Today's News

  • Baca sentenced to 7 years in sex case

    Benjamin Baca, the 76-year-old Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual penetration against mentally ill women, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

    The sentence is the maximum allowable under terms of a plea agreement reached in February. District Judge Matt Sandoval, in ordering the sentence on Friday, called the case "disturbing."

  • OB services return to Las Vegas

    Tragedy struck the area in March 2016 as Desiree Amanda Castillo and her unborn son Ezra Augustine Castillo died as a result of a car accident near Rowe along interstate 25. The pregnant Desiree was returning home with her husband Carlos when suddenly a gust of wind pushed the family’s gold colored Infiniti SUV, causing the vehicle to spin out of control and roll. Just a few hours before the crash Desiree and Carlos found out that she was carrying a son.  

  • Symposium allows city, county to compare notes

    Monday and Tuesday, city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County officials gathered to discuss several issues pertaining to the area. The topics included senior citizens, community development, health care, homeless, housing, a drug task force, watershed thinning, quality of life and education. Many local leaders were also in attendance during the two-day symposium, which took place in the student union building on the campus of Highlands University.

  • Special session: Budget approved; on to taxes

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — The New Mexico Legislature has sent a bill to the governor that would tap severance tax bonds to fill a budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year.

    The state House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to suspend infrastructure projects and bolster the state general fund by $100 million in the coming fiscal year.

    Of those funds, $19 million are one-time transfers of money from dozens of state government accounts.

  • One family — four 2017 grads
  • In Brief - News - May 26, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Brits angry about leaks
    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British police arrested two more people and searched a new site in Manchester suspected of links to the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, as British authorities complained bitterly Thursday about investigation leaks by U.S. officials.

  • UNM to cooperate with state audit

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico acting President Chaouki Abdallah says the school will cooperate with state auditors as they review the spending of public money on a 2015 golf trip to Scotland that included university athletics officials and private donors.

    Abdallah said Wednesday that the university is looking forward to a timely process.

    The state auditor’s office says the review has been ongoing for at least three weeks.

  • Jail Log - May 26, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 17 and May 24:
    Adam Chavez, 37, back from forensic, San Miguel County District Court
    Leandra Pino, 29, hold for court, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Alfred Waldo Jr., 36, battery against a household member, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Andres Vigil, 26, dwelling burglary, larceny, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Julia Lucero, 23, DWI (first offense), reckless driving, San Miguel County Magistrate Court

  • Fifth grade students learn from Highlands professors

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fifth grade girls from Las Vegas gained hands-on career knowledge from Highlands University science faculty and community members at an AAUW Girls Can program on May 19 at the university.

    The Las Vegas Chapter of the American Association of University Women joined forces with Highlands to present Girls Can, which aims to generate early interest in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM, and other careers.

  • Weather - May 26, 2017


    HIGH 82° / LOW 47°
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
    5:49 a.m. to 8:07 p.m.


    HIGH 79° / LOW 43°
    Sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 10 to 20 mph. Saturday night —partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
    5:48 a.m. to 8:08 p.m.