Local News

  • Calling it a career - Veteran radio show host retires

    After more than three decades on the radio airwaves Maria Garduño has settled into retirement. On Tuesday morning, the 90-year-old hosted her last New Mexico music show on KNMX radio — after a 31-year career.

    Garduño’s departure left many calling into the station to wish her well and saying they will miss her voice during her regular Monday through Friday morning program.

  • School board elections set for Tuesday

    On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls to cast their vote for their preferred school board candidates.

    The West Las Vegas School board has three seats on the ballot, while the Las Vegas City Schools has two. All three seats on the West board are contested.   

    Las Vegas City Schools board members Gabriel Lucero and Leroy Lujan are both running unopposed.

  • Governor vetoes court funding

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed emergency funding for jury trials while ensuring payment for the current legislative session.

    Legislation finalized by the Republican governor on Thursday ensures that more than 400 legislative employees receive pay checks and postpones decisions about a funding crisis in the state judiciary.

  • West Las Vegas candidate questionnaire

    Editor’s Note: With the school board election set for Tuesday, it’s time to brush up on where each candidate stands on the issues. The Optic submitted questions to all school board candidates. What follows are their responses.


    Ambrosio E.

    Age: 24
    Contact information: PO Box 114, Serafina, NM  87569

  • Weather - Feb. 3, 2017


    HIGH 56° / LOW 30°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:59 a.m. to 5:31 p.m.


    HIGH 59° / LOW 30°
    Sunny, with a high near 59. Saturday night — mostly clear, with a low around 30.
    6:58 a.m. to 5:32 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Feb. 3, 2017

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 1967 — Dr. Robert Amai, assistant professor of chemistry at Highlands University, was selected as Professor of the Term by students on the HU campus, according to Mrs. Ann Nanninga, dean of women. Amai was selected by a vote of the students during the fall term. He was selected not only for his outstanding teaching ability but also for his popularity among students.

  • BREAKING: WLV basketball fighting penalty in court

    West Las Vegas boys' basketball team, penalized with four forfeited games for a rules violation, may have a shot at playing those games after all.

    A temporary restraining order issued late Tuesday by Fourth Judicial District Judge Abigail Aragon calls for the forfeiture to be put on hold, which in theory would allow the Dons' scheduled games vs. Robertson and St. Mike's to be played. A hearing on the matter is set for 10 a.m. Friday at the San Miguel County Courthouse.

  • Millions at stake for area schools

    Las Vegas City Schools and the West Las Vegas School District are seeking voter approval for general obligation bonds during Tuesday’s school elections.

    Las Vegas City Schools is proposing an $11 million bond and a 2 mill levy. West is seeking a $9.5 million bond.

  • Exploring the World
  • Legislature adjusts its budget, court funding

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Monday approved funding for the current legislative session and to the judiciary to pay for jury trials, after an earlier version of the bill was vetoed.