Local News

  • In Brief - News - April 6, 2016

    The Associated Press

  • NMSU not hiking tuition

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State University’s Board of Regents has decided not to increase tuition for the 2016-17 academic year.

    Monday’s vote means the university will need to cut its budget by approximately $10.7 million for the next year.

    During a town hall meeting last month, university leaders outlined how NMSU was facing a challenging financial situation stemming from several factors.

  • Looking Back - April 6, 2016

    In 1966

    Monday, April 11, 1966 — The first forest fire of the year in New Mexico filled the upper reaches of Gallinas Canyon with smoke Sunday afternoon as it consumed about 200 acres of pine, piñon and spruce before being confined by the firefighters. The fire started at a public campground about a half mile from the Forest Service ranger station in the Santa Fe National Forest, about 14 miles west of Las Vegas. District Ranger Earl Blann said that the fire was definitely man made.

  • Weather - April 6, 2016


    HIGH 69° / LOW 37°
    Sunny, with a high near 69. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
    6:40 a.m. to 7:27 p.m.


    HIGH 72° / LOW 41°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
    6:38 a.m. to 7:28 p.m.


    HIGH 61° / LOW 40°
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61.
    6:37 a.m. to 7:29 p.m.

  • BREAKING; Kelt Cooper hired as LVCS superintendent

    Kelt Cooper has been named the next superintendent of Las Vegas City Schools. The board approved a two-year contract with Cooper by unanimous decision on Saturday afternoon.

    See Wednesday’s Optic for comprehensive coverage of Cooper’s hiring.

  • ‘My daughter would still be alive’

    “It’s a boy!” Those were among the last words those closest to 26-year-old Desiree Castillo heard her say. 

    Castillo and her husband, Carlos, were excited after learning that the baby they were expecting was a boy. They had been in Santa Fe for a pregnancy checkup. Desiree had been receiving prenatal care in Las Vegas until Alta Vista Regional Hospital closed its OB unit.

    What started off as a happy day turned tragic.

  • Shots fired outside Eagles bar

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 24-year-old Wagon Mound man ended up behind bars last week for allegedly firing multiple shots outside of the Eagles lodge after he was thrown out of the bar for quarreling with another patron.

  • Free dental work available this week

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    If you’ve been putting off dental work because you just can’t afford it you might want to clear your schedule on Friday and Saturday.

    Dentists from throughout the state will be in Santa Fe on those days volunteering their time to provide free basic dental care to adults and children who need it. Among the services that will be provided are fillings, extractions, temporary partials, limited root canals and cleanings.

  • In Brief - News - April 3, 2016

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    Info sought in poaching case

    RATON – Department of Game and Fish conservation officers are seeking information regarding a suspected illegal killing of a buck pronghorn antelope sometime Wednesday, March 30, between Raton and Clayton.

  • Sen. seeks opinion on testing

    The Associated Press

    A state senator from southwest New Mexico wants Attorney General Hector Balderas to weigh in on whether parents can legally opt out their children from taking an upcoming standardized test.

    Democrat Howie Morales of Silver City says parents have a fundamental right to direct the education of their children and that includes whether they take assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

    Morales sent a letter to Balderas on Thursday, asking for a formal opinion.