Local News

  • Highlands to begin offering MFA degree

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Media arts students will have expanded employment opportunities, thanks to a new degree program at Highlands University.

    The new Master of Fine Arts degree in media arts and cultural technology is the first terminal degree in Highlands University’s history. A terminal degree is the highest degree awarded in a particular field. 

  • Senior Profile - Jake and Jeanette Yara

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Likely to be the youngest profile subjects in our files, Jake and Jeanette have, singly and as a couple, much to be proud of in their lives and careers in the field of Education.

    He was born in May, and she in November…but contrary to the old saw, theirs is not a May-November romance. Both were born in 1952.

  • Stabbing suspect pleads guilty in Nevada

    The 18 year-old Wyoming man accused of stabbing an Anton Chico woman and taking her car in October has entered a guilty plea to a related charge in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Dallas Lynn Jones, 18, pleaded guilty last week to one count of attempted possession of a stolen vehicle, which in Nevada can be treated as either a felony or a gross misdemeanor. The stolen vehicle the charge stems from is a 2015 Jeep Patriot forcefully taken in Las Vegas.

  • Jail Log Nov. 27, 2015

    Leroy Valdez, 32, hold for court
    Kenneth Berry, 46, receiving or transferring stolen vehicles
    Robert Garcia, 46, failure to pay child support
    Felicia St. Pierre, 24, hold for court
    Paul Palomino, 31, hold for court
    Christopher Trujillo, 24, intimidation of a witness
    Larry Romero, 55, aggravated DWI, expired registration, improper registration, no insurance
    Jessica Huttenburg, 28, hold for court

  • AG: More funding for law enforcement

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says the state faces a public safety crisis and his agency needs resources to respond to everything from police officer shootings to consumer fraud.

    Balderas has joined the chorus of state officials seeking more money in what’s sure to be another slim budget year. He testified recently before the Legislative Finance Committee in Santa Fe and later reiterated his concerns in a letter.

  • Hot toys this holiday season

    The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Which toys will warm the hearts of parents and kids for the holiday 2015 shopping season?
    Holiday toys hit the shelves in recent weeks. And so far, just as in the past few years, there’s no single hot toy emerging. But anything “Star Wars,” life-like robotic pets and remote controlled toys should drive sales.
    The Associated Press has compiled a list of some of this year’s expected hot toys and trends for 2015:


  • Feds want to seize Vegas assets

    Federal authorities plan to pursue forfeiture proceedings on six parcels of real property in Las Vegas that they allege are connected to a major drug-trafficking and money-laundering organization.

  • Jazz and Laughs
  • El Sombrero to serve free Thanksgiving dinner

    A nearly two-decade old tradition will continue at one local restaurant for Thanksgiving. El Sombrero Restaurant’s free Thanksgiving dinner will offer everyone a delicious home-style meal on Thursday.

    The dinner is free and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the restaurant located at 825 Mills Ave.

    This year will feature a feast of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, salad, cranberry sauce and mixed vegetables.

  • House Dems outline finance reform plan

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — House Democratic leaders on Monday rolled out their proposals for reforming New Mexico’s scandal-plagued campaign finance reporting system and creating a statewide ethics commission, measures they say would help restore voters’ faith in government.

    They also want to toughen a pension forfeiture law aimed at corrupt elected officials and require that donations funneled to winning candidates for inaugural celebrations be reported just as any another campaign contributions.