Today's News

  • Group stands with breast cancer victims

    Angela Najar’s life changed dramatically when she learned that she had breast cancer during the summer of 2014.

    After her diagnosis, she faced surgery after surgery. But perhaps even more daunting than the operations was the fear of the disease itself.  

    This was not her first go-rounder with breast cancer. She had witnessed her mother battle the disease twice. And while her mother had managed to conquer the cancer, her grandmother wasn’t as lucky. Breast cancer took the life of her grandmother.

  • Many area schools see improvement

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    More New Mexico public schools earned “A’’ or “B’’ grades last school year, but more than a third still received “D’’ or “F’’ grades, according to results released Wednesday by the state Public Education Department.

    In the Las Vegas area, eight schools improved, with Las Vegas City Schools’ Early Childhood Center showing the most improvement. It jumped three letter grades to secure a “B” rating.

  • Interviews for finalists scheduled for Sept. 3

    West Las Vegas students have already returned to the classroom, but the position at the district’s helm has yet to be filled permanently.

    The school board is, however, inching closer to hiring a new superintendent.

    During a meeting on Wednesday evening, the board scheduled interviews for the finalists for Sept. 3 and reached unanimous agreement on 12 questions that will be asked of each of the applicants.

  • State confronts budget shortfalls amid oil bust

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    RED RIVER — The full extent of New Mexico’s budget crisis came into sharp focus Wednesday as state economists described an 8 percent plunge in revenues during the fiscal year that ended in June and warned state lawmakers of a looming budget deficit during the current year.

  • Video leads to officer’s arrest

    The Associated Press

    GRANTS — Authorities say a 33-year-old police sergeant has been arrested after he unwittingly recorded himself on a lapel camera taking marijuana from his office and giving it to his girlfriend.

    State police say Grants Police Department Sgt. Roshern McKinney was arrested Wednesday following an investigation requested by the Grants department in July after it discovered the video recording.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 26, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 17 and Aug. 22:
    Gabriel Chavez, 23, hold for court, District Court
    Styles Gold, age unavailable, hold for court, District Court
    Melvin Pacheco, 49, driving on a suspended/revoked license, Mora
    Jerry Gonzales, 27, bench warrant: forgery, conspiracy, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Phillip Archuleta 12/7/1992 BW: DWI, No seatbelt. SM Mag.

  • Donors got face time with Clinton at State

    By Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

  • Weather - Aug. 26, 2016


    HIGH 78° / LOW 51°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Friday night — a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
    6:29 a.m. to 7:35 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Aug. 26, 2016

    In 1966
    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1966 — The Bank of Las Vegas and the First National Bank will follow the lead of several large banking institutions and gradually raise interest rates on loans. Bill Gerdeman, vice president of the Bank of Las Vegas, said the prime interest rates of the bank would “almost immediately” be raised to six per cent. Arthur Montoya of the First National Bank said that although First National does not have prime interest rates, it would have to raise the interest rates on small loans.

  • 38th annual faire on tap