Local News

  • Fiesta de la Hispanidad - Que viva la FIESTA

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The 23rd Annual New Mexico Highlands University Fiesta de la Hispanidad brings music and dance center stage to Ilfeld Auditorium this Friday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m.

    “Over the past 23 years, the fiesta has become a multigenerational event that feels almost like a family reunion,” said Sara Harris, emcee. “It has earned its place in the community as a beloved and valued celebration of Hispanic culture.”

  • Luna faculty reaches out

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Luna Community College Business Department played host to its   first Business Roundtable discussion on Friday, March 24.    

    The purpose of the event was to share information about LCC’s business degrees and programs and how they impact the community, with the school gaining feedback on how to strengthen the programs to support both business and students.

  • Alta Vista opens cardiovascular care department

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital and Cardiac Care Consultants announce the opening of a new department dedicated to cardiovascular patients.  

    Cardiovascular Outpatient Services was slated to begin seeing patients on Monday, according to a news release from the hospital. The new department will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at 104 Legion Drive in Las Vegas.

  • City retreat
  • In Brief - News - April 5, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Woman killed with ax
    A man accused of shooting and wounding a southern New Mexico sheriff’s deputy during a struggle at a hospital was charged Monday in the ax killing of a woman whose head was nearly severed.

    An arrest warrant and criminal complaint filed in Lincoln County Magistrate Court charged Andrew Poteet Magill, 25, with murder in the killing late Saturday of Mary Ann Moorhouse at a ranch about 10 miles east of the city of Ruidoso Downs.

  • Raising money for scholarships
  • Art show preparations
  • Weather - April 5, 2017


    HIGH 56° / LOW 30°
    Sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Wednesday night — mostly clear, with a low around 30.
    6:41 a.m. to 7:26 p.m.


    HIGH 64° / LOW 35°
    Sunny, with a high near 64. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
    Thursday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
    6:40 a.m. to 7:27 p.m.

  • Villanueva man charged in murder

    After allegedly dumping a man’s body into the Pecos River, a Villanueva man is charged with an open count of murder.

    Richard Joseph Griego, 30, was arrested by New Mexico State Police in connection with the death of Jimmy Griego, whose relationship or other connection to the suspect was not immediately clear.

    A witness reportedly told police she saw a man throwing her cousin, identified as Jimmy Griego, off the Pecos River bridge on N.M. Highway 3 near Ribera this past Tuesday afternoon.

  • Car vs. house - LV man charged after police chase ends in crash

    A Las Vegas man is facing multiple traffic charges after allegedly crashing his car into a house on the corner of Tilden and Grand on March 26.

    Jesse Romero, 40, of the 1400 block of Eighth Street, is charged with two counts of resisting, obstructing or evading an officer, driving with a revoked license, seven counts of failure to stop, one count of failure to yield, speeding by 36 mph or greater over the limit, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, reckless driving and failure to obey a traffic control device.