Today's News

  • GOP-controlled House passes REAL ID bill

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A Republican-sponsored bill aimed at putting New Mexico in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act passed in the House on Wednesday despite objections from immigrant advocates and an uncertain future in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

    The proposal was approved by a largely 39-30 party vote after moving through two committees in the first week of the 30-day legislative session, highlighting anxieties lawmakers have about the future of the state’s driver’s licenses.

  • Jail Log Jan. 29, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 14 and 25:
    Michelle Lopez-Sanchez, 40, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Nick Ortiz, 40, failure to pay child support, bench warrant, SM District
    Dion C DeBaca, 37, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Nicholas Roybal, 33, holding for court, SM District
    Raymond Sanchez, 42, failure to appear
    Michelle Espinoza, 44, 25-day commitment
    Gloria Jennings, 44, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Warrants point to allegations of fraud

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Search warrants targeting bank records, invoices, emails and other documents related to the financial activities of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission are shining new light on accusations of possible fraud and embezzlement by the commission’s executive director.

  • Thumbs Jan. 29, 2016


  • Dispatch New Mexico- Poor kids missing from gov’s agenda

    Perhaps the harshest and most valid criticism of Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State speech wasn’t so much for what she said as what she didn’t say. She made no mention of child poverty in New Mexico.

    It’s so relevant to this state’s future that it’s hard to fathom the omission — especially when it comes to law enforcement, one of the governor’s top priorities.

    Plus, her timing couldn’t have been worse.

  • Editorial Cartoons Jan. 29, 2016
  • Looking Back Jan. 29, 2015

    Friday, Jan. 28, 1966 — The large balloon carrying instruments which was supposed to come to the ground some 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas late Thursday afternoon went astray. The upper winds were more westerly than southwesterly, apparently for the Las Vegas FAA flight service station said late Thursday that the balloon and load had come to rest about 35 miles northwest of Guthrie, Texas, at 4:26 p.m. Thursday.

  • Weather Jan. 29, 2016


    HIGH 58° / LOW 32°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Friday night ­— partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

    7:03 a.m. to 5:25 p.m.



    HIGH 57° / LOW 34°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Saturday night — mostly clear, with a low around 34.

    7:02 a.m. to 5:26 p.m.


  • AAUW awards scholarships to two Highlands students

    Submitted to the Optic

    Two women students attending Highlands University will have a lighter financial load, thanks to the local branch of the American Association of University Women.  

    Leticia Merrills-Gonzalez and Eliza Montoya have each received $1,000 from the AAUW Las Vegas Branch, funds raised through the group’s twice-yearly used book sales.

  • Que Pasa Jan. 29, 2016

    1 to 3:30 p.m.
    Eighth Annual Literacy Fair will take place at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. This event is sponsored by The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the LV Arts Council. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dorothy T. Maestas at 454-0005.