Local News

  • ‘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

  • $1.5M budget cut for NMHU

    New Mexico Highlands University’s finance vice president told regents last Friday that solvency measures enacted by state lawmakers and the governor will result in a roughly $1.5 million cut in Highlands’ state appropriation.

    For now, he said, he thinks the university will be able to absorb that cut without laying off staff. But he warned that any additional funding decreases would likely force the university to “hit staff.”

  • Early voting drawing to a close
  • $220K on line for Vegas libraries

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University’s Donnelly Library and all Las Vegas libraries will receive funding to expand collections if voters approve Library Bond B.

    Bond B is a statewide measure on the Nov. 8 ballot that is not a new tax, but instead would replace funding from bonds set to expire.

  • Independent voters behind registration uptick in NM

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE —  The number of registered voters in New Mexico has climbed to almost 1.3 million in anticipation next week’s general election, new figures from state election officials indicate.

    Figures released Monday by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office show a 3 percent increase since the 2012 presidential election.