Today's News

  • Wagon Mound board members’ eligibility in question

    There is an ongoing court battle between Wagon Mound Public Schools and its superintendent, Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, on whether a vote taken by an ineligible board member on McNellis-Martinez’s contract was valid. But a two-month Optic investigation has revealed that the board has had at least two ineligible board members within the past three years.

  • Some newcomers to the opera world quickly get involved

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Three years ago, Kevin Johnson would have never considered attending an opera. It seemed boring.

    Today, Johnson’s a season- ticket holder for the Santa Fe Opera and belongs to its Las Vegas Guild.

    “It’s wonderful and I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly,” she said. “I love the music.”

  • Luna releases names of eight candidates

    Luna Community College released the names of the candidates for the permanent president’s position around noon on Friday.

    The eight applicants are James Alarid, Jennifer Carabajal, Eloy Chavez, Manuel J. Lucero, Twila Quintana, Rolando Rael, Joseph Sanchez and Sharon Lalla.

    Additional information on each of the applicants was unavailable as of Optic press time.

    The college’s board of trustees unanimously voted to appoint a committee to review and screen the applicants during a meeting on Tuesday.

  • Pearce sues to gain access to larger chunk of campaign cash

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce sued New Mexico’s lead elections regulator on Thursday to seek access to a $1 million campaign war chest as he runs for governor in 2018.

    The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office informed the Pearce campaign this week that only $11,000 could be transferred from his federal election campaign account to a state campaign account.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 26, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Balderas: Keep DACA alive
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Friday joined 19 other Democratic attorneys general around the country urging President Donald Trump to keep a program that gives temporary resident status to young immigrants in the country illegally.

    In a letter to the president, the attorneys general said the 800,000 immigrant students covered under the Obama-era Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrival Program, or DACA, have been a boon to universities and employers.

  • Jail Log - July 23, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 13 and July 19:
    Justin Martinez, 29, Violation of protection order, resisting and evading,  San Miguel Magistrate Court, Adult Probation.
    Jerry Martinez, 40, failure to comply with conditions of probation, probation violation: failure to report; failure to comply with conditions of parole, San Miguel District Court, Adult Probation / Parole.

  • U.S. to ban American travel to N. Korea

    WASHINGTON (AP) —  American citizens will be barred from traveling to North Korea next month following a prohibition on using U.S. passports to enter the country, the State Department said Friday.

    The restriction will take effect in late August, 30 days after it is published as a legal notice in the Federal Register sometime next week.

  • Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

    Spicer’s decision appears to be linked to the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci. The people with knowledge of the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.

  • Arabian nights

    Missoula Children’s Theatre made its annual return to Las Vegas recently and once again thrilled audiences with their production. This year’s show, “Aladdin,” included dozens of local performers ranging in ages. After rehearsing for a handful of days, the group hit the stage on Saturday, July 14, in Ilfeld Auditorium in front of a packed house of proud family members.

    The children performed under the direction of Ryan Pierce and Julia Bourland. The theatre group has been traveling every summer to Las Vegas for more than 20 years.

  • Weather - July 23, 2017


    HIGH 79°/ LOW 54°
    Showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could produce heavy rain. High near 79. North wind 10 mph becoming southeast in afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
    6:02 a.m. to 8:12 p.m.