Local News

  • Archbishop using ‘social gospel’ to fight poverty

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    When Pope Francis appointed a new archbishop of New Mexico’s largest diocese last year, some anti-poverty advocates expressed optimism given his previous work on immigration reform and income inequality while bishop in Salt Lake City.

    Still, uncertainty remained about how John C. Wester would tackle challenges that have long plagued one of the nation’s poorest states.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 27, 2016

    The Associated Press

    4.5 quake hits northeastern NM
    CIMARRON — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude 4.5 earthquake in a remote area just south of the New Mexico-Colorado border.

    There were no reports of damage from the quake, which occurred around 12:30 p.m. Friday. The epicenter was about 17 miles northwest of Cimarron and about 90 miles northeast of Santa Fe.

  • More states may work around Electoral College

    By Susan Haigh
    Associated Press

    HARTFORD, Conn.  — Frustrated after seeing another candidate secure the presidency without winning the national popular vote, mostly Democratic lawmakers in several capitols want their states to join a 10-year-old movement to work around the Electoral College.

  • Weather - Dec. 28, 2016


    HIGH 58° / LOW 22°
    Sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
    7:10 a.m. to 4:56 p.m.


    HIGH 43° / LOW 23°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. South wind around 10 mph.
    Thursday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 23.
    7:10 a.m. to 4:57 p.m.


  • Las Posadas — Pecos National Monument hosts re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s quest for shelter

    Braving frigid temperatures, plenty of people bundled up to experience Las Posadas recently.

    For many years, the Pecos National Historical Park would open its doors to the traditional Christmas event, but for unknown reasons the re-enactment wasn’t held for several years at the monument. But this year, the gates at the monument were opened  once again for the traditional festivity, which represents the journey Mary and Joseph undertook in Bethlehem in search of shelter for Mary to give birth.

  • Police probe 2 unrelated shootings

    Las Vegas police investigating a drive-by shooting ended up in an hourslong standoff with two suspects early Friday morning.

    The drive-by shooting occurred at around midnight Thursday on Tecolote Street, Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño confirmed. He said no one was injured in the shooting.

    State police, meanwhile, are investigation an apparently unrelated shooting that occurred on Dec. 14 in Ribera, about 20 miles south of Las Vegas on Interstate 25. In that case, a man was shot, though authorities aren’t disclosing many details.

  • Hanukkah: Maccabees, menorahs and miracles

    By Diana Presser
    For the Optic

    This weekend, the Judeo-Christian world will celebrate their respective miracles of Divine light: Christians will recall the Star of Bethlehem guiding the Magi to the Baby Jesus, and Jews will commemorate the Festival of Light, or Hanukkah.  

    Both of these events occurred during the Second Temple Period, spanning over 400 years from 516 BCE to 70 CE, when Jerusalem’s Temple stood as the spiritual center of Judaism in the ancient world.  

  • Through Santa’s eyes

    By Carol Ann Conner

  • Fourth behavioral health provider leaving New Mexico

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A fourth Arizona-based provider of substance abuse and mental health services is leaving New Mexico.

    The New Mexican reports that Valle del Sol is one of five Arizona nonprofits that began contracting with the New Mexico Human Services Department in 2013 to provide treatment for low-income New Mexicans.

  • Weather - Dec. 25, 2016


    HIGH 34° / LOW 18°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Windy.
    Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 18. Breezy.
    7:08 a.m. to 4:54 p.m.


    HIGH 43° / LOW 21°
    Sunny, with a high near 43. Monday night — mostly clear, with a low around 21.
    7:09 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.