Local News

  • Highlands student lands AAUW scholarship

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Las Vegas chapter of the American Association of University Women has awarded a $2,000 scholarship to a nontraditional Highlands University student.

    Patti Dobbe, 58, retired in 2014 after a 30-year career in criminal justice as a probation officer and administrator. She is on track to complete her master’s degree in professional counseling from Highlands after summer term 2017, with a 4.0 GPA to date.

  • On the chopping block - East school officials ponder shuttering three schools, say move would save $1.6M a year

    The end may be near for three Las Vegas City Schools sites. On the chopping block for potential decommission and demolition are Paul D. Henry Elementary, Legion Park Elementary and a portion of Memorial Middle School.

    On Thursday evening, district officials will host a public hearing to discuss the potential closures of the sites starting at 6 p.m. in the band room at Robertson High School.

    Superintendent Kelt Cooper said the district has been working on its master plan for roughly a year, and due to years of declining enrollment, many classrooms are empty.

  • Chief justice: Judiciary on life support

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court warned lawmakers Thursday that the state’s budget crisis threatens to undercut constitutional guarantees to a speedy trial, funding for juries, access to court records and other basic services.

    In an address to a joint session of the Legislature, Chief Justice Charles Daniels described a judiciary “on life support” and said emergency funding is needed in the coming months for state courts to meet statutory obligations to compensate jurors and witnesses.

  • Promises, pomp and protests as Trump sworn in

    By Julie Pace
    AP White House Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Pledging to empower America’s “forgotten men and women,” Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years.

  • 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.