Local News

  • McCain casts deciding healthcare vote

    By Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain appeared poised to be the savior of the GOP health bill when he returned to the Capitol earlier this week despite brain cancer.

    He turned out to be the bill’s executioner.

    In an astonishing development early Friday, the longtime Arizona senator turned on his party and his president, joining two other GOP senators in voting “no” on Republicans’ final effort to repeal “Obamacare.”

  • Jail Log - July 30, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 20 and July 27:
    Ormando Pino, 38, failure to comply with conditions of release, Santa Fe County.
    Adam Chavez, 27, failure to appear, San Miguel County Magistrate Court.
    Theodore Lujan, 41, hold for court, Mora County.
    Justin Deherrera, failure to pay fines, San Miguel County Magistrate Court.
    Marjorie Maddux-Martinez, 52, failure to appear, Mora County.

  • Weather - July 30, 2017


    HIGH 84°/ LOW 56°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.
    Sunday night — a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
    6:09 a.m. to 8:04 p.m.


  • Students explore famous archaeological sites

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University students explored some of the most famous Native American archaeology sites in the world like Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde during a summer field experience.

    The students in anthropology professor Warren Lail’s course, World Heritage Archaeology of the American West, experienced 13 sites in 17 days, from soaring cliff dwellings to ceremonial underground kivas and petroglyphs with astronomy features.

  • NMHU, Regents make plans for HLC’s fall visit

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Representatives of the Higher Learning Commission are scheduled to be at New Mexico Highlands University the weekend of November 3-5.

    Wednesday, the Highlands Board of Regents heard a brief update about the university’s preparation for that weekend audit, which will determine if NMHU will be removed from a probation list by the HLC, a 19-state accrediting organization based in Chicago.

  • Cycle exhibit devoted to love of leather and chrome

    Motorcycles will roar through town this weekend as part of the annual Rough Riders Motorcycle Rally. One special exhibit has been set up to showcase everything motorcycle from paintings, etchings, photographs, prints, sculptures and more.

    The exhibit is showcased at Las Vegas Arts Council’s Gallery 140 located at 140 Bridge St. in Las Vegas.

  • NMSP: Suspect robbed store in San Miguel County

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor
    A Texas man who was taken into custody after a shootout with police on I-25 in Santa Fe County drew attention to himself by committing crimes in San Miguel County.

    According to the New Mexico State Police, at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store located along Interstate 25 at mile marker 319 in San Miguel County at the San Jose exit, between Ribera and Pecos.

  • City posts acequia schedule

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The City of Las Vegas has posted to its website the full acequia water schedule for the USGS Montezuma Gage to OSE Gallinas River below Middle Diversions.

    The full schedule can be found here: goo.gl/K3xGzK

    The provisions set forth, including the rotation schedule, are intended to serve as guidelines for Gallinas River users in the middle reach. The watermaster shall administer public waters based on the principle of maximizing beneficial use with equitable distribution by priority.

  • Trump, aides no longer pursuing import tax

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials and congressional leaders are no longer considering an import-based tax system to rewrite the tax code. That had been contemplated to lower rates without blowing a hole in the budget.

    They say in a joint statement they’re “confident” a border tax system is no longer needed to reduce rates. The Republican majority in the House had been pushing the border tax to prevent a ballooning budget deficit.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 28, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Suspect shot  in Chaves Co.
    ROSWELL  — Authorities say a suspect from northeastern New Mexico is in custody following an exchange of gunfire with Chaves County sheriff’s deputies in southeastern New Mexico.

    The New Mexico State Police says no injuries were reported in the Wednesday evening incident along U.S. 380 about 35 miles (56.3 kilometers) east of Roswell.