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Today's News

  • Pecos man killed in standoff with state police

    Interstate 25 has been re-opened both northbound and southbound from mile marker 307 to mile marker 323 (Rowe to Sands) after an officer-involved shooting led to the death of a Pecos man Monday morning.

    According to the New Mexico State Police, the New Mexico State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting which occurred around 1:15 a.m. Monday morning in Rowe, near Pecos. Rip S. Huntington, 36, was killed after a lengthy situation in which NMSP says Huntington fired a weapon at police. 

  • Little League updates: Vegas reaps first district title

    Less than one full day into the District 4 Little League tournaments, Las Vegas has its first champion already crowned.

    The 9-11 softball all-stars from Las Vegas Little League hoisted the banner in that division on Saturday shortly after opening ceremonies. With no opponents to contend with in the bracket, the team advances to state in July.

    Highlighting a full first day of games in Santa Rosa, Taylor Quintana recorded a perfect pitching game and struck out 12 batters in Las Vegas' 29-0 romp over Santa Rosa in the 8-10 softball bracket.

  • OB unit inches toward reopening

    The reopening of the obstetrics unit at Alta Vista Regional Hospital is inching closer toward fruition.

    Friday, hospital officials announced that two new OB/GYN providers have been hired and will soon start accepting patients.

    Dr. Carol Kiesling and Dr. R. Eric Seward, both OB/GYN physicians, have joined the hospital medical staff.

    “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Kiesling and Dr. Seward to our medical staff, which means our community once again has local, convenient access to OB/GYN services,” Alta Vista CEO Chris Wolf said.

  • OB unit inches towards reopening

    The reopening of the obstetrics unit at Alta Vista Regional Hospital is inching closer to fruition.

    On Friday, hospital officials announced that two new OB/GYN providers have been hired and will soon start accepting patients.

    Dr. Carol Kiesling and Dr. R. Eric Seward, both OB/GYN physicians, have joined the hospital medical staff.

    “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Kiesling and Dr. Seward to our medical staff, which means our community once again has local, convenient access to OB/GYN services,” Alta Vista CEO Chris Wolf said.

  • Board gives Sanchez the boot

    Luna Community College President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez’s tenure at the institution will soon come to a halt. According to a LCC press release, the college’s board of trustees meeting on Tuesday voted to end Sanchez’s employment contract on June 30.

  • A century of experiences

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Buford Johnson had already established a life in New Mexico when his country called and needed his services.

    In 1943, Johnson was already married and had one child, but that didn’t stop the U.S. Army from drafting him.

    “They took him anyway,” said Darlene Johnson Ortega, who lives with and cares for her father in her Lakewood, Colo., home. “So he ended up serving in the Army and went through Normandy after the invasion, and was in the Battle of the Bulge.”

  • In Brief - News - June 25, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Gov studying impact of health care overhaul
    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says she will look closely at whether vulnerable New Mexico residents are protected under a Senate Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system.

    Martinez spokesman Joseph Cueto said Thursday the GOP governor did not yet have a chance to review the proposal for rolling back Barack Obama’s health care law.

  • Jail Log - June 25, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 13 and June 22:
    Dale Long, 53, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, Valencia County, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Miranda Martinez, 25, aggravated DUI, suspended or revoked license, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Angelica Lujan, 31, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Jamar Dickey, 37, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel County District Court

  • Weather - June 25, 2017

    Sunday

    HIGH 76°/ LOW 52°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    5:47 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

    Monday

    HIGH 80° / LOW 53°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.
    Monday night — a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    5:47 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

  • Highlands grad finds success in Vietnam

    Submitted to the Optic

    A Highlands University biology graduate returned to his homeland of Vietnam to work as a technical development project manager for a leading seafood company that is increasing food supplies for his country and internationally.

    Son Tran, B.S. biology 2015, joined Viet-UC Seafood in January 2016.