Local News

  • HU hires new nursing director

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Jeanie Flood is the new nursing director at New Mexico Highlands University’s online RN-BSN Program.

    Flood holds a doctorate in nursing and has more than 15 years of experience in nursing education. Since 2004, she taught on the nursing faculty at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where she led the RN-BSN Program for eight years and it quadrupled in size. Flood also coordinated the BSN Program.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 20, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 7 and Jan. 12:
    Paul Valdez, 30, battery upon a peace officer, possession, delivery, or manufacture of drug paraphernalia, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Nakia Baca, 35, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Chusai Padilla, 34, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Juan Rubio, 27, three-day sanction-positive urinalysis, Adult Probation Office

  • Women’s March set for Saturday in Santa Fe

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, hundreds are expected to participate in the Women’s March in our nation’s capital while many local residents will participate in a similar march in Santa Fe. Las Vegas resident Noyola Padilla-Archibuque is planning to attend Saturday’s march. She was one of the five electors for the state for this past presidential election.

    The march is scheduled the day after the presidential inauguration and coincides with the national Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

  • Weather - Jan. 20, 2017


    HIGH 47° / LOW 26°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
    7:08 a.m. to 5:16 p.m.


    HIGH 42° / LOW 22°
    A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.
    7:07 a.m. to 5:17 p.m.


  • UWC students give back on MLK Day

    By Gwen Albers

    At home in Nepal, Ritambhara Parajuli volunteered with the Red Cross after a 2015 earthquake left 9,000 dead and 22,000 injured.

    The 17-year-old United World College-USA first-year student also teaches at an orphanage in Nepal.

  • West board candidate dies

    The West Las Vegas school board election takes place in a just a few weeks. But one person won’t be campaigning on Election Day, scheduled for Feb. 7.

    James R. “Gordy” Lovato, a candidate for a position on the West Las Vegas school board, died unexpectedly on Jan. 9 at his home.

    His wife, Lydia Maddox, said her late husband was undergoing dialysis for the past eight years. She said that he was looking forward to his campaign for office where he was running against incumbent Christine Ludi and Joe A. Gallegos.

  • Alta Vista earns reaccreditation

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has been reaccredited by The Joint Commission, one of the leading agencies for quality and operating standards among health care providers.

    Meanwhile, the hospital’s surgical department reopened on Monday, roughly a week after a heating and cooling unit broke, causing flooding and forcing the closure of the unit.

  • Lawmakers convene to resolve budget crisis

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico lawmakers kicked off a 60-day legislative session Tuesday and took aim at closing the state’s large budget gap and finding enough money to maintain critical government services.

  • Playing in the snow
  • In Brief - News - Jan. 18, 2017

    The Associated Press

    30 percent of NM kids in poverty
    SANTA FE — More New Mexico children now have health insurance and fewer teens are abusing alcohol and drugs, but there has been little improvement when it comes to measuring the economic well-being of families.

    The Albuquerque-based advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children released its annual Kids Count Data Book on Tuesday as the Legislature embarked on a 60-day session.