Local News

  • Jail log - Aug. 20, 2017

    The following         individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 12 and Aug. 18:
    Helen Rivera, 35, driving on suspended revoked license, probation violation: new charges, Adult Probation.
    Sherise Ulibarri, 31, failure to comply with conditions of release, San Miguel District Court.
    Jennifer Parkinson, 32, failure to comply with conditions of probation, probation violation, San Miguel District Court.

  • Bills vetoed by governor should be law, judge says

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — In a recent ruling, a state district judge sided with Democratic lawmakers who asked that certain vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez during the last regular legislative session be invalidated, setting the stage for the proposals to become law.

  • Early childhood program results mixed

    By Susan Montoya Brown
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s programs for young children are generating mixed results and legislative analysts recommended Wednesday that lawmakers continue tracking the outcomes of early childhood programs to ensure the state is investing wisely.

    Analysts with the Legislative Finance Committee presented the findings of their latest accountability report covering spending and outcomes for such programs during a meeting in Taos.

  • Weather - Aug. 20, 2017


    HIGH 76°/ LOW 55°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

    6:24 a.m. to 7:44 p.m.


    HIGH 78° / LOW 56°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78.
    Monday night — a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. 

    6:25 a.m. to 7:42 p.m.

  • Solar Eclipse mania - ‘Don’t video it, experience it’

    By Mariah Brown
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Prominent astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a suggestion for anyone with a view of next week’s solar eclipse: Put down your smartphone and take in the phenomenon yourself.

    Tyson told an audience at the American Museum of Natural History on Monday: “Experience this one emotionally, psychologically, physically.”

  • 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.