Today's News

  • DA’s daughter involved in DWI crash

    The 17-year-old daughter of District Attorney Richard Flores was arrested last weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after she crashed her car near the intersection of Valley and Keen streets.

    Police reports released to the Optic on Friday morning state that Cameron Flores smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. The reports also reveal that an open container was found inside the vehicle she was driving, and that she admitted to an officer that she had consumed alcohol.

  • Alta Vista still struggling to recruit OBs

    By Staci Matlock
    The New Mexican

    Four months after Alta Vista Regional Hospital shuttered its labor, delivery and pediatric services with only six days’ notice to patients and providers, the Las Vegas region’s only hospital is still struggling to find medical staff needed to help pregnant women deliver babies close to home.

  • Witnesses discuss senator’s dual role in land deal

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New eyewitness accounts of former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego’s intricate involvement in the sale of a state-owned building emerged in a third day of hearings to determine if he should stand trial on allegations of using his standing as senator to earn a private sales commission.

  • In Brief - News - July 10, 2016

    Optic Staff and
    The Associated Press

    2 seriously hurt  in I-25 crash

    Two people sustained serious injuries on Tuesday, when the Hyundai they were traveling in rolled over on Interstate 25 near Watrous.

    The passenger, Lizette Rodriquez, 23, from Sunland Park, was ejected in the rollover, with the car coming to rest on top of her.

    The driver was Marco Antonio Montero, 20, from El Paso. The crash occurred around 6 a.m., near mile marker  378.

  • Trump trips on Saddam’s record

    Editor’s note: A look at the veracity of claims by public officials.

    By Calvin Woodward
    and Robert Burns
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump gives credit where credit isn’t due when he brands Saddam Hussein a potent foil of terrorists.

  • Clinton email claims collapse under FBI probe

    Editor’s note: A look at the veracity of claims by public officials.

    By Stephen Braun and Jack Gillum
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Key assertions by Hillary Clinton in defense of her email practices have collapsed under FBI scrutiny.

  • Police shootings of black men stir fears, anger among blacks

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE— One black man is shot dead by police while selling CDs outside of a convenience store in Louisiana. A day later, another is fatally shot by an officer in Minnesota during a traffic stop over a tail light. The two killings captured on video and broadcast across the world have left many African-Americans seething and disconsolate, and wondering if they ever will see an end to the drumbeat of minority death at the hand of law enforcement in the United States.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 10 - 2016
  • Editorial: A sad day for our country

    What the heck is happening to our country? That’s a question many of us are asking ourselves following the fatal shootings last week of two black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota and the subsequent ambush-style killings of five police officers in Dallas.

    The horrific events that unfolded last week are vivid reminders of just how fractured race relations have become in this country. It’s as if the progress made during the civil rights movement is being washed away.

  • Just a Thought: No one can promise you tomorrow

    Every marriage relationship can be improved. It doesn’t matter if you have been married for one month or 40 years, whether it is your first marriage or your third, whether you are 18 or 62. There is something you can do to better meet the needs of the one you have pledged your life to.