Local News

  • Weather - Aug. 24, 2016


    HIGH 78° / LOW 48°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
    6:27 a.m. to 7:38 p.m.


    HIGH 72° / LOW 50°
    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
    6:28 a.m. to 7:37 p.m.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 24, 2016

    In 1966
    Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1966 — Mayor Ben Lingnau hastened the decision of the city council Monday night to place sufficient warning and school crossing signs at the north and south ends of Grand Avenue. Although the State Highway Commission indicated that the school crossing signs were adequate, it also explained that the commission was open for suggestions. “Like the commission said, they are open for suggestions,” said Bill Elias, councilman, “but we don’t have time to wait fo

  • Rodeo time in Pecos
  • Area students still struggling

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    New Mexico student test scores are up across the state, but less than a third of students remain proficient or better in reading and math, according to results released Thursday.

  • Living Legend - Apodaca to be featured on TV program

    She may be a few years short of a century, but Antonia Apodaca continues to shine through her music.

    Apodaca, 93, will soon hit the television airwaves for a celebration of New Mexico Hispanic Folk Art. The Rociada native and Las Vegas resident, Apodaca, will be one of the artists featured in KNME’s presentation of Nuestra Música show airing from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on channel 5.

  • East gets new activity bus

    Students of the Las Vegas City Schools district will grab their backpacks and head back to school Monday. Welcoming them to this upcoming school year is a brand new activity bus, which was unveiled during a board meeting Thursday evening.

    Superintendent Kelt Cooper said the bus was recently brought to the district and has been a long time coming.

    Board Member Gloria Lovato Pacheco said the bus was purchased with capital outlay funds earmarked for the district.

  • Breaking ground
  • Gov seeks to reinstate death penalty

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday plans to attempt to reinstate the death penalty in response to recent events including the killing of a police officer.

    New Mexico repealed the death penalty in 2009 before Martinez took office by replacing provisions for lethal injection with a sentence of life in prison without parole.

    Martinez indicated she will back legislation for capital punishment during the upcoming state legislative session in January.

  • Judge appoints special master for food program

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    A federal judge has agreed to the appointment of a court-appointed “special master” to help ensure federally funded benefits are administered properly by the New Mexico Human Services Department, amid internal investigations by state and federal agencies into allegations that food aid applications were falsified.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 21, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Judge orders release of settlement records
    SANTA FE — A New Mexico district court judge has ordered Corizon Health to release settlement agreements it made with inmates who have filed lawsuits against the company.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that on Tuesday the judge sided with two newspapers and an advocacy group that the for-profit provider of inmate medical services was not protected by confidentially agreements made with the prisoners who had sued.