Local News

  • Weather - Aug. 25, 2017


    HIGH 78°/ LOW 53°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    6:28 a.m. to 7:37 p.m.


    HIGH 80° / LOW 53°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the morning.

  • Community invited to HU Welcome Back Fiesta

    Submitted to the Optic

    Highlands University is sponsoring a Welcome Back Fiesta for its students on Saturday at Melody Park, with live music, food and games, and the public is invited to the free event.
    The fiesta will take place from 1 to 6 p.m.

  • Chief files tort claim against city

    Tensions have been high between city of Las Vegas officials and the police department for several months. In June, the city received a letter from Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño’s attorney in which he informed officials he had filed a tort claim against the city.

  • Hundreds flock to NMHU Observatory as part of nationwide obsession with eclipse

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Hundreds of visitors to Las Vegas’ Highlands University observatory joined with many other Americans in taking time to observe Monday’s solar eclipse.

    The U.S. witnessed its first full-blown, coast-to-coast solar eclipse since World War I, and millions of Americans gazed in wonder at the cosmic spectacle, with the best seats along the so-called path of totality that raced 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) across the continent from Oregon to South Carolina.

  • Sect leader charged in Cibola Co. abuse case

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    FENCE LAKE  — A leader of a New Mexico military-style Christian sect is facing dozens of child sexual abuse charges in a case that authorities say is connected to widespread abuse by the religious commune.

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  • PRC to discuss PNM rates in town hall Thursday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Pat Lyons will be holding a town hall on Thursday at 9 a.m. at Charlie’s Bakery on Douglas Avenue in Las Vegas, according to New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Public Information Officer Carlos Padilla.

    The topic will be PNM’s recently proposed rate increase.

  • In brief - U.S. News - Aug. 23, 2017

    Remains found of missing Navy sailors
    SINGAPORE (AP) — Navy divers searching a flooded compartment of the USS John S. McCain found remains of some of the 10 sailors missing in a collision between the warship and an oil tanker, the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said Tuesday as he promised a full investigation.

    Adm. Scott Swift also said at a news conference in Singapore, where the McCain is now docked, that Malaysian officials had found one body, but it had yet to be identified and it was unknown whether it was a crew member.

  • New Mexico delegates make plea to keep two national monuments intact

    By Susan Montoya Brown
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Democratic members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation on Monday issued a last-ditch plea to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep intact two national monuments on a list of sites being reviewed by the Trump administration.

  • In brief - New Mexico News - Aug. 23, 2017

    UNM press fights to survive
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The largest publisher of books in New Mexico is struggling for survival amid layoffs and budget cuts.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the University of New Mexico Press has in recent months cut its staff by about a quarter and made plans to reduce its annual output by about one-third.