Today's News

  • NMHU men 9th, miss nationals cut

    With two of their regular-season heroes ailing, the New Mexico Highlands cross country teams found themselves on the outside of the nationals picture on Saturday as the NCAA Division II South Central Regional played out in Denver.

    The Highlands men finished ninth with 220 team points behind champion Adams State (26), Western State (58), Colorado School of Mines (75), Colorado-Colorado Springs (118), Eastern New Mexico (174), Fort Lewis (178), West Texas A&M (211) and Metro State (216).

  • Regional water approach pushed

    State Engineer Scott Verhines was one of the first speakers. He talked about the importance of regional water plans to about 100 people who turned out for Tuesday’s first-ever Northeastern New Mexico Regional Water Symposium.

    Then they were all given a reality check.

    The bad news came from John Longworth, chief of the Water Use & Conservation Bureau, as he spoke about the longstanding drought and what to expect this winter.

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  • Vegas has state’s top murder rate

    The city of Las Vegas had the highest murder rate in New Mexico in 2011, drawing a dubious distinction in the latest crime statistics released by the FBI this week.

    The annual Crime in the United States 2011 report contains mixed news for Las Vegas. Overall, both violent and property crime in the city is down.

  • Poll: Luján holds big lead over Byrd

    No matter which way you look at the 3rd Congressional District race, challenger Jefferson Byrd faces an uphill battle as he tries to unseat democratic incumbent Ben Ray Luján.

    Byrd, a Republican, is seeking to represent northern New Mexico’s congressional district, a district where Democrats far outnumber Republicans. And he’s trying to do it with far less money than Luján.

  • Cops nab 17 for drugs, warrants

    Seventeen people were arrested Saturday on drug trafficking charges and outstanding warrants as part of a new initiative that has been launched by local law enforcement.

    The initiative is called Operation Safe Streets, and it was launched by the Las Vegas Police Department and the Region IV Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force.

    Operation Safe Streets targets neighborhoods in the city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County in an effort to reduce crime and drug trafficking.

  • Consumers urged to ‘shift’ shopping habits

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance’s Cross the Bridge holiday shop-local promotion isn’t new.

    Beginning Nov. 1, through Dec. 24, shoppers who accumulate $50 in purchases across participating LVFIBA merchants are eligible to be entered into a random drawing for cash prizes. (See page C6 for details).

    What’s new this year is a simultaneous campaign to challenge shoppers to “Shift Your Shopping.”

  • Looking Back - Nov. 2, 2012

    In 1962

    Thursday, Nov. 1 — County Republican candidates have been holding meetings and rallies throughout the county this week, prior to big meeting rallies in Pecos and Las Vegas, with state and county candidates in attendance. County candidates speaking in Los Montoyas last night invited all county residents to attend the rally at Pecos on Saturday and at the West Las Vegas High School gymnasium Sunday.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 2, 2012

    Early voting ends Saturday

    If you’re looking to beat the Election Day rush to cast a ballot, you better hurry. Early voting wraps up Saturday. Early ballots can be cast at the county clerk’s office, located at 500 West National Ave., from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and at the San Miguel Senior Citizens Center in Ribera from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Weather - Nov. 2, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming west in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. West wind around 10 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Northeast wind around 10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35.