Local News

  • Moody’s lowers West’s credit outlook

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A credit ratings agency has reduced the credit outlook for 51 of New Mexico’s 89 school districts.

    Among the school districts that had their credit outlook downgraded was West Las Vegas.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Moody’s Investors Service also revised the outlook for New Mexico’s three research universities from stable to negative. The outlook change signals that downgrades are possible.

  • NMSU Extension hosting ag day in Las Vegas on Nov. 10

    By Jane Moorman
    New Mexico State University

    Are you fed up with gophers, prairie dogs and grasshoppers destroying your land and crops?

    Ways to control these pests will be presented at the 2016 Annual Ag Day workshop sponsored by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service in San Miguel and Mora counties and the San Miguel Farm Bureau.

    Presentations will also be made on hay quality, cattle vaccinations and New Mexico Workers’ Compensation issues.

  • Suspect charged in officer’s murder

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The state attorney general filed a criminal complaint on Thursday charging the man suspected of shooting and killing an Albuquerque police officer with an open count of murder and other felony counts, more than a year after police say the man opened fire during a nighttime traffic stop.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 4, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 24 and Oct. 25:

    Joebary Vigal, 26, hold for District Court
    Matthew Gonzales, 27, three-day commitment, District Court
    Gene Romero, 45, 60-day commitment, District Court
    Antonio Larranaga, 33, probation violation: positive urinalysis for cocaine, Adult Probation Office
    Jonathan Aragon, 18, battery on a household member, interference with communications, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Tighter race, but still good signs for Clinton

    By Hope Yen
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton may not be accumulating the type of early-vote advantage her campaign wanted, but she continues to maintain an apparent edge over Donald Trump, with roughly one-fourth of all expected ballots cast in the 2016 election.

    The Democrat’s campaign once hoped to bank substantial votes from Democrats in North Carolina and Florida before Election Day. Both are must-win states for Trump.

  • Why health care eats more of your paycheck every year

    By Tom Murphy
    AP Health Writer

    Millions of Americans are finding out this month that the price of their health insurance is going up next year — as it did this year, last year, and most of the years before that.

    And it’s not just that the price is going up, it’s that it goes up faster than wages and inflation, eating away at our ability to pay for other things we want (beer, televisions, vacations) or need (rent, heat, food).

  • Weather - Nov. 4, 2016


    HIGH 51° / LOW 40°
    Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 51. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
    7:26 a.m. to 6:02 p.m.


    HIGH 55° / LOW 40°
    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
    7:27 a.m. to 6:01 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Nov. 4, 2016

    Thursday, Nov. 3, 1966 — Members of the Board of Regents discussed the long-range plans for the development with Harvey Hoshour, HU campus planner. The board discussed estimates of student enrollments at Highlands during the next 34 years and anticipated that by the year 2000, there will be at least 6,000 student on campus.

  • College Night
  • Sanchez: ‘We screwed up’

    Luna Community College’s president said Tuesday that he and the school’s board of trustees made a mistake by doing away with the policy that prohibited the hiring of his family members and those of the board, and he said it’s time for Luna to “make peace with our community.”

    “I know we screwed up on the nepotism,” President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez told the Optic during an interview on Tuesday.