Local News

  • Weather - March 5, 2017


    HIGH 65° / LOW 37°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Windy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon.
    6:25 a.m. to 6 p.m.


    HIGH 57° / LOW 26°
    Sunny, with a high near 57. Windy. Monday night — mostly clear, with a low around 26. Breezy.
    6:24 a.m. to 6:01 p.m.


  • Nigerian scholar to speak at women’s day event

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Nigerian sociology scholar Chine Onuegbu will talk on Wednesday about the Nigerian girls from Chibok who were kidnapped in 2014 by the extremist group Boko Haram.

    Onuegbu, a Bartos Institute Fellow at the United World College – USA, will deliver the keynote address at Highlands University’s International Women’s Day Celebration. Her research focuses on social justice, information literacy, conflict studies, and environmental sustainability.

  • AVRH copes with resource issues

    Roughly a year ago, Alta Vista Regional Hospital closed its obstetrics program, citing market conditions including trouble recruiting and retaining physicians.

    The closure doesn’t seem like it will be reversed anytime soon despite concentrated efforts to recruit physicians and nurses.

  • Battling it out - Students ready for high altitude balloon launch

    Editor’s Note: Esperanza Kennedy, a tenth grade student at West Las Vegas High School, wrote this article. Mikah Paiz, a sophomore at West Las Vegas High School, is the lead photographer for this project.

    By Esperanza Kennedy
    For the Optic

    MESA students at West Las Vegas High School are facing a big challenge on Saturday. The students have been working to prepare for a high-altitude balloon launch since mid-February during their MESA class led by teacher Christina Lovato and former West Las Vegas board member Robert Witters.

  • Senate OKs wage hike

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Democrat-led push to raise New Mexico’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 cleared the state Senate on Wednesday, with limited resistance from Republican lawmakers.

    The Senate-approved bill would raise the pay floor from $7.50 an hour to $9. In a compromise between labor and business interests, the proposal includes an $8 hourly training wage for the first two months of employment and leave out any future adjustments for inflation.

  • State police begin blitz

    New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of March.

    “We are bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol-related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising,” said Chad Pierce, NMSP spokesman. “These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.”

  • Funds missing at Northern

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State auditors have confirmed the theft of an estimated $200,000 in funds at Northern New Mexico College in Española.

    Auditors began looking into the matter after financial discrepancies were found.

    They say a high-level employee in the business office has resigned in connection to the missing money.

    Along with stolen cash, checks were not deposited that deprived the college of additional funds.

  • Jail Log - March 3, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 14  and Feb. 28:
    Brant Roybal, 36, bench warrant: failure to appear, Las Vegas Municipal Court
    John Duran, 40, disorderly conduct, concealing identity, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    David Borjas, 42, probation violation: positive urinalysis, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Adult Probation Office
    Santiago Rivera, 21, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Weather - March 3, 2017


    HIGH 59° / LOW 29°
    Sunny, with a high near 59. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday night —
    Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
    6:28 a.m. to 5:58 p.m.


    HIGH 64° / LOW 34°
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Saturday night —mostly clear, with a low around 34.
    6:26 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.


  • Lawmakers counter Trump

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Several countermeasures against directives from President Donald Trump are making their way through New Mexico’s Democratic-controlled Legislature.

    Lawmakers in the House are preparing for a vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to prohibit state cooperation with federal efforts to extend a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Other pending bills seek to ensure the New Mexico National Guard and state and local law enforcement steer clear of enforcing federal immigration law.