Local News

  • NM opioid fight not without campaign donations

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    In a state with one of the highest drug overdose rates in the nation, there has been no shortage of campaign donations in New Mexico by the prescription drug industry and allied advocacy groups.

    An investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found drugmakers that produce opioid painkillers and their allies spent more than $880 million nationally on campaign contributions and lobbying over the past decade.

  • Judiciary asks for more money amid budget crunch

    The Associated Press

    The state’s judicial branch is asking for more funding as New Mexico faces a budget shortfall.

    New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels told a committee of legislators that “we’ve gotten to the point where there is not much more we can do without impairing our ability to deliver justice.”

    Drug and treatment courts may be affected if more funding is not approved, Daniels said.

  • Weather - Sept. 21, 2016


    HIGH 79° / LOW 55°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
    6:48 a.m. to 6:58 p.m.


    HIGH 81° / LOW 55°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
    6:49 a.m. to 6:57 p.m.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 21, 2016

    Friday, Sept. 16, 1966 — Cowboy head coach Jack Scofield has nothing but praise for his team. “In Chuck Cazalas, Carl Garrett, Bennie Cortez and Grady Herold, we have one of the finest small college backfields in the nation. Last season Cazalas set a new season rushing record at Highlands, carrying the ball 164 times for a 988-yard net. Cortez also set a school record last season, his category being scoring. He ran 10 TDs and scored three extra points for 63 points,” Scofield said.

  • Group forms

    Submitted to the Optic

    A group of Las Vegas women have joined the New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women by establishing a new San Miguel County chapter, and electing a leadership board last month. The goal of the organization is to encourage the involvement of women in political processes at the local, state and national levels.

  • Non-profits feeling slighted

    Several nonprofits the city of Las Vegas contracts with to promote economic development and other community projects for the city staged a revolt during last week’s City Council work session.

  • System Failure: The Trujillo connection — Another fraudulent letter discovered

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    The letter to the state Public Education Department’s Professional Licensure Bureau looks legitimate.

    It’s on Luna Community College letterhead, and it spells out Vanessa Sidransky’s seven years of experience as a “full-time adjunct professor.”

  • Opiod makers rebelling

    The Associated Press

    The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction.

  • Cases of crypto investigated

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health are investigating cases of cryptosporidiosis among state residents.

    They say there have been six confirmed cases of “crypto” — a diarrheal disease caused by microscopic parasites — since Aug. 31.

    Each reported consuming raw milk products.

    The affected individuals are from Bernalillo County.

    Epidemiologists, laboratory staff and inspectors are working to confirm the source of the outbreak.

  • Gov details fight for Facebook data center

    The Associated Press

    It won’t be long before the bulldozers start clearing a lonely patch of rangeland in central New Mexico to make way for the newest of the massive data centers located around the globe that keep Facebook humming.

    The social media giant plans to break ground in October, setting in motion what Gov. Susana Martinez and other officials hope to be a cascade of economic development in the high-tech sector.