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  • Helping victims - Justice center here to help

    Corinne Dominguez found herself in an abusive marriage when she was 19. She sought the help of the church, but to no avail, and she eventually filed for divorce 11 months after her wedding.

    “It was pretty brutal,” she said. “My divorce was a like a year-long process.”

    Dominguez often questions how someone you love can turn into one’s worst nightmare, and wondered what  did wrong to get black eyes?

  • NMHU Dean awarded $2.9M grant

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University students will have more support to complete bachelor’s degrees in science and technology disciplines and math education, thanks to a $2.9-million U.S. Department of Education grant.

    The five-year grant is designed to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students who enter the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM, as well as secondary education math teachers.

  • MainStreet needs your help

    Submitted to the Optic

    Leveo Sanchez has issued a “Challenge Grant” of $10,000 to support MainStreet de Las Vegas and invites the Las Vegas community to participate.

  • Officials set to repackage radioactive waste

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Isolated in a temperature-controlled storage area at one of the nation’s premiere nuclear weapons laboratories, dozens of containers of radioactive waste similar to one that ruptured in 2014 remain under 24-hour surveillance, awaiting treatment so they can be stabilized and disposed of.

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced last week that treatment of the 60 containers is expected to begin next spring following a series of safety assessments and upgrades to the building where the work will be performed.

  • Court upholds conviction

    The Associated Press

    CLOVIS — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Clovis man, who was sentenced to life in prison for the 2007 killing of his mother’s boyfriend.

    State Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Albert Jose Ramirez will remain in prison after the court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division by affirming the murder conviction.

  • Weather - Dec. 4, 2016


    HIGH 45° / LOW 22°
    Sunny, with a high near 45. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
    6:55 a.m. to 4:47 p.m.


    HIGH 49° / LOW 24°
    Sunny, with a high near 49. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 24.
    6:56 a.m. to 4:47 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Dec. 4, 2016

    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1966 — Members of West and East Las Vegas police departments get together to help make a better Christmas for the many poor families in the community. The police will receive canned goods and other gifts for the poor at the station houses, and will deliver the gifts at Christmas. These participating in this event are Ray Stegmaier, Joe Lujan, Vicente Armijo, Frances Trujillo, Chief J.F. Duran, Ken Kimbrel.

  • Special visit with Santa
  • Highlands students’ work to be displayed in show

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University media arts students will showcase their work at a winter show starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

    The show is the premiere exhibit in the Media Arts and Technology Department’s new state-of-the-art facility in the Trolley Building at 1183 San Francisco Ave. Tours will be given of the restored historic landmark during the show.

  • East, Pecos districts improve grades

    By Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    Only six of 89 school districts in New Mexico earned an A on performance evaluations by the state, but more districts saw improving grades than declining ones, according to a report released Tuesday by the Public Education Department.
    Most grades issued by the state to school districts have remained the same over the past two school years, the report states.

    Las Vegas City Schools and Pecos Independent Schools saw their district grades increase one letter to C. The previous year both districts received D grades.