Local News

  • Police: Massacre planned for months

    By Mead Gruver and Thomas Peipert
    The Associated Press

    AURORA, Colo. — The shooting suspect accused in a deadly rampage inside a Colorado theater planned the attack with “calculation and deliberation,” police said Saturday, receiving deliveries by mail that authorities believe armed him for battle and were used to rig his apartment with dozens of bombs.

  • Names of 12 killed in rampage released

    By Gillian Flaccus and
    Kristen Wyatt
    The Associated Press

    AURORA, Colo.  — Ashley Moser drifted in and out of consciousness in the ICU, a bullet lodged in her throat and a gunshot wound to her abdomen. In her waking moments, she called for her 6-year-old daughter Veronica.

    Nobody had the heart to tell the 25-year-old mother that Veronica was already dead, the youngest victim killed at a Colorado movie theater in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

  • Obama comforts families of victims

    By Mark S. Smith
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama again steps into the role of consoler-in-chief during a visit Sunday with distraught families of those gunned down in a minute and a half of horror at a midnight movie showing in Colorado.

    While authorities gather evidence on the suspect and the nation tries to fathom what drove the gunman, Obama planned to meet with loved ones struggling with pain and grief.

  • Usher's stepson dies from boating accident

    The Associated Press

    ATLANTA — The stepson of the Grammy award-winning pop star Usher has died, two weeks after the child was critically injured in a boating accident.

    Willie A. Watkins funeral home in Atlanta confirmed Saturday it was handling funeral arrangements for 11-year-old Kile Glover. He was a son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Kile died Saturday morning at an Atlanta area hospital.

  • Rifle wound sidelines judge

    Mora Magistrate John Sanchez was rushed to Alta Vista Regional Hospital earlier this month after he accidentally shot himself with a 30-30 caliber rifle.

    Sanchez, who was bleeding heavily, was quickly stabilized and then flown to a trauma center in Albuquerque on July 2.

    As of Wednesday the judge remained out on medical leave. Las Vegas Magistrate Judges Philip Romero and Chris Najar and Santa Rosa Magistrate James Moncayo have been handling his caseload since.

  • Looking Back - July 20, 2012

    In 1962

    Tuesday, July 24 — New Mexico Highlands University’s enrollment has more than doubled in the past decade and is expected to double again in the next few years, President Thomas C. Donnelly told members of the Legislative Finance Committee meeting on the campus yesterday. In 1962 enrollment jumped over 17 percent, he pointed out, with an increase of  more than 10 percent expected in September. The 1962 summer enrollment jumped 18 percent over the preceding year.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 20, 2012

    Mora Fiesta is this weekend

    The Mora Fiesta kicks off at 4:30 p.m. today, July 20, with a Mass and procession starting at Santa Gertrudis Church. The fiesta, which features several bands, a parade and even a rodeo ends on Sunday. For a complete schedule, see Page C6.

  • HU cop: Lives are in jeopardy

    The New Mexico Highlands University campus was flooded with visitors this past Friday and Saturday because of the North-South high school All-star games.

    Despite the hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of extra people on campus for the event, the university had just one officer on duty during the 4 p.m.-to-midnight shifts on those days, one Highlands police officer contends.

  • Center aims to help local veterans

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    Today many armed forces veterans struggle to obtain rightfully deserved benefits and services.

    Fortunately, Victor Cordova is helping to ease that struggle for veterans in the Las Vegas area.

  • Virus outbreak affecting livestock

    Las Vegas Optic Staff

    People planning to take part in this weekend’s Mora Fiesta rodeo or who hope to ride a horse in the parade will likely be in for a disappointment if they fail to get a certificate from a veterinarian certifying that their livestock is in good health.

    An outbreak of Vesicular Stomatitis — a virus with symptoms that mimic hoof and mouth disease — has hit New Mexico, prompting the state veterinarian to impose rules in hopes of minimizing the spread of the disease.