Local News

  • West board member resigns

    A West Las Vegas School board member has given up the fight to keep his seat. During a lengthy board meeting Thursday evening, Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez resigned from his position ­— six days before the deadline the state Attorney General’s office gave him to resign.

    His resignation comes slightly more than a year after he was sworn into office. The state Attorney General’s office urged Benavidez to resign from his position by April 20.

  • Infestation prompts court closure

    Mora County Magistrate Court shut down at noon on Wednesday and remained closed through Friday due to a small animal infestation below the portable building the court operates out of.

    The stench of urine permeated the air in the modular building, and at least one court employee was getting sick with the odor, according to a local attorney who was at the court on Wednesday.

  • State Police work to change Amber Alert system

    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico State Police Department is working to change the way Amber Alerts are issued so officers have more control over what information is broadcast after a child is abducted.

    State Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Armijo said the changes have been in the works for months and are not because of misinformation that was sent during an Amber Alert on Monday, according to The Albuquerque Journal.

  • Changing of the guard

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Top New Mexico high school students are invited to HU Scholars Day at Highlands University April 21 to get a taste of campus life.

    The event is for first-time freshman who received Highlands University scholarship offers, and for their parents.

  • A.C.T. to prevent heat-related car deaths

    Submitted to the Optic

    Each year in the U.S., an average of 38 children and hundreds of dogs die from hyperthermia (heatstroke) in hot cars. While our first thought may be these are cases of blatant cruelty or negligence, the truth is many are due to tragic error on the part of otherwise loving, competent caregivers. The point is this could happen to you.  

  • In Brief April 17th, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Griego clings to campaign funds

    SANTA FE — Former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego is keeping a political campaign account open even as he fights criminal fraud and bribery allegations linked to his tenure as a lawmaker.

  • Tourism Department to ‘certify’ products

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Tourism Department announced it will allow some state businesses to use the popular “New Mexico True” brand on their products in an attempt to expand the tourism slogan that officials believe has drawn more visitors to the Southwestern state.

    State officials said last week it will launch a New Mexico True certified program to highlight businesses that are “uniquely New Mexican” while also encouraging more businesses to look into moving to the state.

  • BREAKING: West board member resigns

    Embattled West Las Vegas School Board member Anthony "Leroy" Benavidez resigned during a board meeting on Thursday evening.

    The resignation comes eight days after the New Mexico Attorney General's Office sent a letter warning Benavidez that if he did not resign by April 20, the agency would assess what civil and criminal action would be necessary to remove him from office.

  • County to form task force

    For decades, Jesusita was known throughout the area as the woman people would call to help deliver their babies.

    uring Tuesday afternoon’s  San Miguel County Commission meeting, Jesusita’s name was mentioned once more by Tara Trudell, as she talked about having midwives who delivered children for years in the area ­as it was part of the culture, heritage and history of the region.

    The late Jesusita, whose name is virtually synonymous with midwifery, delivered thousands of babies over several decades.

  • Tips sought in poaching cases

    Las Vegas Optic

    State Game and Fish officials are asking for the public’s help in solving a series of poaching cases, including the killing of two elk outside Las Vegas in February and March.

    Anyone with information about those cases is asked to call the department’s toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline at 800-432-4263. Rewards are being offered for information leading to charges in the cases.