Local News

  • 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.

  • ‘Nightmare’ scenario: High court tying 4-4 on election dispute

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — What happens if America wakes up on Nov. 9 to another undecided, hotly disputed presidential election? What if the outcome turns on the razor-thin margin in one or two states, one candidate seeking a recount, the other going to court?

    We know what happened in 2000, when the Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote effectively settled the election in favor of George W. Bush.

  • ‘Longmire’ to shoot season 6 in New Mexico

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Netflix series “Longmire” will return to New Mexico to produce its sixth and final season.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Santa Fe Film Office Director Eric Witt says production on the 10-episode season will begin in March. He says the series will use locations in and around Santa Fe, Pecos, Los Alamos and Las Vegas.

    The contemporary crime drama is set in Wyoming and based on the “Walt Longmire” mystery novels authored by Craig Johnson.

  • Weather - Nov. 6, 2016


    HIGH 63° / LOW 38°
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
    6:28 a.m. to 5 p.m.


    HIGH 65° / LOW 37°
    Sunny, with a high near 65. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
    6:29 a.m. to 4:59 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Nov. 6, 2016

    Monday, Nov. 7, 1966 — Highlands Cowboys rolled to their seventh season with a 47-13 win over Colorado Southern in Pueblo Saturday night. Highlands halfback Carl Garrett boosted his NAIA scoring lead to 146 points with four TDs/ In the final period, Ben Cortez bulldozed up the middle nine yards for the final TD.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — Nov. 6, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Beef and macaroni, California blend vegetables, garlic bread
    and pumpkin muffin

    Posole with cubed pork, red chile sauce, calabacitas, tortilla
     and mandarin oranges

    Chicken strips, glazed carrots, broccoli, dinner roll and peaches

    Baked ham, scallop potatoes, green peas, biscuit and cherry cobbler


  • Refuge to host annual Fall Flight Festival

    By Sonya Berg
    For the Optic