Local News

  • Court upholds conviction

    The Associated Press

    CLOVIS — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Clovis man, who was sentenced to life in prison for the 2007 killing of his mother’s boyfriend.

    State Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Albert Jose Ramirez will remain in prison after the court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division by affirming the murder conviction.

  • Weather - Dec. 4, 2016


    HIGH 45° / LOW 22°
    Sunny, with a high near 45. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
    6:55 a.m. to 4:47 p.m.


    HIGH 49° / LOW 24°
    Sunny, with a high near 49. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 24.
    6:56 a.m. to 4:47 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Dec. 4, 2016

    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1966 — Members of West and East Las Vegas police departments get together to help make a better Christmas for the many poor families in the community. The police will receive canned goods and other gifts for the poor at the station houses, and will deliver the gifts at Christmas. These participating in this event are Ray Stegmaier, Joe Lujan, Vicente Armijo, Frances Trujillo, Chief J.F. Duran, Ken Kimbrel.

  • Special visit with Santa
  • Highlands students’ work to be displayed in show

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University media arts students will showcase their work at a winter show starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

    The show is the premiere exhibit in the Media Arts and Technology Department’s new state-of-the-art facility in the Trolley Building at 1183 San Francisco Ave. Tours will be given of the restored historic landmark during the show.

  • East, Pecos districts improve grades

    By Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    Only six of 89 school districts in New Mexico earned an A on performance evaluations by the state, but more districts saw improving grades than declining ones, according to a report released Tuesday by the Public Education Department.
    Most grades issued by the state to school districts have remained the same over the past two school years, the report states.

    Las Vegas City Schools and Pecos Independent Schools saw their district grades increase one letter to C. The previous year both districts received D grades.

  • Aiming for a title

    It’s been almost one full year since the Robertson Cardinals lost a football game.

    That 12-game winning streak, which has brought them a No. 1 ranking and plenty of notoriety across New Mexico, will be on the line Saturday when the team visits Portales for the Class 4A state championship.

    Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. at the new Greyhound Stadium.

    “We kind of downplay our record,” said RHS head coach Leroy Gonzalez. “As bad as it sounds, if we don’t win this thing (Saturday), it’s all for naught.”

  • Bilingual teachers to be recognized at light parade

    By Lee Einer
    City of Las Vegas

    Representatives of the bilingual/ immersion program will be Grand Marshals of the City’s Electric Light Parade.

  • State struggles with shrinking revenue

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico government revenue streams declined by more than 9 percent during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, state fiscal analysts announced Tuesday.

    The Legislative Finance Committee released figures Tuesday that show general fund revenues fell to $1.3 billion for the three-month period ending in September — down 9.4 percent compared with the same period last year. Revenues for the month of September were down nearly 12 percent from a year ago.

  • Suspect in road-rage shooting convicted of murder

    By Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The suspect charged in a shooting that killed a 4-year-old Albuquerque girl during what police say was a road-rage fight was sentenced to 16 years in prison on a murder charge Thursday before a packed courtroom filled with the tearful family members of the young victim.