Local News

  • Key things to know about federal land ownership in the West

    By Keith Ridler
    The Associated Press

    An armed group occupying the headquarters of a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon wants the federal government to relinquish the land to local officials so it becomes more accessible for ranching, mining and other uses.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 10, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Vaccine shortage due to payment problems
    ALBUQUERQUE — Pediatricians in New Mexico are turning away patients looking for vaccines because they have run out of supplies provided through the state Department of Health and paid for by private insurance companies.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that legislation last year required private insurers to cover the cost of vaccines. When DOH sent out a $10 million bill, only about $7.2 million in payments came back.

  • Weather - Jan. 10, 2015


    HIGH 33° / LOW 9°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.
    7:11 a.m. to 5:06 p.m.


    HIGH 35° / LOW 13°
    Sunny, with a high near 35. Monday night — mostly clear, with a low around 13.
    7:11 a.m. to 5:07 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Jan. 10, 2015
  • Vander Meer retires after 61 years of practice

    Submitted to the Optic

    Optometrist Robert Vander Meer retired at the end of 2015 after 61 years of active practice, seven years as a military OD, 44 years in private practice and 10 years with Eye Associates of New Mexico.

    “I can’t think of a better way to end my career than working with doctors I respect in a practice that has helped thousands of patients across New Mexico,” Vander Meer said.

    In his 61 years Dr. Vander Meer saw countless patients, many of whom have stayed with him over the years.

  • Foster parent information meeting Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The information meeting will be held at the local CYFD office at 2518 Ridge Runner Rd.

  • Slew of charges in crime rampage

    A 25-year-old Las Vegas woman who police contend was intoxicated when she caused two separate crashes on Wednesday afternoon is facing multiple felonies for allegedly pointing a handgun at several witnesses who were pursuing her as she attempted to flee. Among those witnesses were two off-duty Las Vegas police officers.

  • Clovis man killed in crash

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 32-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday evening after he collided head-on with a southbound semi on U.S. 84 south of Romeroville, according to state police.

    Following that initial collision, the semi and the vehicle crashed into two other vehicles.

    The crashes resulted in U.S. 84 being closed for hours. The accident occurred at about 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, and the state Department of Transportation reported that the road had reopened at about 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

  • Clerk certifies city candidates

    Las Vegas Optic

    The City Clerk’s Office has certified candidates for the March 1 municipal election.

    The race for mayor has drawn six candidates. Vying for that four-year post are Councilman Joseph Joey Herrera; Bruce G. McAllister, who has served on several city committees; LaVinia C. Flores Fenzi, the former executive director of the Las Vegas San Miguel Chamber of Commerce; former city councilor Macario R. Gonzales; Las Vegas Times blogger Chris Lopez; and Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron.

  • Working around the clock

    Old Man Winter has been in full force lately, and local state Department of Transportation crews have been working around the clock clearing state roads. Locally, NMDOT snowplow drivers are working 12-hour shifts plowing away snow and ice.

    “The hard-working men and women of NMDOT work around the clock to help ensure our roadways are clear and safe for their fellow New Mexicans,” said Matt Kennicott, NMDOT director of communication.