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Today's News

  • Trip turns tragic for couple

    A Mora County native, her husband and their young son died when the driver of a semi apparently suffered a medical episode and crashed into their sports utility vehicle on Interstate 40 just outside of Conway, Texas, Sunday night.

    Vanessa Cummings, 25, Brandon Joshua Cummings, 24, and their 10-month-old son, Dawson Chase Cummings, all of Lakewood, Wash., were pronounced dead at the scene, the Texas Department of Public Safety told local media outlets.

  • Marking 90 where it all began - Visitor born at Castañeda Hotel

    It had been 80 years since Betsy Swenson had stepped foot in the Castañeda Hotel, but she still remembered the gigantic, fresh-cut Christmas tree that would be put up in the lobby of the Castañeda Hotel each December.

  • Murderer gets max sentence

    The daughter of the woman who was murdered and then dumped in a ravine in Mora County in 2010 asked District Judge Matthew Sandoval to impose the maximum sentence on the man convicted of killing her.

    “I forgive him, but he does deserve the maximum,” Paloma Trujillo said during the Monday afternoon sentencing hearing for 48-year-old Dennis Escovedo. “My kids will never meet their grandma. I’ll never be able to call my mom again… If you could just give my mom justice…”

  • Regents postpone vote on president

    Concerns about whether New Mexico Highlands University regents missed a key deadline for voting on a new president prompted the board to cancel Tuesday’s board meeting and reset the clock on the selection process.

    Regents are now planning to vote on a new president during a special meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 29 at Kennedy Alumni Hall.

  • Looking Back - June 3, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, June 3 — James Marshall, former assistant football and basketball coach at Liberty, Mo., High School has been named head baseball coach at Highlands University, Dr. Thomas C. Donnelly, president of Highlands, announced today. Marshall, 29, will replace Dr. John Donnelly as baseball coach. Donnelly has resigned his post as athletic director and coach to take a similar position at Southern Colorado State College at Pueblo.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 3, 2015

    Pageant set for Saturday
    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization’s Seventh Annual Baby and Tiny Miss and Mister Las Vegas Pageant  at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6 at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria. For more information call Philip Ortiz at 718-6848.

  • Weather - June 3, 2015

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 87. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 50. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 53.

    Friday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

  • Cathedral prepares for Archbishop’s installation

    By Anne Constable
    The New Mexican

    SANTA FE — The hottest ticket in town this week is an invitation to the installation of John C. Wester as the archbishop of Santa Fe.

    The guests include two cardinals, numerous Catholic bishops, a couple of abbots and the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Carlos Maria Viganó, Pope Francis’s representative in the United States.

  • In Brief - News - June 3, 2015

    Optic Staff and Wire
    Vandals cause major damage

    The Las Vegas Police Department is seeking the person or persons who caused thousands of dollars of damage to property last weekend.
    Police say someone deliberately broke numerous windows at homes, local businesses and vehicles within the city.

  • Trujillo, Elliot graduate from medical school

    Submitted to the Optic

    Christina Trujillo and Michael Elliot recently graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Their achievements were recognized during a convocation ceremony in early May.

    Elliot was able to receive his ceremonial hood from his father, Dr. David Elliot. While Christina was able to be hooded by her uncle, Dr. Michael Angelo Trujillo.