Local News

  • ‘Making a Killing’ filming locally

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    The independent feature “Making a Killing” is filming in northern New Mexico.

    State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis says principal photography is expected to continue through the end of October in Las Vegas and nearby Montezuma.

    The film is being produced by CanAmPac3, LLC. The project will employ 20 New Mexico crew members, 15 local principal actors and 30 background talent.

  • Overdose deaths down in San Miguel, Mora counties

    State health officials announced last week that two-thirds of  New Mexico counties, including San Miguel and Mora, have seen a decline in overdose deaths.

    San Miguel County had eight fatal overdoses in 2015, down from 12 in 2014, according to state Department of Health statistics. That brought San Miguel County’s overdose death rate down from 49.6 to 34.0 per 100,000.

    Mora County had one fatal overdose death in 2014 and none in 2015.

    The Health Department said in a news release that overdose deaths decreased in 20 of 33 counties.

  • Weather - Sept. 25, 2016


    HIGH 66° / LOW 40°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
    6:52 a.m. to 6:52 p.m.


    HIGH 65° / LOW 41°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
    6:52 a.m. to 6:51 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 25, 2016

    Monday, Sept. 26, 1966 — Marine Pvt. Richard D. Conklin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Conklin, has completed four weeks of individual combat training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. His next assignment is four weeks of basic specialist training to prepare him for a specific job in the Marine Corps.

  • Moving time
  • Senior Lunch Menu — Sept. 25, 2016

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

    Salisbury steak with brown gravy, steamed rice, carrot raisin salad,
    dinner roll, and pears

    Baked fish squares, tarter sauce, green beans, potato wedges, and
    fruit cobbler and topping

    Beef and cheese enchilada, pinto beans, Spanish rice, and vanilla pudding

    Lasagna, garden salad, mixed vegetables, French bread, and fruit cocktail

  • West graduate joins medical staff at Alta Vista

    Submitted to Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has announced its formal relationship with Raymond Ortiz, M.D., internal medicine.

    Ortiz attended West Las Vegas High School and graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico Medical School in Albuquerque.

    Ortiz finished his training with a residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas-Wichita Affiliated Hospitals.  

  • Green and Gold Pride
  • Police union contract approved

    The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a contract with the police union that city officials say will make Las Vegas more competitive with other area police departments.

    “I think our department was at risk of losing good officers and not keeping good officers,” said City Attorney Chico Gallegos, who presented the contract to the governing body. “What you see recognizes their key role and a genuine effort to compensate these men and women consistent with their effort and the risk they face on a regular bases.”

  • NM Painters Exhibition opens Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A brilliant blue New Mexico sky dominated by scudding clouds is the backdrop for a view of the foothills in Joel Greene’s oil painting, Interesting Clouds.

    Two colorful figures in bold Brazilian carnival masks stare straight ahead in Janet Stein Romero’s watercolor and gouache painting, Gemini Dancers.

    Pueblo walls curving beneath a swirling sky evoke the ancient pueblo culture of New Mexico in Clayton Campbell’s oil on panel painting Pueblo Viejo Triptych.