Local News

  • Weather - Nov. 16, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Calm wind becoming southwest 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. South wind around 5 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 59. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 30.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.  Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 33.


  • FYI - News - Nov. 16, 2011

    The San Miguel County Commission has designating this Friday as Wear Your Pearls Day in an effort to bring attention to November being lung cancer awareness month. The commission is also encouraging everyone to take part in a walk in support of all New Mexicans with lung cancer, beginning at 3 p.m. at the new county bike path on Cinder Road.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 16, 2011

    The Associated Press

    Student works to save species
    LAS CRUCES — A New Mexico State University student is earning degrees in conservation, ecology, biology and anthropology while trying to save an endangered species in Borneo.

    Twenty-two-year-old Zachary Brecheisen has traveled to the Southeast Asian island twice with a deep desire to help orangutans, which are losing their feeding grounds as the rainforest disappears.

  • Recycles Day event soon

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University recycling center will be open from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday for an America Recycles Day event, a joint project with the city of Las Vegas Keep America Beautiful Program.

    The event will also feature local art and furniture made of found objects. The first 100 recyclers who sign a pledge to recycle will receive a free in-home recycling bin donated by the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Program.

  • Gov. clarifies immigration past

    By Barry Massey and Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has dug into her family's ancestry and uncovered immigration documents she says suggest her paternal grandparents followed common practices in coming to the United States from Mexico in the early 1900s, contradicting earlier indications they were illegal immigrants.

  • Community leaders to meet to discuss economic plan

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Friday, Nov. 18, a group of key community leaders will meet at Las Vegas City Council Chambers to begin developing a Strategic Economic Sustainability Plan for San Miguel County.

    The idea of bringing community leaders together to develop strategic planning initiatives originated as a result of the University of New Mexico Bureau of Economic Business Research Assessment for San Miguel County. The study identified the high number of active community groups that exist in Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 16, 2011

    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    • NMHU men vs. Midwestern State, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    • NMHU men vs. Colorado College, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    Cross country
    • NMHU (Nicaise Kazingo) in NCAA Division II Nationals, 9 a.m., Spokane, Wash.

  • In Brief - National News - Nov. 16, 2011

    From The Associated Press
    Obama speaks with supporters
    KAPOLEI, Hawaii  — President Barack Obama is telling supporters everything they stand for and worked for in 2008 is on the line in his re-election bid.

    Obama is making time for domestic politics and the constant demand for cash amid a trip to Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia. At a fundraiser, he said economic times remain tough but that he has delivered repeatedly on his promise of change and now needs another term.

  • Cantor says deficit deal likely

    By David Espo
    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON  — Sidestepping controversy, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., declined to take sides Monday on a proposal for higher taxes backed by fellow Republicans on Congress’ supercommittee, yet expressed confidence the panel would agree on a deficit-reduction plan of at least $1.2 trillion by a Nov. 23 deadline.

  • Surviving the unimaginable

    Arissa Collins has learned to deal with the loss of her family over the last five years, but she still yearns for them, particularly when she’s celebrating a milestone in her life.

    “It is hard every day,” Collins said in a recent interview. “But you get used to living with it. Not having them for graduation, starting college and having my first baby was really hard.”