Local News

  • New Mexico lawmaker: governor’s appointments can wait

    By  Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The president of the New Mexico Senate said Monday there will be no confirmation hearings for appointments by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez during a special legislative session.

    Senate President Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces said the Democratic-led Legislature will be focused on restoring vetoed funding for state colleges and universities and will not vet executive appointments when lawmakers convene on Wednesday.

  • United World College commencement
  • WLVHS graduation
  • In Brief - News - May 24, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Bomber died in U.K. attack
    MANCHESTER, England (AP) —  Manchester police say the man who set off an improvised explosive device at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England died in the attack.

    Police said Tuesday 22 people died in the attack Monday night. It wasn’t clear if that included the suspected suicide bomber. Dozens more were injured.

    Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said forensic investigations are continuing as police try to determine if the attacker had accomplices.

  • County offices closed Monday

    In observance of Memorial Day, San Miguel County offices will be closed Monday, May 29. The offices will be open normal business hours Tuesday, May 30.

  • City/County symposium
  • Weather - May 24, 2017


    HIGH 82° / LOW 52°
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night — clear, with a low around 52.
    5:50 a.m. to 8:06 p.m.


    HIGH 83° / LOW 49°
    Sunny, with a high near 86. Windy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
    5:49 a.m. to 8:07 p.m.

  • Budget to be a tough fit for city

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    While City of Las Vegas administrators and the city council have overseen some tough moves to keep the budget balanced, it looks as if Fiscal 2018 will be an even bigger financial challenge for the city.

    City Manager Richard Trujillo emphasized at last week’s regular council meeting that there are no plans for furloughs or layoffs, the city faces a tough budget crunch, even if the upcoming special state legislative session doesn’t lead to new cuts.

  • New editor takes helm

    As the eyes of the nation turned toward Iowa and its outsized role in the 2016 presidential campaign, Jason W. Brooks found himself interviewing the likes of Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio, and covering a rally by the candidate who eventually emerged from it all — Donald Trump.

    Brooks, whose life and journalism career have taken him across the country, from his native Washington, D.C., to southern California to New Mexico and the Midwest, is the new editor of the Las Vegas Optic. He officially started work this past Monday.

  • Helping save a species - Research project on boreal toads aims to preserve ecosystems

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is donating endangered boreal toads raised from eggs in a biology laboratory at the university to zoos in the U.S. for conservation efforts and education.

    Boreal toads are extinct in New Mexico. The Detroit Zoo National Amphibian Center, Denver Zoo, and Staten Island Zoo are accepting the live toads as part of a nationwide effort to preserve the species.