Local News

  • Highlands drops ACT requirement

    Regents at New Mexico Highlands University voted in December to eliminate the requirement that students take the ACT college entrance exam in order to be admitted to Highlands, a change that was requested by university administrators.

  • Stomach viruses on rise in NM

    The Associated Press

    Noroviruses are on the rise in New Mexico with suspected or confirmed cases nearly doubling in the state in 2014, according to health officials.

    There have been 49 suspected or confirmed norovirus outbreaks in New Mexico this year, up from 27 in 2013, according to the state Department of Health.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 2

    In 1965

    Tuesday, Jan. 5 — Robertson High School has published its second six-week’s honor roll with five students making a straight- A average;
    Making this high average are five seniors: Terry Hill, Marcia Hurt, Christine Trujillo and Robert Whorton. Juniors had one student on the A list — Marsha Jo Hannah. The sophomores had none.

  • Looking ahead - News - Jan. 2, 2015

    La Plaza Little League meeting

    La Plaza Little League will be holding a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

  • Weather - Jan. 2, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 32. North wind around 5 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.

    A slight chance of snow showers before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.


  • FYI - News - Jan. 2, 2015

    Beginning on Jan. 5, citations will be heard only from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday at San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

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    State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints throughout the state in January.

  • Nuke dump operator denied performance pay

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The contractor that runs the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository is being denied millions of dollars in performance pay as part of the financial fallout from a radiation leak that forced the closure of the facility.

    Federal officials have said it could take years and a half-billion dollars to restart operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project Plant near Carlsbad because of the February leak.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 2, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 19 and Dec. 30:

    Wayne Lovato, 19, sentenced to one year in jail, San Miguel County District Court
    Olivia Montaño, 33, probation violation: tampering with UA, Adult Probation Office
    Arnulfo Batista-Duran, 54, Aggravated DWI, No seatbelt, no license, open container, failure to maintain lane, San Miguel County Magistrate

  • Remembering those who left us in 2014

    By Art Trujillo
    Las Vegas Optic
    A poem by the 16th century English poet John Donne contains the words, “No man is an island.” Following is “Every man’s death diminishes me. . . . because I am involved in mankind.”

    Indeed, in 2014, many were diminished through the loss of loved ones. In this area alone, there were hundreds of deaths of loved ones whose names appeared in the obituary section of the Optic.

  • Preparing for another term