Today's News

  • 450 affected by city billing glitch

    A software glitch in the city’s new automated meter reading system resulted in incorrect bills for about 450 of the city’s natural gas customers.

    The city disclosed the problem in a news release issued Thursday evening.

    The 450 customers affected were overbilled four their natural gas usage in May.

  • 10 Pecos seniors also Luna grads

    They walked the line during a college graduation prior to their own high school commencement exercise. Earlier this month roughly 22 percent of the Pecos High School graduating class received their associates certificate or degree from Luna Community College prior to their high school diploma courtesy of a dual enrollment program. Then last weekend they received their high school diplomas.

  • City OKs parting gift for some cops

    Las Vegas Optic

    Longtime city police officers in good standing will be allowed to keep their primary duty weapons under a resolution approved unanimously by the City Council last week.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño proposed the resolution as a way to honor longtime officers. Under the old system, duty weapons had to be returned to the city upon an officer’s retirement.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 26, 2014

    The Associated Press

    6 killed in
    I-10 crash

    DEMING — Several vehicles were involved in a crash on an interstate highway in southwestern New Mexico during a dust storm, killing at least six people, the State Patrol said.
    The crash occurred about 5:30 p.m. MDT Thursday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in Hidalgo County, several miles from the Arizona border.

  • Carlsbad growing fastest in NM

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Carlsbad and other oil patch communities in southeastern New Mexico are the fastest growing in the state, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.

    According to the agency’s latest estimates, the population of Carlsbad increased about 3.4 percent, to 27,653 people, from mid-2012 in July 2013.

    Nearby Hobbs was close behind with growth of 3.1 percent.

  • Looking Ahead - news - May 26, 2014

    Celebration of learning
    Rio Gallinas School will have a Celebration of Learning from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27 at Plaza Hotel Ballroom. Topic is immigration reform. Watch a documentary, hear speeches, and form your own opinion about what should happen with immigration reform today.

  • Looking Back
  • Weather - May 26, 2014

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

  • Que Pasa - May 26, 2014

    • The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday and will re-open on Tuesday, May 27.
    • San Miguel County offices will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day and  will reopen on Tuesday, May 27.


  • Book examines Shakespeare in Cuba

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University English professor Donna Woodford-Gormley was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend to complete her book that explores Cuban cultural adaptations of Shakespeare.

    Woodford-Gormley is the only Shakespeare scholar conducting research in Cuba.