Local News

  • Restraining order threatened

    Several parents of Los Niños Elementary School students are fuming after the school district’s superintendent demanded that they leave the school and even threatened to hit them with a restraining order earlier this month.

    The incident occurred on Nov. 13, while students were in class. The parents were meeting at the school to talk about plans for the upcoming electric light parade and holiday program when Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova told them to leave.

  • Homes tour, light parades, Santa on tap for weekend

    The holiday season has officially arrived and the Las Vegas area is ready for it. Hot chocolate, Victorian homes decorated in the holiday spirit, Santa Claus, light parades, and thousands of luminarias are all in the plans for next weekend.

    Starting off the festivities is an annual Las Vegas Citizens’ or Historic Preservation Holiday Historical Homes tour from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening. This year’s tour features Carnegie Library, the local First Methodist Church, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, and six homes — all decorated for the holiday season.

  • Weather - Nov. 29, 2015


    HIGH 42° / LOW 21°
    A 10 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. South wind around 10 mph.
    6:50 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


    HIGH 42° / LOW 20°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Monday night —
    mostly clear, with a low around 20.
    6:51 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


  • Highlands student found dead

    New Mexico State Police are once again investigating the on-campus death of a Highlands University student.

    Fidel Trujillo, the university’s dean of students, sent out a campuswide email Wednesday afternoon announcing the death.

    In his email, Trujillo notes that the student is 21 and that campus police discovered the student’s body in his residence hall room during a welfare check.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 29, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1965 — Danny Herrera, the West Las Vegas Dons six-foot center, is rated among the nation’s top high school basketball players, along with four other New Mexico cagers in “Basketball” magazine. Danny is one of the Dons’ most consistent scorers as well as a tough defensive player who snagged 21 rebounds in the Dons’ first game this year. Danny is tied with teammate Pete Lucero with 26 points made in the first game against the Wagon Mound Trojans.


  • Looking a lot like Christmas
  • No need to be shy about reaching for prepared pie crusts

    By Katie Workman
    The Associated Press

    I am an unabashed fan of refrigerated pie crusts. I am certain that the number of pies I would make if I was only allowed to make crust from scratch would be about 15 percent of my current pie output. And I know that my friends and family would be very sad should that happen.

    The refrigerated stuff is great. It just gets a quick roll on the counter, then with a quick fold-and-transfer-technique (see the recipe for how it’s done) it’s in the pan in a snap. Couldn’t be easier.

  • Entertaining this holiday season? You need our cheese puffs

    By Alison Ladman
    The Associated Press

  • 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.