Local News

  • Candidates for governor face off

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican incumbent Susana Martinez and Democratic challenger Gary King disagreed Monday over the economy and education in their first appearance together at a candidate forum in New Mexico’s race for governor.

    King went on the offensive quickly and complained in his opening remarks about a Martinez campaign ad that focused on his role as attorney general in the case of a felon who defrauded investors.

  • Former ambassador speaks at UWC

    By Jennifer Rowland

    Delano Lewis, who served as the U.S. ambassador to South Africa from 1999 to 2001, was the special guest speaker for UWC-USA’s Global Issues presentation this past Friday.

    The event was part of the international UWC Day, in which alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the United World Colleges gathered around the world to celebrate the school and its mission of peace and sustainability.

  • Weather - Sept. 24, 2014

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 5-10 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 24, 2014

    Kiwanis Annual Spaghetti Day
         The lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner served from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Hillcrest Restaurant Flamingo Room. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children 10 and younger. All proceeds support Kiwanis’ local youth programs.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 24, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, Sept. 22 — The campaign committee of the United Fund organized yesterday afternoon. Those attending were Mrs. Ray Farmer and George Morton, campaign co-chairmen. Other Members are Mrs. J.C. Hope, R.C. Vander Meer, Dr. Dale Wickman, Dr. Robert Amai, Mrs. David Salman, Carter Bennett, John Gavahan, Dr. Lynn I. Perrigo, Joe Romero, Mrs. Dale Gerdeman and Mrs. Robert Detterick.

  • Highlands suicide prevention run set for Thursday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Highlands University is sponsoring an “Out of the Darkness” suicide prevention and awareness run this Thursday.

    “Suicide is the third leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24, with over 1,000 suicides occurring annually on college campuses nationwide,” said Corilia Ortega, advocacy and education coordinator for the university’s Center for Advocacy Resources Education and Support. “

  • Police union asks for support

    Las Vegas police officers say the city is constantly losing good officers because the pay at the Las Vegas Police Department isn’t competitive.

    Speaking for his colleagues, officer Adam Vigil, with the Las Vegas Police Officers Association, approached the City Council during the public input portion of its meeting last Wednesday.

  • Double dose of homecoming
  • Commission: Retain two local judges

    The Associated Press and Optic staff

    A state commission that evaluates judges in New Mexico has recommended that voters retain 4th Judicial District Chief Judge Abigail Aragon and Judge Matthew Sandoval. Overall, the commission is recommending that voters keep 73 of 85 judges who are facing retention votes in the November general election.

    The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission advises that voters not retain two judges, Judge Lisa Schultz of the 3rd Judicial District and Judge Sheri Raphaelson of the 1st Judicial District.

  • Update of water plan in the works

    Eight years after officials in San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties completed a water plan for the region, stakeholders in the area have undertaken the task of updating it.

    “The first one lacks a lot of information,” said Richard Trujillo, a liaison for the State Engineer’s Office.

    Trujillo and several other people from the region met last week to put together a steering committee for the work that will be happening over the next several months. Trujillo estimates that it will take less than a year to get the update completed.