Local News

  • Senior Profile - Judy Vaughan - Revisiting childhood haunts

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Seventy-two-year-old Judy Vaughan recently “revisited” her childhood.

    A former Las Vegas resident, Vaughan spent two nights at the remote Gallinas Canyon home where she was raised. She even slept in her old bedroom, where she searched for constellations ­— just as she did during her childhood.

    “I loved the place and the solitude,” Vaughan said. “My best friends were my dogs and horses.”

  • Fighting addiction: Pro-painkiller echo chamber shaped policy amid drug epidemic

    Editors Notes: Part of a joint investigation by The Associated Press and The Center for Public Integrity. Second of two parts.

    By Matthew Perrone and Ben Wieder
    The Associated Press and Center for Public Integrity

  • Art project helps build homecoming spirit

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A new life-size fiberglass horse painted with a colorful Día de los Muertos theme will lead the way for the Highlands University homecoming parade Oct. 8.

    Homecoming festivities kick off Sept. 30 and continue through Oct. 9.

    Highlands media arts professor Mariah Hausman designed the Día de los Muertos theme for the horse and is coordinating the public art project.

  • ‘Making a Killing’ filming locally

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    The independent feature “Making a Killing” is filming in northern New Mexico.

    State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis says principal photography is expected to continue through the end of October in Las Vegas and nearby Montezuma.

    The film is being produced by CanAmPac3, LLC. The project will employ 20 New Mexico crew members, 15 local principal actors and 30 background talent.

  • Overdose deaths down in San Miguel, Mora counties

    State health officials announced last week that two-thirds of  New Mexico counties, including San Miguel and Mora, have seen a decline in overdose deaths.

    San Miguel County had eight fatal overdoses in 2015, down from 12 in 2014, according to state Department of Health statistics. That brought San Miguel County’s overdose death rate down from 49.6 to 34.0 per 100,000.

    Mora County had one fatal overdose death in 2014 and none in 2015.

    The Health Department said in a news release that overdose deaths decreased in 20 of 33 counties.

  • Weather - Sept. 25, 2016


    HIGH 66° / LOW 40°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
    6:52 a.m. to 6:52 p.m.


    HIGH 65° / LOW 41°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
    6:52 a.m. to 6:51 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 25, 2016

    Monday, Sept. 26, 1966 — Marine Pvt. Richard D. Conklin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Conklin, has completed four weeks of individual combat training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. His next assignment is four weeks of basic specialist training to prepare him for a specific job in the Marine Corps.

  • Moving time
  • Senior Lunch Menu — Sept. 25, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Salisbury steak with brown gravy, steamed rice, carrot raisin salad,
    dinner roll, and pears

    Baked fish squares, tarter sauce, green beans, potato wedges, and
    fruit cobbler and topping

    Beef and cheese enchilada, pinto beans, Spanish rice, and vanilla pudding

    Lasagna, garden salad, mixed vegetables, French bread, and fruit cocktail

  • West graduate joins medical staff at Alta Vista

    Submitted to Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has announced its formal relationship with Raymond Ortiz, M.D., internal medicine.

    Ortiz attended West Las Vegas High School and graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico Medical School in Albuquerque.

    Ortiz finished his training with a residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas-Wichita Affiliated Hospitals.