Today's News

  • Candidates clash over voting rights in New Mexico debate

    By Morgan Lee

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two candidates vying to become New Mexico's top elections and campaign finance regulator used a debate on Sunday morning to present sharply different visions of how to run the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office.

  • Friday night football: Cards, Dons win big, put foes away early

    Las Vegas' prep football teams remain unbeaten in District 2-4A after dispatching a pair of visiting rivals Friday night. 

    No. 1 ranked Robertson shut out Santa Fe Indian 55-0 to win its homecoming game midway through the third quarter at Cardinal Stadium. 

    Across town, No. 5 West Las Vegas routed Bernalillo 58-7 with 4:53 on the clock in the third at the Herrera Complex. 

    The twin mercy-rule wins elevate the Cardinals to 7-0 and the Dons to 6-1.

  • A train lover’s delight

    By Cindra Kline
    For the Optic

    The trains will be a chuggin’ next weekend at The Plaza Hotel!

    As part of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors’ fifth annual Fred Harvey celebration, Las Vegas will be the site of the largest “O” gauge train set-up in the state, surpassing the size of the annual Christmas train display long enjoyed at Santa Fe’s First National Bank. The track length will be longer and elevated at the Plaza Hotel for a dramatic, 360-degree viewing opportunity.

  • Millions at stake for Luna, Highlands in election

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The local economy will benefit and historic Rodgers Hall on the Highlands University campus will be renovated if voters approve Higher Education Bond C, NMHU officials say.

    “During the past decade, general obligation higher education bonds have brought about $13 million to the Las Vegas economy,” said Highlands University President Sam Minner. “If approved this year, Bond C will bring $6.5 million locally, including $4.5 million for Highlands and $2 million for Luna Community College.”

  • Accidental shootings claim kid every other day

    Editor’s note: Part of an ongoing collaboration between The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network to examine issues related to gun violence in America.

    By Ryan J. Foley, Larry Fenn and Nick Penzenstadler
    The Associated Press

    Hours earlier, he was a happy 4-year-old who loved Ironman and the Hulk and all the Avengers. Now, as Bryson Mees-Hernandez approached death in a Houston hospital room, his brain swelling through the bullet hole in his face, his mother assured the boy it was OK to die.

  • ‘Stupid idea’ leads to charges

    A Las Vegas man has found himself facing three felony charges from what he calls a “stupid idea.”

    Markose Pacheco of the 500 block of Valley was arrested on Oct. 12 after admitting to police that he shot a .22 caliber handgun into the air while driving on Grand Avenue. He is now charged with three fourth degree felonies stemming from the incident, including shooting at or from a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

  • Gun safety advocates pump money into state races

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Fall legislative elections are thrusting New Mexico into the national political tussle over access to firearms and whether current restrictions and background checks are sufficient to stem violence.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 16, 2016

    The Associated Press

  • Cartel spawned opioid crisis

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Butler Eagle of Pennsylvania and was first published on Oct. 10.

    When confronted with a deadly force that could threaten your existence, it’s crucial to know as much as you can about the force before you respond. You can’t outrun a bear, for example, but shouting and pepper spray are likely to scare it away. Running from a bear could get you killed.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 16, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Lima (Ohio) News on organ donations (Oct. 6):
    Giving the gift of hope and life through an organ transplant is both precious and powerful...
    Providing someone a second chance at life is a noble gift that most of us support, including nearly all organized religions. Yet, far too few people have actually joined a registry or discussed the topic of donation with their families.
    That’s a tragedy in itself as it has led to a tremendous shortage of organs and tissues.