Local News

  • Report: N.M. now last in child well-being

    By Mary Hudetz, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — As the number of children living in poverty and without health insurance increased in New Mexico, the state fell to last place nationwide in child well-being, a new report released Wednesday showed.

    The state’s standing in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report marked a five-year low for New Mexico, which has struggled for years in the rankings and historically has had one of the nation’s highest poverty rates.

  • New Mexico in Brief, Friday, June 29, 2018

    The Associated Press

    Election results certified; two recounts ordered

    SANTA FE  — New Mexico election officials have certified the results from the June primary and have ordered an automatic recount in two contests.

    Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced the certification after the State Canvassing Board met Tuesday in Santa Fe.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 29, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 29, 2017.

  • Sardinas Canyon fire now bigger than 800 acres

    A forest fire burning in a rugged area of the Carson National Forest located between Mora and Taos grew considerably between Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening. 

    The Sardinas Canyon fire grew from about 85 acres Monday to more than 800 acres by late Wednesday. It is zero percent contained.

  • Superintendent: state's red tape slows City Schools facility changes

    While Las Vegas City Schools has tried to clear a legal and regulatory path to changes with two former facilities, its leader said the path is cluttered with paperwork and rules from multiple organizations — no matter what a government wants to do next with a building.

  • Group addresses Gallinas burglary concerns

    By Gwen Albers, Las Vegas Optic

    The last time fifth-generation Gallinas Canyon resident Ron Ortega remembered a rash of burglaries in the mountain community was 30 years ago.
    “The circumstances were very similar for the unusual amount of break-ins,” Ortega told some 50 residents during a meeting held on a recent Sunday over concerns for two recent home burglaries and a third at La Placita Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Grand (second) opening

    Energy Concepts Corporation, better known as ECC Solar, held a “grand second opening” event Saturday.

    The solar products and installation company is moving its main office from its off-the-grid Las Dispensas facility, that it’s occupied since 1999, to a building located at 617 Fifth St. in Las Vegas, next to the El Fidel Hotel.

    Food, prizes and live music were all a part of the event.

  • Camp Luna grass fire contained

    While a grass fire was quickly contained Sunday afternoon by San Miguel-area firefighters, a larger fire was still burning in nearby Taos County —and the threat of wildfires remains extremely high across the region.

    Most of the Carson National Forest will be closing soon due to persistent dry conditions. The Camino Real Ranger District is already closed.

    The 85-acre Sardinas Canyon Fire, located 15 miles southeast of Taos, New Mexico is burning in rugged, remote terrain. It was zero percent contained as of early Tuesday morning.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

  • Rowe man, 19, charged for contact with minor

    A Rowe man was arrested June 16 on three counts of criminal sexual penetration in the fourth degree after a state police investigation.

    Juan M. Vasquez, 20, was 19 when he was having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl who lives in the Pecos area. They had a relationship that began in the late summer of 2017 and was off-and-on until December, according to State Police reports.

    Reports do not mention why or how State Police learned of information that led to the investigation.