Local News

  • Weather - Nov. 3, 2014

    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. North wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 49. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunny, with a high near 63. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Nov. 3, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Police probe fatal crash

    An 80-year-old Arizona man died early Friday morning in a single vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 84, mile post 98 near Romeroville.
    State Police from the Las Vegas District were dispatched to the crash just before 3 a.m. on Friday.
    The driver of the vehicle, identified as Charles Edward Horne, 80, of Sun City, Ariz., succumbed to his injuries on scene.

  • Study: Teacher shortage in poor schools

    The Associated Press

    A New Mexico legislative study says the state’s high-poverty schools are in dire need of hiring more teachers.

    The  Journal reports a Legislative Finance Committee report released Thursday says a “new approach” that includes better incentives and hiring decisions is crucial to get more effective teachers.

  • Cuban poet and novelist to offer free programs

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Havana comes to Highlands University Nov. 3 when internationally acclaimed Cuban poet and novelist Alexis Díaz Pimienta visits for 10 days of free public programs and teaching.

    Pimienta has published 30 books and is the winner of numerous literary awards over the years, including the Latin American Story Prize in 2013 for his book Intercambio de tarjetas.   

  • Highlands prez to retire

    Nearly eight years after returning to New Mexico Highlands University as its president, Jim Fries has announced that he is planning to retire.  

    The president announced his decision to faculty and staff on Wednesday, saying it’s something he has been contemplating for at least a year.

  • Senior profile - Macario and Ana Marie Gonzales

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    From serving on the City Council and feeding the hungry to counseling West Las Vegas students and renovating old adobe homes, Macario and Ana Marie Gonzales devote their time to causes that matter in the community.

    The Gonzaleses, now in their 70s, have had to slow down a bit in recent years due to health scares, but they remain active.

  • In Mora, commission, sheriff posts on the line

    While most local races in Mora County were decided during the June primary, two county races are up for grabs in the Nov. 4 general election.

    The District 1 Commission race pits incumbent Paula A. Garcia, a Democrat, against Republican Tim E. Fresquez.

  • National mood flavors NM races for congress

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The battle for New Mexico’s U.S. Senate seat is intensifying as Election Day approaches, and incumbent Democrat Tom Udall and Republican challenger Allen Weh are scrambling to secure the votes of those who remain undecided.

    The distance between Udall and Weh is shrinking as the retired Marine colonel’s campaign works to capitalize on general frustration with the Obama administration and the lack of progress in Washington on a host of issues.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 31, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Oct. 29 — Four Highlands University coeds have been nominated for Homecoming Queen. They are Aileen Armijo, senior from Las Vegas; Mary London-Walker, senior from Houston, Texas; Concha Madrid, senior from Española; and Selsa Martinez, junior from Taos. The queen will be crowned during the halftime intermission at Highlands Homecoming game Saturday afternoon. Dr. Ralph Carlisle Smith, dean of the graduate division, will be master of ceremonies.

  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 31, 2014

    Early voting still possible

    San Miguel County residents wishing to cast an early vote for Tuesday’s general election have until Saturday. Ballots may be cast until 5 p.m. at the San Miguel County Clerk’s office or at the San Miguel Senior Citizens from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday. The senior citizens center is on Highway 3 in the Valley.