Today's News

  • Daves to chair search team

    New Mexico Highlands University Regents appointed a 13-person search committee Tuesday to conduct the search for President Jim Fries’ replacement, and they tapped the head of the Highlands Foundation to head that committee.

    Doyle Daves, who has headed the foundation for the last six years, will lead the search. The foundation is the university’s fundraising arm.

  • 15 file for East, West school board

    Although school board elections are months away, the campaigning has begun. On Tuesday, 15 candidates tossed in their names for seven vacant seats on either the Las Vegas City Schools board or West Las Vegas School board.

    Veteran board members Gary Gold and Felix Alderete are not seeking re-election for their respective seats.

    Vying for Gold’s seat on the West Las Vegas board are City of Las Vegas employee Alvin Jiron, former school board member John Trujillo and Anthony Benavidez who lists an Alamo Street address.

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  • ‘We lost one of our treasures’

    Ruth Fort, a longtime school teacher who moved to New Mexico as a missionary and later ended up writing about Mora County in a weekly column for the Optic, has died. She was 91.

    Fort died at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe early Monday morning, her daughter, Maxine Hughes, said.

  • Crash involving cop under investigation

    Las Vegas police officer responding to a burglary in progress call crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Seventh and University Sunday morning.

    The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

    Deputy Chief Eugene Garcia said all factors will be considered and investigated.

    “If infractions are found, corrective action will be administered,” he added.

    The officer involved in the crash was Michael Ortega, and the driver of the red GMC truck he hit has been identified as Richard Sena.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 19, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15:

    Damian Pacheco, 18, absconding, bench warrant, SM District
    Annette Adkins, 31, possession of a controlled substance, bench warrant, State of Texas Parole Violation Mora/State of Texas
    Alexander Lara, 36, driving on suspended-revoked license
    Nakia Crespin, 36, child abuse, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Diego Trujillo, 34, receiving/transferring stolen property, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Looking Back - Dec. 19

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 19, 2014

    Hanukkah Party

    Las Vegas Jewish Community Inc. Hanukkah Party, 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Temple Montefiore, Columbia Eighth. There will be music, potluck and a menorah lighting. Call 454-4900.

  • Weather - Dec. 19, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 45. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:05 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.

  • Dunn preps for land position

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The results of the recount in the race for New Mexico land commissioner, one of the most powerful positions in state government, confirm Republican Aubrey Dunn has ousted Democrat incumbent Ray Powell.

    The secretary of state’s office said the counting wrapped up late Tuesday. The results show Dunn with a margin of 656 votes over Powell out of nearly 500,000 ballots cast in the race. The original difference had Dunn in the lead by 704 votes.