Local News

  • Women Power - La Placita female firefighters outnumber men

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    The women in the La Placita Volunteer Fire Department outnumber the men and blow away the national statistics when it comes the number of female firefighters.

    Located in San Miguel County’s remote Gallinas Canyon, the department has six female firefighters and five male firefighters. In addition, there are three women who volunteer as support staff providing food, water and assistance during emergencies.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 11, 2016

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

  • Governor, lawmakers no closer to special session

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and Democratic state lawmakers exchanged more blame Thursday for inaction as New Mexico grapples with a growing budget deficit.

    Martinez promised earlier this summer to call a special legislative session so lawmakers could address a nearly quarter-billion-dollar shortfall from the last fiscal year and an estimated $458 million hole for the fiscal year that started in July.

  • Trial to begin in Boyd shooting

    The Associated Press

    Two Albuquerque police officers whose shooting death of a homeless man during a hillside standoff led to protests and national outcry will stand trial for murder this month, with jury selection in the case set to begin Monday.

    Police video of the shooting of James Boyd in 2014 set the stage for demonstrations and marches that paralyzed parts of New Mexico’s largest city, where tensions over a high rate of officer-involved shootings had been building for years.

  • Weather - Sept. 11, 2016


    HIGH 79° / LOW 55°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 55.
    6:41 a.m. to 7:13 p.m.


    HIGH 77° / LOW 51°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77.
    6:42 a.m. to 7:11 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 11, 2016

    Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1966 —  The West Las Vegas Dons defeated the Hawks of Laguna-Acoma by a score of 43-20 behind the passing and running of Frank Montenegro Friday night. Montenegro passed for 115 yards and scored three times on runs of eight, 10 and 15 yards. He also passed for a touchdown to Salomon Esquibel on a 30-yard scoring toss. Esquibel scored two other touchdowns on runs of 50 and 25 yards. Carlos Montoya scored the other touchdown for the Dons.

  • Remember 9/11
  • Luna hires president’s son

    Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees signed off Wednesday on the hiring of the son of President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez as the full-time assistant women’s softball coach.

    Roy Sanchez will be paid $33,566 a year, according to Human Resources Director Leticia Archuleta.

    The decision to hire the president’s son comes as the college is facing increased scrutiny from the state Higher Education Department which disclosed last month that it has launched a special audit after receiving complaints about improprieties at Luna.

  • Suicide Prevention - Suicide afflicts the young

    Suicide is something that is not talked about freely despite being the second leading cause of death for 15- to 34-year-olds.

    Suicide is the fifth-leading cause of death for New Mexicans. Knowing the statistics, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is trying to send a strong message of hope.

    On Tuesday, Erica Davis-Grump of Balderas’ office held a suicide awareness prevention program at Highlands University. The presentation was held during the first week of nationally recognized suicide prevention month.

  • Missing woman found dead

    Lorenzo Flores suspected from the beginning that something was horribly wrong.

    The last time he spoke to his daughter, Veneranda “Nanda” Flores was on Dec. 17, 2014. She called him from Albuquerque to wish him a happy birthday. And while she told him she wouldn’t be coming home for Christmas, she promised to call him on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. But that call never came, and Flores said that just wasn’t like his daughter.