Local News

  • Alta Vista earns reaccreditation

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has been reaccredited by The Joint Commission, one of the leading agencies for quality and operating standards among health care providers.

    Meanwhile, the hospital’s surgical department reopened on Monday, roughly a week after a heating and cooling unit broke, causing flooding and forcing the closure of the unit.

  • Lawmakers convene to resolve budget crisis

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico lawmakers kicked off a 60-day legislative session Tuesday and took aim at closing the state’s large budget gap and finding enough money to maintain critical government services.

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  • In Brief - News - Jan. 18, 2017

    The Associated Press

    30 percent of NM kids in poverty
    SANTA FE — More New Mexico children now have health insurance and fewer teens are abusing alcohol and drugs, but there has been little improvement when it comes to measuring the economic well-being of families.

    The Albuquerque-based advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children released its annual Kids Count Data Book on Tuesday as the Legislature embarked on a 60-day session.

  • Weather - Jan. 18, 2017


    HIGH 48° / LOW 25°
    Sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night — mostly clear, with a low around 25.
    7:09 a.m. to 5:14 p.m.


    HIGH 53° / LOW 29°
    Sunny, with a high near 53. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
    7:08 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.


  • Prof solos in premiere of Los Bufones Musical

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University music professor is a lead vocal soloist in the premiere of Los Bufones, a melodic new concert theater piece, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

    André García-Nuthmann, a tenor, will sing in the Albuquerque production that portrays court life during the Spanish King Philip IV’s reign from 1605 to 1665 as depicted in the paintings of Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. The production runs at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 to Jan. 21 and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22.

  • Liquor license opposed

    A request for approval of a liquor license transfer that would clear the way for the Giant station in Romeroville to begin selling package liquors has drawn stiff opposition from area residents who fear it will worsen the county’s DWI problem.

  • West schools chief gets contract extension

    Christopher Gutierrez will lead the West Las Vegas Schools at least another school year.

    During a board meeting Thursday, the board unanimously approved a one-year contract for Gutierrez. The contract will expire on June 30, 2018.

    “The board is happy with Mr. Gutierrez’s performance, especially with regard to his plans on addressing the district school grades,” board chairman David Romero said. “I am happy to see that he has the total support of the board.”

  • Anton Chico man charged in shooting

    A 23-year-old Anton Chico man was arrested and charged with three felonies last week for allegedly firing a handgun at a passing vehicle in Tecolotito.

    No one was injured in the incident, which occurred Tuesday.

    Robert A. Saiz, who resides on Mescalero Drive, has been charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle, and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, all fourth-degree felonies. He is also facing two petty misdemeanor counts of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

  • Las Vegas’ celluloid legacy

    By Tripp Stelnicki
    Santa Fe New Mexican

    Romaine Fielding, the original auteur, came here to test the boundaries of an emerging medium.

    Tom Mix, the original cowboy, established an American archetype that would endure for more than a century.

    In 1913, Fielding arrived in the Meadow City and made 10 films over a few short months. Mix made at least 20 more in the San Miguel County railroad town in the fall of 1915.