Local News

  • Highlands, provost to part ways

    A little more than two years after she was hired as New Mexico Highlands University’s provost and vice president of academic affairs, Teresita Aguilar and the university are parting ways.

  • National group chides Alta Vista

    The National Organization for Women delivered a swift rebuke to Alta Vista Regional Hospital earlier this month, criticizing the local hospital for its decision to close its obstetrics unit in March.

    The organization’s Santa Fe regional chapter wrote a scathing letter to Chris Wolf, chief executive officer at the local hospital, expressing the organization’s dismay over the hospital’s decision.  

  • Missing artwork replaced

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    For decades, seven Depression-era murals that lined the lobby walls in Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium were missing one of their own, a blank space on the wall testified to a mysterious missing mural. The series of eight murals is complete again, thanks to a new oil painting by a Highlands student.

  • NM gets $3.3M for legal help

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, — State officials say New Mexico has received $3.3 million to help provide legal assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure.

    The money is from a 2014 settlement with Bank of America and its subsidiaries over mortgage practices.

    Terms of the settlement restrict use of the money to foreclosure prevention legal assistance and community redevelopment.

    In New Mexico, the money will be awarded to legal aid groups based on grant applications.

  • Decision 2016 - Primary Election

    Registered Democrats and Republicans throughout New Mexico will go to the polls on June 7 to pick their nominees for the November general election.

    In San Miguel and Mora Counties, where no Republicans filed to run for open commission, treasurer and clerk positions, the June 7 election is particularly important because the winners in the Democratic primaries are all but guaranteed the posts.

  • Senior Profile - Ex-paratrooper served under JFK

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Navor Roybal credits swimming for his continued ability to walk.

    The 78-year-old nearly lifelong Las Vegas resident swims 20 laps seven days a week at the New Mexico Highlands University Natatorium. He’s been doing it for more than 30 years despite having a Pacemaker after suffering a heart attack in his early 60s.

  • West board asks state to pick new board member

    The four members of the West Las Vegas School Board were unable to reach a decision Wednesday evening on who should fill the vacant seat on their board, so they are leaving it up to state Education Secretary Hanna Skandera to decide.

    The vacancy was created by the resignation of Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez in April. Benavidez was found ineligible to serve on the board due to a felony drug conviction.

  • Mom pursuing alleged bullying

    April Romero said summer vacation could not have come sooner enough for her son.

    The end of the school year meant her sixth- grade son will now take a break from the alleged bullying he has encountered this past school year at Memorial Middle School.

    Recently, Romero took her son’s story to social media in an effort to bring attention to the alleged bullying issues in the school site.

  • Some Hispanics face ridicule over support for Trump

    By Steve Peoples and Jill Colvin

    The Associated Press

    ANAHEIM, Calif.  — Hispanic voters in Florida, New Mexico and California have waved Mexican flags and bashed Donald Trump piñatas — clashing with police, at times — to protest the Republican presidential contender’s hard line approach to immigration.

  • Finally, cap and gown for ex-judge

    The Associated Press

    MORA — Former state District Judge Matias A. Zamora will finally get to participate in his high school graduation ceremony, something he was unable to do 70 years ago when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

    Zamora will don a cap and gown during Friday’s ceremony in the northern New Mexico community of Mora. He’ll be celebrating with 30 graduating seniors.

    New Mexico Veterans’ Services Secretary Jack Fox will be among the speakers who will honor Zamora.