Local News

  • Special session?

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The focus of New Mexico lawmakers on “meaningless bills” such as establishing the official state dance may force Gov. Susana Martinez to call a special session to deal with larger issues such as the strapped budget, a spokesman for the governor said Tuesday.

  • Ex-city clerk charged in wrong-way crash

    Sheryl Yara, a former Las Vegas city clerk, was arrested on Saturday night as a result of a wrong-way crash, just south of Las Vegas.

    She has been charged with aggravated DWI, causing great bodily harm by vehicle due to DWI, and driving the wrong way.

    This is her first DWI.

  • Gunning for glory - State tourneys lure fans

    The shoe polished windows, hand-crafted signs and bumper stickers are a dead giveaway.

    Throughout the week — and likely through Saturday night — a road trip south on Interstate 25 will serve up telltale signs of Las Vegas, Pecos and Mora’s participation in that most hallowed of late-winter traditions — the state basketball tournaments. Fans of Dons, Cardinals, Panthers and Rangers boys’ and girls’ teams have been making the trek to the center of the state, in some cases daily, to see their favorite teams in action.

  • Alumbra fights on

    Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron has reached out to local businesses, soliciting donations in an effort to help continue funding  women’s health services in Las Vegas.

    Alumbra Women’s Health Services has been on the brink of closing its doors for several months as the locally owned business has suffered greatly due to the closing of the obstetrics department at Alta Vista Regional Hospital one year ago. The closure has caused Alumbra, owned by Las Vegas native and resident Connie Trujillo, to lose roughly half of its annual income.

  • Jail Log - March 10, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 28 and March 8:

  • N.M. leaders watchful as health care overhaul nears

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s health care sector and policy makers were warily studying a proposal Tuesday by U.S. House Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act that has cut the state’s uninsured rate in half since 2013.

    Of particular concern were measures to reduce federal matching funds for newcomers to Medicaid health coverage starting in mid-2019, and link overall federal spending on Medicaid to a limited, per-beneficiary amount.

  • Weather - March 10, 2017


    HIGH 70° / LOW 39°
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the morning.
    6:18 a.m. to 6:04 p.m.


    HIGH 64° / LOW 33°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 64. North wind 10 to 15 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
    6:17 a.m. to 6:05 p.m.


  • Brandi Aragon’s play ‘Circumstance’ hits stage

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents “Circumstance,” a student’s original play about teenagers with mental illness at 7 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday.

    Brandi Aragon, a Highlands music performance senior, wrote “Circumstance” and directs the production performed by the university’s Zero Theatre Club in the Sala de Madrid, 801 University Ave.

  • SMCC picks new manager

    Vidal Martinez, who formerly served Luna Community College in several positions — including vice president — is the San Miguel County Commission’s choice to fill the county manager post.

    The SMCC made that decision late Monday after conducting interviews of three finalists behind closed doors.

    The other finalists were Morris Madrid, former Las Vegas city manager, and Ronald Lucero, according to SMCC Chairman Rock Ulibarri.

  • Shelter in trouble - Samaritan House in peril

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Joseph Untalan recently found himself without a job. Without a home. And with a severely frost-bitten foot after sleeping on the street on a 10-degree December night.

    Things changed for Untalan after moving into the Casa de Samaritan (also known as Samaritan House) homeless shelter in Las Vegas, where he is also paid minimum wage to work as a caregiver 28 hours a week.

    “Without the shelter, I may have died from hypothermia,” the 31-year-old Las Vegas man said last week.