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  • Oil companies’ revenue, contributions pour in

    By Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Oil and gas industry revenues pay a huge share of the money that goes into the state budget. And lobbyists for big oil companies pay a huge amount of campaign contributions to New Mexico politicians.

    An analysis of lobbyist expense reports filed in recent days with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office shows oil companies dominate the list of the largest donors to campaigns and political committees since last October.

  • Five killed in Raton-area copter crash

    The Associated Press

    RATON  — A group of prominent friends, including a key Zimbabwean opposition leader and a Texas-based investor and philanthropist, was heading to a ranch in the U.S. state of New Mexico when their helicopter crashed and burned in a remote area, killing five people aboard.

  • ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness’

    Gwen Albers/Optic photos

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that."

    Monday, United World College students completed some community service work in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King and the day his courageous words and actions represent.

    More than 200 UWC students participated in 17 projects on and off campus.

    Their tasks included work at the Samaritan House, Rio Mora Wildlife Refuge, El Valley Women’s Coop, and arroyo preservation and erosion control in Ribera.

  • Murder defendant back in jail

    After a judge to let her out on a bond in October, a defendant in a first-degree murder case is back in the San Miguel County Detention Center after violating the terms of her release.

  • Council approves refugee resolution

    After an off-and-on discussion that began more than six months ago, the Las Vegas City Council approved a resolution at Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting in support of the state's cities that can support refugees.

    By a unanimous 4-0 vote, the Council passed Resolution 18-04 by voting in favor of a consent agenda. A copy of the lengthy resolution, which calls for the city to symbolically support New Mexico cities that are better equipped to house refugees.

  • First major storm

    After one of the most delayed starts to winter in recent memory, the season came crashing through Las Vegas’ door Monday evening and into Tuesday morning.

    Freezing rain, rapidly dropping temperatures and snow Monday evening led to several wrecks along area highways, which included at least two fatalities, as well as a delay Tuesday morning for most area schools and government offices.

  • Nursing compact deadline Friday

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The Optic has contracted with the Santa Fe New Mexican to use their coverage of the 2018 State Legislature’s general session. Look for stories like these throughout this year’s 30-day session.

  • 2018 State Legislature: Senate elects majority whip

    By Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican

  • 'LCC Matters'

    Luna Community College students Iliana Garcia, Jovanna Gastelum, Savannah Ruiz, Chavela Colio and Dontae Robertson sport Luna Community College t-shirts with the hashtag #LCCmatters during a recent gathering.

    The idea behind the #LCCmatters campaign is to reinforce and strengthen all stakeholders’ belief the college is important to the community.

  • ONLINE UPDATE: Area schools to have delays Tuesday

    Several area K-12 school districts and colleges announced Monday night that operations would be delayed Tuesday morning due to icy conditions.

    Las Vegas City Schools, West Las Vegas Schools, Pecos, Wagon Mound and Mora Schools and Mora County offices will be starting two hours late Tuesday.