Local News

  • Las Vegas native returns as family medicine doctor

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    There has been plenty of discussion at recent government meetings throughout the state about getting college-trained young professionals to return to their New Mexico hometowns.

    One local doctor and Las Vegas native did almost as much college training as he could possibly do, and is now a part of a local business.

  • President committee still not selected

    The search for the next president of Luna Community College hit a speed bump on Tuesday as trustees questioned whether having a search committee is the correct way to conduct the search.

    Trustees provided names for who they would like on the presidential search committee, including Sherry Goodyear of Springer, Sandra Madrid of Las Vegas, David Romero of Las Vegas, Joseph Griego of Mora, Herman David Baca of Santa Rosa, Matthew Martinez of Las Vegas, and Yvonne Aragon of Las Vegas.

  • Budget surplus forecast for New Mexico for FY2019

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico is on track to collect more money in the coming fiscal year than it currently spends as surging oil production pulls state government out of a budget crisis, state economists told lawmakers on Wednesday.

    Economists from three state agencies and the Legislature predicted that tax revenue and other government income will slightly surpass spending obligations during the fiscal year that begins in July 2018.

  • Lodgers tax board wants to change marketing focus

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    By a 4-0 vote Wednesday, the City of Las Vegas Lodgers Tax Advisory Board decided to make a change in the direction the city’s marketing dollars are spent.

    Board members Allan Affeldt, Joaquin Garofola, Krutik Bhakta and board newcomer Lupe Trujillo voted to recommend changes with the city’s contract with Cisneros Design, a Santa Fe-based firm being paid a large portion of Las Vegas’ lodgers tax funds to help brand and market the city. Diane Ortiz was not at Wednesday’s meeting.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Aug. 18, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Search for climber unfruitful
    ASPEN, Colo — Final searches for a climber who has been missing since September found no trace.

    The Aspen Daily News reports David Cook, of Corrales, N.M., disappeared during a solo trip to summit peaks in the Maroon Bells area.

  • Water — water everywhere
  • Two nonprofits get $10K each from PNM

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Two Las Vegas area nonprofit organizations will receive $10,000 grants from the PNM Resources Foundation as part of the Next Century of Service Grant program, commemorating the 100th birthday of PNM, the utility announced recently.
    The two award recipients are the Seed-to-Plate Program and MainStreet de Las Vegas.

    “It is an honor for the PNM Resources Foundation to invest this money in our New Mexico communities,” PNM Resources Foundation President Becky Teague said.

  • Trump decries removal of monuments, says ‘history being ripped apart’

    By Julie Bykowicz and Jonathan Lemire
     The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump bitingly decried the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons Thursday, declaring the nation is seeing “the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart.”

    Trump’s remarks came as the White house tried to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative previous comments on last weekend’s racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • World news in brief - Aug. 18, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Hate crimes law might finally pass
    INDIANAPOLIS — Supporters of establishing a hate crimes law in Indiana say they hope their push will overcome longstanding opposition in the Legislature following the deadly violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    The Anti-Defamation League lists Indiana as one of just five states without laws against crimes motivated by biases, such as race, gender, religion and sexual orientation.

  • Weather - Aug. 18, 2017


    HIGH 84°/ LOW 56°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Friday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

    6:22 a.m. to 7:46 p.m.


    HIGH 83° / LOW 56°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.