Local News

  • AG targets Takata, auto makers over faulty air bags

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced a lawsuit against Japanese manufacturer Takata and a long list of automakers in connection with the sale of cars with dangerous air bag inflators.

    The attorney general’s office argues in a lawsuit being filed Friday that the manufacturers had a duty to ensure their products were safe and that concealment of air bag defects amounted to unfair, deceptive and unconscionable trade practices under New Mexico law.

  • Trump draws ire from Latinos

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — President-elect Donald Trump’s decision not to appoint any Latinos to his Cabinet is drawing fierce criticism from Hispanics, who call it a major setback for the nation’s largest minority group.

  • English prof leads American memoirs reading group

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    An upcoming reading group at Highlands University will explore three American memoirs.

    “The Truth Be Told: Contemporary American Memoirs” reading and discussion group begins Feb. 7. Highlands University English professor Lauren Fath will lead the group.

    “We were looking for breadth within the genre of memoirs, and these three selections provide that variety of perspectives and styles,” Fath said.

  • Traffic on the rise at Albuquerque’s Sunport

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Traffic is up at New Mexico’s largest airport.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that 126,000 more passengers visited Albuquerque International Sunport in 2016 than did the year before. It’s the first time the airport has seen a year-to-year gain since 2007.

    Traffic increased by less than one percent and stayed below the 2007 peak. But Sunport spokesman Daniel Jiron says any growth is “significant for sure” after eight years of decline. He attributed the growth to an improving economy.

  • Weather - Jan. 22, 2017


    HIGH 44° / LOW 26°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind around 15 mph. Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
    7:07 a.m. to 5:19 p.m.


    HIGH 46° / LOW 23°
    A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
    7:06 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.


  • Robertson class of 1966 celebrated 50th reunion

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nearly 100 Robertson High School class of 1966 graduates including spouses and guests, attended one or all of the class 50th reunion events, on Labor Day weekend.

    Events included a Friday evening meet-and-greet at Hillcrest, Saturday morning guided tour of RHS, visit by some to the  home of Johnny Gonzales to see his collection of restored vintage cars, a Saturday night dinner-dance at the Plaza Hotel, and a Sunday morning farewell breakfast at Charlie’s.

  • Highlands to host free workshop for education leaders and counselors

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico high school and community college counselors along with education leaders will learn more about what Highlands University has to offer at a free workshop Feb. 1.

    The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Highlands main campus in Las Vegas in the Student Center, 800 National Ave.

  • City, acequias close to settlement

    The city’s top administrator says the municipality and the Rio Gallinas Acequia Association are close to a deal that would bring an end to the water rights litigation that has been raging for more than six decades.

    “We’re close,” City Manager Richard Trujillo told the Optic on Thursday.

  • Music awards - Locals receive top honors

    The New Mexico Hispano Music Association honors musicians for their talent each year. Two Las Vegas residents received prestigious awards during this year’s awards show Saturday at the Ohkay Casino and Conference Center in Española.

    Vocalist Brenda Ortega walked away with the coveted Female Vocalist of the Year award for her song “Armorcito de mi Vida.”

    KFUN radio personality Mike “Roadrunner” Baca received the Hispano Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mark Ipiotis Award during the 26th annual show.

  • Lawmakers embrace moves to close budget gap

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico state Senate approved a package of budget solvency bills Wednesday as lawmakers rushed to fill a lingering financial gap for the current year.

    The House of Representatives is likely to vote Thursday on the plan to close an $80 million deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30. The bills would replenish the state’s general fund reserves to at least $165 million, or nearly 3 percent of annual spending, by taking money from other areas of government.