Today's News

  • West schools chief gets contract extension

    Christopher Gutierrez will lead the West Las Vegas Schools at least another school year.

    During a board meeting Thursday, the board unanimously approved a one-year contract for Gutierrez. The contract will expire on June 30, 2018.

    “The board is happy with Mr. Gutierrez’s performance, especially with regard to his plans on addressing the district school grades,” board chairman David Romero said. “I am happy to see that he has the total support of the board.”

  • Anton Chico man charged in shooting

    A 23-year-old Anton Chico man was arrested and charged with three felonies last week for allegedly firing a handgun at a passing vehicle in Tecolotito.

    No one was injured in the incident, which occurred Tuesday.

    Robert A. Saiz, who resides on Mescalero Drive, has been charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle, and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, all fourth-degree felonies. He is also facing two petty misdemeanor counts of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - In Jeannette Rankin’s footsteps

    By Beth Urech

    I’m going to Santa Fe on Saturday, Jan. 21, for the Women’s March on Washington/Santa Fe. I never marched in a high school band twirling a baton or tooting a trombone. Nor did I join any protests in my younger years so this will be my first-ever march.

  • Las Vegas’ celluloid legacy

    By Tripp Stelnicki
    Santa Fe New Mexican

    Romaine Fielding, the original auteur, came here to test the boundaries of an emerging medium.

    Tom Mix, the original cowboy, established an American archetype that would endure for more than a century.

    In 1913, Fielding arrived in the Meadow City and made 10 films over a few short months. Mix made at least 20 more in the San Miguel County railroad town in the fall of 1915.

  • AG sues troubled school district

    The Associated Press

    ESPANOLA — A troubled northern New Mexico school district whose finances were recently taken over by the state now is facing legal action from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas for refusing to turn over records.

    The state Attorney General’s Office on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Española Public Schools District in Rio Arriba State District Court to force the district to comply with an open records request sent months ago.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 15, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Medicaid spending drops
    SANTA FE — New Mexico officials say Medicaid health care for the poor and disabled will be less costly than previously expected this fiscal year and next year, easing financial pressures amid a state budget crisis.

  • Whooping cough cases in infants increase in NM

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico health officials say the number of cases of whooping cough in infants has increased.

    The Health Department is investigating four infant cases reported in December. The cases are from Eddy, Curry, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties.

    The agency says this is the largest cluster of whooping cough cases investigated by the state since August 2013.

  • Weather - Jan. 15, 2017


    HIGH 39° / LOW 27°
    Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 39. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
    7:10 a.m. to 5:11 p.m.


    HIGH 39° / LOW 21°
    A 30 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Monday night — a 20 percent chance of snow.
    7:09 a.m. to 5:12 p.m.


  • Deadline for LANL scholarship Tuesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Applications for 2017 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund awards and all supporting materials are due on Tuesday, Jan 17. Submissions may be made through an online portal at www.lanlfoundation.org/scholarships.

  • Special tour on tap