Local News

  • Bring on the enchiladas

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 18th Annual Enchilada Dinner to support nonprofit projects in the community will take place on Thursday in the Flamingo Room of the Hillcrest Restaurant. Hours of service are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m.   

    The total of donations to nonprofit organizations thus far from the Enchilada Dinner is more than $140,000, nearly $5,000 coming from last year’s dinner alone.

  • Republicans reeling after Trump's vulgar comments revealed

    By Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — In a videotaped midnight apology, Donald Trump declared "I was wrong and I apologize" after being caught on tape making shockingly vulgar and sexually charged comments. Yet he also defiantly dismissed the revelations as "nothing more than a distraction" from a decade ago and signaled he would close his presidential campaign by arguing rival Hillary Clinton has committed greater sins against women.

  • ‘A sense of hope’ - City voices support for AWC

    Vick Evans caught herself in a bad situation one morning in early September while walking to her job at Highlands University. A large brown dog had knocked her down at Washington and Eighth, causing her head to bounce off a concrete sidewalk.  

    She suffered a concussion and was forced to seek medical attention. She ended up missing several days of work and is only now starting to feel better.

    Evans said her family called local police to report the loose dog and the injury that the animal caused. But despite their calls, the dog remained on the loose.

  • Divided America: Gender equality in 2016? It’s complicated

    Editor’s note: This is part of Divided America, AP’s ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.

    By David Crary
    AP National Writer

    For weeks after the vote, the abuse kept coming: Venomous, sexist phone calls and emails, venting rage at the five women on Seattle’s City Council who outvoted four men to derail a sports arena project.

    “Disgraceful hag” was one of the milder messages. “Go home and climb in the oven,” one councilor was told.

  • Religious leaders criticize GOP for death penalty decision

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Religious leaders in New Mexico are slamming the governor and House Republicans for voting to reinstate the death penalty during an all-night special session, leaving little opportunity for a debate.

    While the efforts were made futile after the Senate refused to consider the bill, the condemnation is indicative of the conflict the issue is sure to draw when the Legislation reconvenes in January, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

  • Trial set for mom, others charged in girl’s death

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Three suspects charged in the horrific killing and rape of a 10-year-old New Mexico girl will stand trial next October, a judge in the case ruled Friday.

    Fabian Gonzales, Jessica Kelley and the victim’s mother, Michelle Martens, will begin their cases Oct. 2, 2017, in the death of Victoria Martens, unless they later decide to have separate trials, Albuquerque District Court Judge Charles Brown said.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 9, 2016

    The Associated Press
    20 overdose deaths this year
    SANTA FE — State authorities say they’re investigating 20 drug overdose deaths in New Mexico this year that were likely caused by illicitly manufactured fentanyl.

    The New Mexico Department of Health and the state Office of the Medical Investigator say that of the 20 deaths, 11 also had methamphetamine present in toxicology results.

    The overdose victims ranged in age from 17 to 63 and 85 percent were male.

  • Looking for a home
  • Looking Back - Oct. 9, 2016

    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1966 — Five members of the City police force are featured in an Optic series called “Know Your Officers.” They include Mrs. Rosie Montoya, employed by the city police department as secretary; Lt. Pat Tapia, formerly employed by the San Miguel Sheriff’s Department; Patrolman Toribio Encinias, who joined the force in 1965; and Paul Mares, formerly chief of the West Las Vegas Police Department.

  • Weather - Oct. 9, 2016


    HIGH 67° / LOW 46°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
    7:03 a.m. to 6:33 p.m.


    HIGH 74° / LOW 47°
    Sunny, with a high near 74. Monday night —
    mostly clear, with a low around 47.
    7:03 a.m. to 6:31 p.m.