Local News

  • Conway: Trump not interested in further Clinton probe

    By Laurie Kellman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump “doesn’t wish to pursue” more investigations into Hillary Clinton’s email practices, a top adviser said Tuesday, strongly signaling to congressional Republicans they should abandon years of probes into the Clintons after a bitter campaign in which he repeatedly branded his Democratic rival as crooked.

  • Spaceport director ready for next phase

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The new chief executive of New Mexico’s quarter-billion-dollar spaceport is urging patience as the commercial space industry develops the technology needed for reusable rockets, spaceships and other transport systems that will one day launch paying passengers and cargo into orbit.

    Daniel Hicks has had a week now to settle into his new job at Spaceport America, headquartered in a desolate area in southern New Mexico.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 23, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Panel: Warrants should be secured
    SANTA FE — A state legislative committee has approved a proposal to require law enforcement officers to get search warrants before delving into private electronic communications.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the committee’s bipartisan sponsors plan to introduce the bill in the 60-day session that begins in January.

    It would be the first time the New Mexico Legislature would tackle the issue.

  • Weather - Nov. 23, 2016


    HIGH 55° / LOW 28°
    Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
    6:45 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.


    HIGH 54° / LOW 22°
    Sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
    6:46 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Nov. 23, 2016

    Monday, Nov. 21, 1966 — The Rev. Msgr. George V. Rieffer installed the newly elected officers of the I.C. Ladies Altar Society during a Society meeting at the home of Mrs. William Houston. Officers installed were Mrs. Joe S. Torres, re-elected president; Mrs. Steve Franken, vice president; Mrs. Robert Johnsen, secretary; and Mercedes Gutierrez, secretary.

  • Welcome station added to Small Business Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Small Business Development Center at Luna Community College and the Las Vegas San Miguel Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to host a Small Business Saturday welcome center on Nov. 26.  Small Business Saturday is anchored between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The SBDC and Chamber of Commerce are encouraging locals to Shop Small on this day to support our local businesses.

  • Council OKs union contracts

    The City Council signed off last week on contracts with two city unions that will provide the members of those unions with pay raises of 35 cents an hour.

    That amounts to annual pay hikes of $728 for full-time city employees who are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2851 and those belonging to the International Association of Firefighters Local 4625.

  • Pulling Together - CYFD, Eagles to help feed the needy

    Four years ago, members of the local Eagles organization saw a need to help others in the community. Since then they have partnered with the local Children, Youth and Families Department to provide 25 full meals to the department’s families. This year’s meal donation from the Eagles is a prime example of CYFD’s new initiative, Pull Together, an effort designed to help others in need.

    “The partnership of the Eagles and our CYFD office is a great example of Pull Together,” Henry Varela, spokesman for CYFD, said.

  • Arrest made in Bridge St. mugging

    Las Vegas police have arrested a suspect in the Tuesday mugging of an 86-year-old Las Vegas woman.

    Mario Montaño, who is 32 or 33, and resides on the 900 block of Union, was arrested on the Plaza on Friday, said Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño.

    Chief Montaño said a Las Vegas police sergeant was able to identify him from a video of the mugging.

    “He did admit to doing that,” the chief said. “He’s currently at the county detention facility.”

  • Choir to perform holiday favorites

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Concert Choir presents a Christmas Favorites concert at 3 p.m. today (Sunday) at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Some of the selections include traditional arrangements of Silver Bells, Sleigh Ride, Silent Night, and Oh Holy Night.