Local News

  • Still looking for answers

    Cindy "Tig" Rivera's 25th birthday was Feb. 14.

    Her family and friends haven't seen her since June of 2012.

  • Mora County man, heading to get married, and friend killed on I-25

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A New Mexico woman says she and her boyfriend were on their way to Las Vegas to get married before he was killed on a freeway while changing a tire.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports 28-year-old Lonny Escovedo, a native of the Mora County area, and his sister’s boyfriend, 21-year-old Michael Chambellan, were struck by a vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 25 on Tuesday evening.

  • N.M. opioid crisis: Police, others push for treatment facility

    Getting a medical assisted treatment facility located in Las Vegas is a top priority for Interim Police Chief Chris Lopez.

    It’s his part in the growing effort among community members to stem the tide of the opioid crisis in San Miguel County. The chief has approached anyone who can support with the philosophy that the problem impacts all in one way or another.

  • System changes for lottery scholarships

    By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — New Mexico is providing more certainty for college students about the amount of financial aid they can count on from state lottery revenues, but elected officials and others say more needs to be done to shore up the scholarship program as higher education costs climb.

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Wednesday that decouples the value of lottery scholarships from the cost of tuition by setting a fixed amount for the awards based on the kind of institution a student attends.

  • Reclaimed water now available

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The City of Las Vegas will allow the public to get reclaimed water from the reclaimed water stand pipe at the Utility Services Center at 905 12th Street.

    Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost of the water is $1.25 per 1000 gallons and an additional $.50 charge per trip.

  • Black History Month

    Highlands University senior Kylee Norman writes on a dream board Feb. 12 at the university’s Student Center in honor of Black History Month.

  • Dry conditions

    Firefighters managed to contain this recent burn at a site along Highway 518 near Sapello, but any fire has the risk of destroying massive acreage and property and endangering lives.

    Fire officials remind New Mexicans that extremely dry conditions call for extra caution when handling any sort of open flame or heat source.

  • Gov. takes no action on solar credit bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has declined to act on a measure that would have restored a tax credit aimed at offsetting the costs of solar energy systems for households, small businesses and farms in New Mexico.

    The Republican governor faced a deadline Wednesday to sign legislation that was approved during the recent 30-day session. Measures not acted upon by the governor are considered pocket vetoed.

  • Luna student selected to an all-state academic team

    Jessey Martinez has earned one of the most prestigious awards a two-year college student can get.

    Martinez was selected to the New Mexico Phi Theta Kappa All-State Academic Team. Martinez, a criminal justice major at Luna Community College, was recognized at the State Capitol recently.

  • Online gaming community growing by leaps, bounds

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Meadow City Gaming is a competitive gaming community developed by gamers, for gamers. Its goal is to establish a strong gaming community of all ages that will bring together gamers from all corners of New Mexico to compete against one another and win cash prizes.

    MCG strives to give back to its community. At each tournament, MCG collects donations that will be used toward local causes. From providing shower tickets for the homeless to raising funds for a family in need, the possibilities to give back are endless.