Local News

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 3, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Five killed in Texas car crash

  • Naming rights to The Pit go for $5M

    The Associated Press

    One of college basketball’s most beloved arenas is changing names.

    The Pit in New Mexico will now be called the WisePies Arena.

    WisePies Pizza & Salad, a local restaurant chain, donated $5 million to the University of New Mexico to secure the naming rights for The Pit for the next 10 years. The chain’s name and logo will appear on signs outside the arena, on the court and on tickets.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 3, 2014

    Fort Union Holiday Open House
    An open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the monument’s visitor center. The highlight will be a 2:30 p.m. ranger-led presentation titled “Fort Union: Beyond the Fort Walls and into the Local Communities.” There will be a 3 p.m. tour of the historic remnants of the fort.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 3, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, Dec. 2 — Canned goods for Operation Christmas are being collected by members of the Greater Laws Vegas Junior Chamber of Commerce. The canned goods will be distributed to needy families in the Las Vegas area in time for Christmas. Zebb Conley, president of the Jaycees, is one of the leaders of the food drive. Residents who do not expect to be at home when the drive begins tonight are asked to leave their canned goods beside the door.

  • Weather - Dec. 3, 2014

    Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. South wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:54 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.

  • Court building still closed

    Efforts to figure out exactly what has been making employees at San Miguel County Magistrate Court ill and to fix the problem have so far been unsuccessful, prompting the state to once again shut down the magistrate court building on Seventh Street.

    The court building has been shut down on and off since Oct. 31 as the building’s owner, who leases the space to the Administrative Office of the Courts, has attempted to get to the root of the problem. Court employees have been complaining of headaches, red, dry eyes, nausea and other symptom while in the building.

  • Serving up a feast
  • Migration exhibit to open Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Exhibit design students from New Mexico Highlands University have created a new multimedia exhibit, Memories of Migration: Las Vegas. It will open at the Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation, 116 Bridge St., on Friday and be on display through Jan. 16.

  • Foul play ruled out in death

    Authorities investigating the death of a 52-year-old New Mexico Highlands University student have officially concluded that she died of natural causes.

    Paige Martinez was found deceased in her Kennedy Hall dorm room last Monday evening. Investigators initially suspected that Martinez died of natural causes, but said the case would remain open pending the results of an autopsy. Late Wednesday, the agency announced that foul play had been ruled out.

  • Ferguson decision opens wounds in Albuquerque

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is reopening old wounds in Albuquerque.

    That’s because none of the Albuquerque officers in the more than 40 police shootings since 2010 has faced charges. And it’s still unclear if the officers in the high-profile March shooting of homeless camper James Boyd, 38, will face indictments.