Local News

  • Crash spurs family to fight DWI

    Tuesday would have marked Selena Gonzales’ 20th birthday, but instead of sharing cake and birthday gifts with their youngest granddaughter, Ralph and Maxine Gonzales visited St. Anthony’s Cemetery.

    There — at the grave Selena shares with her father, Paul Gonzales, mother, Renée Collins Gonzales and two sisters, Alisha Garcia and Jacquelynn Gonzales — Ralph and Maxine left a bouquet of balloons and a heart shaped wreath made of red roses and carnations.

  • At 107, Tecolote resident is still voting

    When Eloisa Montoya, was born on Nov. 2, 1909, William Howard Taft was president, New Mexico was still a territory, and women did not yet have the right to vote in the U.S.

    Montoya was 10 years old when the 19th Amendment — giving women the right to vote — was ratified.

    On Tuesday, the 107-year-old Tecolote resident marked another milestone, casting her vote for a female presidential candidate for the first time.

  • Anton Chico man charged with breaking into gallery

    A 29-year-old Anton Chico man was arrested Sunday night after allegedly breaking into the Las Vegas Arts Council building on Bridge Street and trying to walk away with wood carvings, a laptop and even a paper shredder and trash can.  

    Garret Ulibarri, who resides on El Llano Loop, has been charged with commercial burglary, possession of burglary tools and tampering with evidence, all fourth-degree felonies. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 9, 2016

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1966  — The appointment of Kirby Ward as publisher of the Las Vegas Daily Optic was announced here yesterday by Robert McKinney, president of the Las Vegas Publishing Co. Ward assumes his duties as the Optic’s chief executive today. Ward comes to the Las Vegas Optic from the Monte Vista, Colo., Journal, which he has served as publisher for a year.

  • Weather - Nov. 9, 2016


    HIGH 59° / LOW 30°
    Sunny, with a high near 59. North wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
    6:31 a.m. to 4:58 p.m.


    HIGH 60° / LOW 34°
    Sunny, with a high near 60. West wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:32 a.m. to 4:57 p.m.


  • Friday concert to feature variety of jazz classics

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents the university’s Jazz Ensemble in concert 7 p.m. on Friday in the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

    Ticket prices are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free along with other students with IDs.

    Highlands University music professor Edward Harrington directs the Jazz Ensemble. Music faculty member Kevin Zoernig is the pianist and concert co-director.

  • Life after tragedy - 10 year anniversary of horrific crash

    The devastating tragedy that claimed the lives of five members of a Las Vegas family 10 years ago rocked this community to its core, but the sole survivor of that drunken-driving crash has not let it define who she is.

    “Life has been challenging in a way that I never imaged it would be,” said Arissa Collins Gold. “However, I try to make the best out of every day. Even on the hard days I try to find something positive, and my kids help me do that.”

  • Voters have much to decide on Tuesday

    All eyes are focused on the train wreck of a presidential race we’ve been forced to endure, but Tuesday’s election will decide so much more.

  • UWC students weigh in on election

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Emil Munksgaard is reconsidering studying law in the United States, partly due to the upcoming presidential election.

    “If Donald Trump is the president, I’m not very interested in staying for long,” said the 17-year-old United World College student from Denmark. “I cannot deal with his racism and things he stands for.”

  • WIPP evacuated after rock fall

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Employees evacuated the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste repository after a reported rock fall at the southern New Mexico plant.

    Officials say there were no injuries and no release of radiological contamination Thursday at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, located in the Carlsbad area.

    Employees working in the area of Panel 7 reported a loud noise about 2:20 p.m. and saw salt dust indicating a possible rock fall.