Local News

  • Water rights deal pits villagers against oilman

    The Associated Press

    PECOS — A battle is brewing between residents of a northern New Mexico village and a Texas oil and gas executive who owns a ranch along the Pecos River.

    At issue is a pending water rights transfer that some Pecos residents believe will affect a centuries-old acequia that diverts water for agricultural use.

    Once the water is severed from the land, the “option in the future to farm these properties is gone,” villager and gas station owner Pancho Adelo told the Santa Fe New Mexican.

  • Driver killed in I-25 crash

    The Associated Press

    State police are investigating a motor vehicle fatality that occurred Thanksgiving Day in San Miguel County.
    Police report that the single-vehicle accident occurred around 8 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 25 near mile marker 356, north of Las Vegas.

    The victim was identified as Cansu Bayram, 28, of Estes Park, Colo.

    The initial investigation indicated a vehicle traveling northbound left the highway and entered the median where it overturned. The driver was pronounced dead

  • Keller calls for new audit

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s state auditor is calling for a new audit into whether health-insurance companies have been underpaying the premium taxes they owe.

    State Auditor Tim Keller said on Monday that a new independent accounting firm should be hired under the supervision of his office and that the superintendent of insurance should be removed from any potential settlement negotiations with the companies.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 30, 2016

    Tuesday, Nov. 29, 1966 — Twelve Las Vegas City School musicians have been selected to participate in All-State activities in Albuquerque in January, according to Elmer Henry of the music faculty. They are Harriet Littleton, RHS; Ellen Gerdeman, Richard O’Connell and Becky Montoya, Junior High; and Robert Lucero, Caroline Valerio, Sharon Hedquist, Beverly Marvin, Janet Shaw, Jane Givens, Carol Thrasher and Linda Rice.                 

  • Weather - Nov. 30, 2016


    HIGH 40° / LOW 16°
    Sunny, with a high near 40. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night — Mostly clear, with a low  around 16. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
    6:51 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


    HIGH 43° / LOW 17°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. West wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Thursday night — partly cloudy.
    6:52 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


  • HU concerts Friday, Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents two concerts featuring original music and the Christmas classic, Navidad Nuestra.

    The Original Music Concert is at 7 p.m. Friday in the Student Union Building Ballroom.

    The Madrigal Choir performs Navidad Nuestra, a folk music rendition of the Nativity scene by Argentine composer Ariel Ramírez, along with other selections at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The concert is in Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • The fight of his life - Pecos teen wants others to learn from his ordeal with testicular cancer

    Growing up, Mark Archuleta Jr. could be found on the basketball court or on a baseball field competing.

    And while he has faced tough battles on the court and the field, none of those compared to the foe that came knocking at his door in late July. That’s when Mark found out he had testicular cancer.

    Getting that diagnosis, weeks before Mark was set to begin his senior year at Pecos High School, set the Archuleta family in a new direction. Suddenly, the focus was no longer on his senior year, but on fighting this battle against cancer.

  • 10-year hunting ban for poacher

    Submitted to the Optic

    An investigation that spanned more than two years and led to the filing of 26 poaching charges has resulted in a decade-long revocation, just the second time this has occurred in New Mexico’s history.

  • HU students land jobs with Forest Service

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The U.S. Forest Service hired three Highlands University forestry majors on the spot at the Society of American Foresters National Convention.

    Fifteen Highlands University forestry students participated in the convention Nov. 2-5 in Madison, Wisc.

  • Court blocks plan to extend overtime pay

    By Michelle Rindels
    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — In a blow to the Obama administration’s labor-law plans, a federal court has blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season.