Today's News

  • ‘The ultimate fight’ - Graduate has been battling cancer

    For many teens, high school years are about proms, homecoming, Friday night football games, basketball games and plenty of fun. For Kayla Romero they were filled with countless doctor visits, trips to Denver for treatments, and hospital stays as she battled re-occurring Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

    But Romero has refused to let the devastating disease get the best of her. On Friday evening, Romero will join her Mora High School classmates and receive a diploma that she worked tirelessly for despite battling the disease not once but twice during her four years of high school.

  • Gov pushing summer reading

    Gov. Susana Martinez is challenging New Mexico students entering the second, third and fourth grades to read over the summer by offering them prizes and chances to win grand prizes like a hot air balloon ride with her, the chance to be a Junior Zookeeper for a day at the ABQBioPark and even an all-expenses-paid family trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.

  • Suspects in murder, arson captured

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas police now have three suspects in custody in connection with the Saturday morning shooting death of Angel Arroyo, 32, at an apartment on the 1100 block of 12th  Street that was then torched in an apparent effort to cover up the crime.

    “We cannot stop every major crime but we have proven to be very successful at apprehending suspects on major crimes very quickly in order to keep our community safe,” said Christian Montano, Las Vegas Police Chief.

  • Oklahoma twister devastates suburb

    By Nomaan Merchant and Tim Talley
    The Associated Press

    MOORE, Okla.  — Emergency crews combed the sticks and rubble remains of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday morning less than a day after a massive tornado slammed through the community, flattening homes and demolishing an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least seven children, and those numbers were expected to climb.

    As the sun rose over the shattered community of Moore, the state medical examiner’s office cut the estimated death toll by more than half.

  • Driver in fatal crash getting death threats

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Bail was set at $100,000 cash or  $200,000 property for Wayne Lovato on Monday after he was arraigned on child abuse resulting in death and other charges stemming from an April wreck on Interstate-25 that left two teens dead and five others injured.

    The charges come on the heels on an earlier preliminary hearing during which testimony was heard in the case that will now be tried in adult court, where adult sanctions will be pursued if Lovato is convicted.

  • Highlands, State Land Office sign collaboration agreement

    Submitted to the Optic

    State Land Commissioner Ray Powell and New Mexico Highlands University signed an agreement last week to share critical information about the species of plants and animals on state trust land and to work cooperatively on large projects like forest thinning in northern New Mexico.

  • In Brief - Las Vegas News - May 22, 2013

    Seat belt ticket blitz under way
    The state Department of Transportation is warning motorists to buckle up or risk getting a ticket.
    Every year during the Memorial Day holiday period, May 20-June 2, law enforcement agencies join forces from coast to coast for an enforcement blitz that delivers on the message: Click It or Ticket.
    DOT said in a news release that the mobilization is supported by national and local paid advertising and earned media campaigns aimed at raising awareness before the blitz.

  • 360 flowers planted downtown

    Submitted to the Optic

    Eighteen community volunteers were out on Saturday adding soil and mulch to all the planter boxes downtown.  

  • Looking Back - May 22, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 22, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie Library
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Sam at the Seaside” by Mary Labatt. Event is free and open to the public.