Local News

  • AG targets sexual violence on campus

    According to statistics reported by the 2015 CNN Films documentary “The Hunting Ground,” if you are a woman attending college, there’s a nearly one-in-five chance you’ll be sexually assaulted at some time during your studies.

  • Jail Log - April 9, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 3 and April 5:
    Laurence Gonzales, 54, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended or revoked license, no insurance, no registration, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Gary Romero, 43, bench warrant: 22-day commitment, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Patrick Chavez, 38, probation violation: admitted to using meth, Adult Probation Office, Guadalupe County

  • U.S. fires missiles at Syria

    The Associated Press

    BEIRUT — World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week’s chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as “aggression” and suspended crucial coordination with Washington in Syria’s congested skies.

  • In Brief - News - April 9, 2017

    Optic staff and wire reports
    NMHU frosh dies in crash
    The New Mexico Highlands University community is mourning the death of Danielle Cordova after Cordova reportedly perished in a traffic accident on her way back to Las Vegas this past week.

    Cordova, 19, was a freshman from Bernalillo. She played as a catcher on the Highlands softball team.

  • Weather - April 9, 2017


    HIGH 64° / LOW 29°
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Sunday night—
    Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Breezy.
    6:36 a.m. to 7:29 p.m.


    HIGH 63° / LOW 34°
    Sunny, with a high near 63. Monday night —mostly clear, with a low around 34.
    6:3 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


  • Mariachi extravaganza

    Mariachi music filled Mike Marr Gym during a concert last month as part of the Eighth Annual Youth Mariachi Conference.

    The conference, hosted by Las Vegas City Schools and the City of Las Vegas, brought more than 200 students together to learn new songs and techniques from professional group Mariachi Tradicional from Albuquerque. The group instructed beginner to advanced students.

    The concert was the grand closing of the annual conference as it brought all the students together for several songs.

  • Down to the wire

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez isn’t backing down from threats not to sign measures that would increase taxes in New Mexico as Friday’s deadline nears for her to take action on a host of bills passed during the recent legislative session.

    Her office on Tuesday reiterated that tax hikes are off the table.

    The political standoff between the two-term Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature leaves uncertainty about the $6.1 million budget approved during the session that ended March 18.

  • RHS group wins state in FFA contest

    A heroes’ welcome awaited members of the Robertson High chapter of Future Farmers of America as they returned to town this past Saturday evening.

    The group earned a first place finish in the Wildlife category of the state FFA competition in Las Cruces. It is believed to be a first for the school.

  • Mission: Medical school - Commitment to care

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two Highlands graduates will follow their dreams at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences medical programs in Mesa, Ariz.

    Molly Enenbach, B.S. biology 2016, was accepted to the School of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still, and Jivomir Siarov, B.A. pre-professional allied health 2016, was accepted to the doctor of physical therapy program.

  • Man charged with 7th DWI

    A Mora County resident is facing criminal charges for his seventh alleged DWI offense.

    Benjamin D. Trujillo, 63, was arrested on March 1 for allegedly driving while intoxicated, having an open container of alcohol, and speeding 11-15 mph over the posted limit.

    The DWI charge is Trujillo’s seventh, court records show.