Local News

  • One man killed in plane crash near Trementina

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Sunday, New Mexico State Police, in conjunction with Search and Rescue, located a downed aircraft north of State Road 104, near Trementina, in eastern San Miguel County. An elderly man was found deceased inside.

  • Weather - Aug. 16, 2017


    HIGH 83°/ LOW 52°
    Sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
    Wednesday Night  — partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

    6:20 a.m. to 7:50 p.m.


    HIGH 82° / LOW 53°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

  • Initiative launched to help with degrees in science

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands launched a new mathematics initiative aimed at preparing more students to succeed in science and math disciplines, thanks to a $2.9 million U.S. Department of Education grant.

    When fall semester begins Aug. 16, Highlands University students will benefit from a host of new mathematics services like a 25-computer math lab funded through the five-year-grant.

  • Shear dedication

    By Gwen Albers
    Special to the Optic

    As the Mora/San Miguel County Fair got under way this week, some young enthusiasts are in their first few years handling and showing sheep and other animals.

    As a former vocational-agricultural teacher in Pojoaque Valley Public Schools near Santa Fe, Pat Melendrez learned to shear sheep in order to teach his students the craft.

  • LCC trustees to discuss presidential search committee

    Luna Community College board of trustees is expected to name committee members for the presidential search committee on Tuesday. During a board meeting last Tuesday, board chairman Dan Romero said that each of the seven trustees would recommend an individual from their district to serve on the committee.

    Tuesday’s board meeting starts at 10 a.m. on Aug. 15 at the LCC Student Success Center Board Room.

  • PRC: Mora ambulance to be monitored more closely

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission recently voted to impose new restrictions on Mora County’s ambulance operations, but anyone who’s been following the county’s struggles in this area knows rules, directives and fines don’t create resources.

  • Severe summer weather
  • Zinke supports opening access to Sabinoso Wilderness site

    Las Vegas Optic reports
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday that federal land managers will be working to finalize a process for considering whether to accept a donation of land that will allow public access to a landlocked parcel of federally protected wilderness in northern New Mexico, according to the Associated Press.

    Zinke’s announcement comes nearly two weeks after he toured the area with members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation and local officials.

  • Trump to McConnell: deliver, or step aside

    By Julie Bykowicz and Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump escalated a stunning feud against his top Senate partner Thursday, suggesting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might have to think about stepping aside if he doesn’t deliver on the president’s agenda of health care, taxes and infrastructure.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Aug 13, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Navajo Nation upgrading alerts
    GALLUP — A Navajo Nation official says the tribe is still in the process of buying software for an Amber Alert system for the reservation months after a purchase was under way in the wake of controversy following the killing of a girl.

    Public Safety Division Director Jesse Delmar told the Gallup Independent on Wednesday that the tribe is considering different software vendors that they will interview.