Today's News

  • Fiestas royalty crowned

    In one of the most anticipated events of the year, Melina Mercedes Baca, 17, was crowned queen of the Fiestas de Las Vegas, Friday.

    Her coronation was at a Fiestas Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. Her court includes Princesa Victoria Valdez, and Damas Amber Lynn Gonzales, Sonia Castillo and Gabriella Andrea Tafoya.

    New this year is senior citizen royalty, in which Manuel Chavez and Alice Moberg were selected.

  • Court leans left in term unsettled by Scalia’s death

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death transformed the Supreme Court’s term, shifted power to its liberal wing and started a transition that will be greatly affected by who wins the presidency.

  • NM tests limits of immunity for legislators

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    A New Mexico district judge will decide on a case-by case basis whether legislators can decline to testify in a fraud case against a former state senator by invoking legislative privilege.

    Judge Brett Loveless on Monday denied a blanket request to limit the scope of testimony from state lawmakers and legislative aides who are being called on to testify as state prosecutors pursue charges of fraud, bribery and tampering with public records against former Sen. Phil Griego.

  • $2,866 raised for injured teen

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    A father of 10 with another child due in September, Albuquerque tattoo artist Phil Lucero, found time on Saturday to support the only son of Dennis and Rose Gouin of Sapello.

    Lucero, 37, was among 120 to participate in the Benefit Bike and Car Run, which started in Las Vegas and included stops in Sapello, Mora and Sipapu Ski Resort. The $2,866 raised will go to the Gouins, whose 17-year-old son, Jeramiah, was paralyzed after a May 31 accident at a bull-riding camp in Maxwell.

  • In Brief June 29, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Suit targets cougar trapping

    Environmentalists are suing the state Game Commission in federal court, arguing that expanded cougar trapping threatens endangered Mexican gray wolves and jaguars.

    The lawsuit was filed Monday by The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Protection New Mexico and residents Peter and Jean Ossorio.

  • Editorial Cartoon: June 29, 2016
  • Editorial:Taxpayers deserve justice

    Former state Sen. Phil Griego is slated to be in court next week for a preliminary hearing that will determine whether sufficient evidence exists to move forward with a trial.

    And it’s likely that New Mexico lawmakers will be called to testify at that hearing, thanks to a ruling by state District Judge Brett Loveless. Loveless on Monday denied a request from the Legislative Council Service, the administrative arm of the Legislature.

  • A work of Art: Some like it cool

    Arthur says it’s hot. Arthur who? Arthur Mometer!

    Las Vegas is darn authentic. I toned down the official adverb here, the d-word, in keeping with my policy of not using in print words that some people deem profane.

    The “authentic” reference is one of several descriptions used through the ages for and about the Meadow City.

  • Que Pasa June 29, 2016

    10 a.m. to noon
    Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading Program will host representatives from Ft. Union. Lunch is served following program on the lawn at Carnegie Park. Program is free, and children 2 to 12 years are welcome.

    5 p.m.
    The annual Fourth of July Fiestas commence at Plaza Park. The opening ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. followed by music. The carnival by Bennett’s Amusement Inc. will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. at the West Las Vegas High School parking lot.

  • Weather - June 29, 2016


    HIGH 77° / LOW 56°

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

    5:49 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.



    HIGH 85° / LOW 55°

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

    5:49 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.