Local News

  • 2 locals among HU finalists

    Two current Highlands University officials — one a high level administrator and the other a faculty member — are among six finalists vying to be the school’s next president.

    The names of the six finalists selected by the university’s Presidential Search Committee were released publicly on Thursday afternoon.

  • Getting creative
  • Man gets 10 years in drug case

    An area man with a history of drug arrests was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for trafficking heroin.

    District Judge Gerald Baca sentenced Larry Lujan, 34, to prison on Wednesday. Lujan will also be on supervised probation for five years after he is released from prison.

    Lujan was facing a total of 17 years in prison — nine years on the trafficking charge and an additional eight years under New Mexico’s habitual offender enhancement statute. The district attorney’s office had asked Baca to impose the maximum sentence.

  • Griego replacement sworn in on Friday

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Torrance County Republican Ted Barela is the newest member of the New Mexico Senate.

    He was sworn in Friday during a ceremony at the Estancia Community Center.

    Barela fills the seat left vacant by the abrupt resignation of Democrat Phil Griego during the final week of the recent 60-day legislative session.

    Griego, who resides in San Miguel County, held the Senate District 39 seat for more than 18 years. His resignation stemmed from an ethics issue over his role in the sale of a state-owned building in Santa Fe.

  • Looking Back - April 20, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, April 21, 1965 — Fire yesterday afternoon completely gutted Swanson’s Laundry and Dry Cleaning establishment on Twelfth Street, resulting in damage estimated at at least $250,000, but the business was open today in the  garage. Dry cleaning and laundry which was to have been picked up yesterday or before was saved from the cleaners’ office on the north end of trhe building. Also all records and office equipment was saved from the office. The main portion of the laundry was completely destroyed, with both the floor and roof caved in.

  • Looking ahead - News - April 20, 2015

    A community-wide meeting will be held to discuss Rio Gallinas School of Ecology and the Arts, the only kindergarten through eighth grade charter school in the two districts, and how the school contributes to education in Las Vegas. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at the Sala de Madrid on the Highlands campus.

  • Weather - April 20, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 10-15 mph in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.


  • LANL facing contract dispute

    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — Talks between the security workers who protect Los Alamos National Laboratory and the contractor that employs them are stalled.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports replacement guards are preparing to deploy to protect employees and high-security areas at the northern New Mexico lab as early as next week if a resolution is not reached.

    The contract at issue covers about 230 workers. It’s set to expire April 25.

  • Heinrich apologizes for error

    The Associated Press

    U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich has repaid the federal government for reimbursements he received over a two-year period for personal taxi and ride-booking costs.

    The New Mexico Democrat’s office conducted a review of its records after USA Today came across a long series of small-dollar transactions for travel reimbursement as part of a review of Senate expenses.

  • River clean up