Today's News

  • Three-quarters of a century: KFUN celebrates 75th

    For Joseph and Loretta Baca, 2016 will go down as a milestone as they celebrate one of their radio stations turning 75.  

    KFUN hit the airwaves in the Meadow City on Christmas Day 1941 under the ownership of visionaries Ernie and Dorothy Thwaites.

    The anniversary is particularly meaningful for Joseph Baca, who worked for KFUN for many years.  

    “It is gratifying and humbling...,” Joseph Baca said. “Now, we are part of KFUN’s history and birthday.”

  • Fraud cases against Trujillo moving forward

    The three criminal cases against the former chief of the state Public Education Department’s Professional Licensure Bureau — who is accused of fraud, forgery and other crimes — are back on track.

    All three cases against Charles Trujillo were placed on hold in September after a potential conflict of interest arose due to the fact that Trujillo’s attorney, Sam Bregman, previously represented one of the state’s witnesses in an employment matter.

  • Crash leads to diesel spill in Cimarron River

    The Associated Press

    EAGLE NEST — New Mexico’s Environmental Department is assessing the impact of a fuel spill into the Cimarron River outside the community of Eagle Nest.

    State police say the driver of a tanker truck carrying diesel fuel and gasoline allowed the truck to slide off the north side of U.S. 64 and it plunged into the river. The crash happened Tuesday about five miles west of the community in northeastern New Mexico’s Colfax County.

    State police reported no injuries to the driver.

  • Tips sought in bighorn poaching case

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is requesting the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in the poaching of a bighorn sheep off N.M. 518 near Sipapu ski area on Dec. 22.

    A bighorn sheep was killed that morning near Comales Campground sometime between 9:20 a.m. and noon on the hillside off the east side of the highway just above the pulloff where a blue Adopt-a-Highway memorial sign dedicated to Sonny James Marquez stands.

  • HU recycling coordinator earns statewide recognition

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The recycling coordinator at Highlands University earned top honors as the New Mexico Recycling Employee/Operator of the Year in 2016.

    The New Mexico Recycling Coalition named Carmen Lopez for the award, which recognizes individuals and entities for their outstanding work to promote recycling, composting and solid waste best practices.

  • Weather - Dec. 30, 2016


    HIGH 55° / LOW 32°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    Friday night— partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
    7:10 a.m. to 4:57 p.m.


    HIGH 43° / LOW 26°
    A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
    7:10 a.m. to 4:58 p.m.


  • Que Pasa - Dec. 30, 2016


    The annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place at Storrie Lake State Park.

    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2.


    7 p.m.
    El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers’ Association will hold its Board Meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 49 Mirasol Road. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.

  • Obama retaliates against Russia

    By Tami Abdollah and Josh Lederman
    The Associated Press

    HONOLULU — In a sweeping response to election hacking, President Barack Obama on Thursday sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and shuttered two Russian-owned compounds in the U.S. It was the strongest action the Obama administration has taken to date to retaliate for a cyberattack.

  • Campaign finance reform on agenda

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Senate majority leader and longtime open government advocate Peter Wirth says the time might be right for an overhaul of the state’s campaign finance laws.

    The Santa Fe Democrat has been pushing for years to require more reporting of campaign spending and fundraising and to address the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which removed caps on how much corporations, unions and interest groups can spend as long as they don’t coordinate with candidates.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 30, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Minimum wage hike likely
    SANTA FE — The new Democratic majority in the New Mexico Legislature is likely to take up a statewide minimum wage increase next year and send the proposal to Republican Gov. Susanna Martinez, who vetoed the last pay raise that reached her desk.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that two bills have already been filed by Democrats for the 2017 Legislature to raise the wage.