Local News

  • HU spring media arts exhibit Wed.

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University media arts and technology students will showcase their work in the department’s Spring Exhibit at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

    The exhibit is open to the public and is in the new Media Arts Trolley Building at 1183 San Francisco Ave.

  • Alumbra clinic to shut doors

    The long history of midwives in the area will soon come to a screeching halt.

    On Monday evening, Connie Trujillo, owner of Alumbra Women’s Health and Maternity Care, said the clinic will soon close its doors. The shutdown comes just more than a year after Alta Vista Regional Hospital closed its obstetrics department. The hospital’s closure meant Alumbra midwives couldn’t provide delivery service for expectant mothers.

  • Warm weather fun - Plenty on tap for Saturday

    Warm weather activities have officially started in the Meadow City.

    On Saturday morning, the Tri-County Farmers’ Market will return to its summer home in the Immaculate Conception Church on the starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

  • Haaland looking to make history

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The outgoing leader of the New Mexico Democratic Party is running for an open congressional seat and hopes to become the nation’s first Native American congresswoman.

    Debra Haaland recently filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission to run for the state’s First Congressional District.

  • Olympian takes fight to cigarettes

    In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Leo Manzano found himself lagging in ninth place of the 1,500-meter run.

    He was half the world away from the comforts of home — either his native Mexico or his adopted Texas, from which he hailed in representing the United States in international competition.

    But Manzano didn’t give up on the race or himself. He focused intently on the task at hand, passing one runner. Then he passed another.

    Soon, with 100 meters — one quarter lap around he track — remaining, he made his final kick.

  • New farmer’s market situated on west side

    Submitted to the Optic

    The newly organized Tierra Encantada Farmers Market will be sited in a highly visible area near the intersection of Hot Springs Blvd, Mills Avenue and New Mexico Avenue.

    The USDA has designated west Las Vegas as a “food desert.”  Food deserts are defined by the USDA as “parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers.”

  • In Brief - News - May 5, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Big bucks in soda tax fight
    SANTA FE — Political groups spent at least $163 per vote to sway the outcome of a soda tax proposal that New Mexico’s capital city resoundingly rejected, eclipsing the costs of recent campaigns in other cities and raising the financial stakes in efforts to tax sweetened beverages nationwide.

  • Climate Summit
  • Jail Log - March 5, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 26 and May 3:
    Leroy Valdez, 32, bench warrant: DWI, no driver’s license, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Andre Trujillo, 24, possession of burglary tools, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Amber Romero, 32, conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, San Miguel County Magistrate Court, Sandoval County

  • Weather - May 5, 2017


    HIGH 82° / LOW 45°
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Friday night —
    mostly clear, with a low around 45.
    6:05 a.m. to 7:51 p.m.


    HIGH 83° / LOW 46°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:04 a.m. to 7:52 p.m.