Local News

  • HU has new digs in Santa Fe

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Santa Fe Center is at a new location that makes it easier for students to access higher education and complete their degree at a one-stop center.

    Highlands Santa Fe is located at the new Santa Fe Higher Education Center, which opened for classes Jan. 12 and celebrated its grand opening Jan. 14. The center is at 1950 Siringo Road – at the northeast corner of Siringo and Yucca Street.

  • Firefighters honored - 3 promoted, 1 receives award

    Las Vegas firefighters took center stage at last week’s City Council meeting, as fire Chief Phillip Mares recognized three of them who have been promoted and a fourth who helped save a life.

    Billy Montoya, who has been with the fire department for more than 14 years, was promoted from lieutenant to commander, the department’s second highest position.  The commander position had been vacant due to a retirement.

    Mares noted that Montoya started off as a firefighter and worked his way up to engineer, lieutenant and now commander.

  • Chief justice: Courts need more money

    By Astrid Galvan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico courts are heavily overburdened and need millions more in funding, the state’s top judge said Thursday.

    Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Vigil told legislators during the State of the Judiciary address that courts need nearly $172 million in funding this upcoming fiscal year, which begins in July.

    That’s about a 9 percent increase in funding over last year.

  • Phone town hall on insurance is Tuesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    BeWellNM, the official state marketplace for New Mexicans to shop, buy, and compare health plans, will be hosting a free telephone town hall for residents of Santa Fe, Taos, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Mora, and Los Alamos counties at 7 p.m.  Tuesday.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 26, 2015

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  • Looking ahead - News - Jan. 26, 2015

    Entrepreneurship Forum is this evening
    Entrepreneurship Forum, presentations by Leroy Lujan of LNM Plumbing, Jessica McGee of The Rock Taproom and Grill, and Diana Whitten of Wild Bill Barbecue, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, at El Fidel Hotel. Open to the public. For more information, call Andrea Gottschalk at 425-6113.

  • Weather - Jan. 26, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 62. North wind around 5 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 33. East wind around 5 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36.

    Sunny, with a high near 60. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:05 a.m. to 5:22 p.m.

  • East candidates tackle issues

    In less than two weeks, voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots in either the Las Vegas City Schools or West Las Vegas School board elections. On Tuesday, voters of the Las Vegas City Schools district had a chance to listen to board candidates tackle the issues head on.

    The election will fill four of the five seats on the board of the east side school district. Two of the four seats on the board are contested. All four seats are at-large within the Las Vegas City Schools board district.

    Election Day for both school districts is Feb. 3.

  • Digging out - Storm causes delays, closures

    A winter storm brought much needed moisture to northeast New Mexico Wednesday and Thursday, dumping several  inches of snow in the area and leaving roadways icy.

    Treacherous driving conditions prompted schools and offices throughout the area to either close completely on Thursday or start two hours later than normal.

  • Few surprised by ruling in Mora case

    Disappointed, yes. Surprised, not so much.

    That was Santa Fe attorney Jeff Haas’ reaction to Monday’s ruling by a federal judge throwing out Mora County’s community rights ordinance, which sought to ban all oil and gas drilling in the county and limit the rights currently enjoyed by corporations.