Local News

  • Philmont Boy Scout who died identified

    The Associated Press

    CIMARRON — Authorities on Monday released the name of a Boy Scout who died after being swept away by a flash flood during a camping trip with his troop in northern New Mexico.

    New Mexico State Police said 13-year-old Alden Brock of Sacramento, California, was one of eight Boy Scouts participating in a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch when the flooding hit before dawn Saturday.

  • State reports ‘all-time high’ tourism numbers

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Pointing to New Mexico’s slick television and online promotional commercials, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that close to 33 million people visited the state last year, making it a record-breaking year for tourism.

  • Looking Back - July 1, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, July 1 — The annual All Star baseball game of the North Rio Grande baseball league will be played here July 4 on the Highlands University field. Playing for the Las Vegas Merchants will be Ken Ludi, who has a poor day when he doesn’t get at least two hits in four at bats; Tom Villarreal, the shifty shortstop, who can also get wood on the ball; Ray Serna, pitcher, also a hitter; Frank Marquez, catcher; Johnny Crespin and Joe Gallegos. Leo Segura, whose sore leg prevents him from playing this weekend, will be manager for the team.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 1, 2015

    Fourth of July Fiestas begin Friday
    2015 Fourth of July Fiestas take place from Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5 at Plaza Park. The event begins with a Fiesta Mass and the coronation of the fiesta queen. For more information, call 1-800-832-5947 or visit lasvegasnewmexicofiestas.wordpress.com

  • Weather - July 1, 2015

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain at night. Low around 57. North wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.


  • Banks, offices closings for Fourth of July holiday

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

  • Breaking: Highlands regents select Sam Minner as president

    New Mexico Highlands University regents selected Sam Minner as the school's next president during a special meeting on Monday morning. The vote was unanimous.

    Minner was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Radford University in Radford, Va.He takes over as Highlands president on Wednesday.

    Minner was one of six finalists regents considered.

    For more on this story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic.

  • Details emerge in shooting

    Las Vegas police have secured an arrest warrant for a 29-year-old Las Vegas man wanted in connection with a shooting that left another man wounded last Tuesday.

    Thomas A Gutierrez, of the 400 block of Tecolote Street, has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, and possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, a fourth-degree felony.

    It was unclear Sunday whether Gutierrez had been apprehended yet.

  • Day Camp
  • Boy Scout dies in flash flood

    The Associated Press

    CIMARRON — New Mexico State Police say a Boy Scout on a camping trip with his troop has died after he and three other teens were swept away in a flash flood.

    Sgt. Chad Pierce says eight Boy Scouts, three adult crew leaders and a scout ranger were on a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch on Saturday when the flooding hit.

    Pierce says at about 4:30 a.m., floodwaters came through the canyon where they were camping and swept away four boys, all between ages 14 and 17.

    Ranch employees rescued three.