop up after one of the blazes currently burning in the state.

    Crews have contained about 80 percent of the fire that forced evacuations last week in the Jemez Mountains. Residents were allowed to return Sunday.

  • Police: Mother dies following shooting rampage in northern New Mexico

    The Associated Press
    ABIQUIU, N.M. — The mother of a man who went on a shooting rampage in New Mexico died several hours after being taken off life support, bringing the number of deaths to five, authorities said.

  • In Brief - News - June 21, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Former state sen. faces 22 new charges
    SANTA FE  — A grand jury has charged a former New Mexico state senator with perjury, fraud and embezzlement in connection with campaign finance activities and disclosure reports.

    Details of a grand jury indictment confirmed on Monday show that 22 new charges have been filed against former Sen. Phil Griego in state district court in Santa Fe.