Local News

  • High-stepping: Irish dance group performing at HU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents Rhythm of the Dance, the National Dance Company of Ireland, in concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Rhythm of the Dance showcases the journey of Irish Celts throughout history, combining dance and music to unite the contemporary and the ancient.

  • State high court rejects attempt to open primaries

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an attempt to open major party primary elections to independent voters but left the door open to legislative reforms on the issue.

    Only people registered as Republicans or Democrats can vote in their party primaries in New Mexico.

    In an opinion without dissent, the state Supreme Court found that the system has reasonably modest burdens that ensure the purity and efficiency of primaries.

  • Optic moving to new location

    For more than a century, the Las Vegas Optic has operated out of its sprawling building on the northeast corner of Seventh and Lincoln, but that will change beginning next week.

    The Optic is moving to leased offices at the northeast corner of Eighth and University this weekend and will open at the new location at 720 University Avenue on Monday.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 8, 2017
  • Weather - Feb. 8, 2017


    HIGH 61° / LOW 34°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. West wind around 15 mph. Wednesday night — mostly clear, with a low around 34.
    6:54 a.m. to 5:36 p.m.


    HIGH 63° / LOW 39°
    Sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Thursday night — mostly clear, with a low around 39.
    6:53 a.m. to 5:37 p.m.


  • Martinez family story to be highlighted at event

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University alumna Desiree Martínez said she felt love from the Highlands family when her father, social work professor Rey Martínez, survived a deadly head-on car collision July 11, 2014.

  • Dons score small court victory

    Games on.

    At least two of them, at least for now.

    District Judge Abigail Aragon on Friday ordered that two remaining West Las Vegas boys basketball games vs. Robertson and at St. Michael’s be played as scheduled.

    The fate of two other WLV-RHS and WLV-St.Mike’s games will hinge on either an out-of-court agreement among the affected schools and the New Mexico Activities Association or a Feb. 10 hearing back in district court.

    The judge’s ruling came in front of a capacity crowd in a San Miguel County Courthouse courtroom.

  • Dream Come True - Rociada native to perform at NHCC

    Reynaldo Maestas will soon experience a dream come true. Maestas, a native of Rociada, will headline a Valentines show on 2 p.m. next Sunday at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

    “I’ve always wanted to have my own show there,” Maestas said. “I’ve performed as a guest on-stage, but I have never had my own show. There aren’t enough words on what this means to me.”

    Maestas, who works at New Mexico Tech, has had music figuratively running through his blood since before he was born.

  • Wagon Mound board member disqualified

    Debbie Coca’s tenure on the Wagon Mound School Board will soon come to an end.

    Coca, who was appointed by the board this past summer to fill a vacant position, was not allowed to run for the seat in Tuesday’s school board election. The former Mora County clerk determined she wasn’t eligible because she resides in Watrous.

    Watrous, a small town off Interstate 25, is part of the Las Vegas City Schools district.

  • NM allows greater scrutiny for conflicts of interest

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office plans to post financial disclosure statements on its website that detail income, investments and other business ties for hundreds of state officials including lawmakers, Cabinet secretaries and the governor.

    In recent years, the information has been available upon request only. Agency spokesman John Blair said disclose forms will be posted online as soon as next week.