Local News

  • Trump picks Tillerson to lead State Department

    By Julie Pace and Catherine Lucey
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday he has picked Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, calling the oil executive with close to ties to Russia one of the most accomplished “international dealmakers in the world.”

  • Partnership aims to increase computer science graduates

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A new partnership between Highlands University and Los Alamos National Laboratory aims to increase computer science graduates at the university that will fill professional positions at the laboratory.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 14, 2016

    Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1966 — The newest dormitory on the Highlands University campus is named Connor Hall in honor of Col. James E. Connor, comptroller at Highlands University. In making the announcement, Dr. Thomas C. Donnelly, president at Highlands, said that the regents decided to follow the policy of naming buildings after persons who have made significant contributions to Highlands over a long period of time.

  • Weather - Dec. 14, 2016


    HIGH 54° / LOW 31°
    Sunny, with a high near 54. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
    7:03 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.


    HIGH 62° / LOW 40°
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
    7:03 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.


  • Organizer halts recall effort

    The man who had been leading the recall effort against Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón has notified the city clerk that he is withdrawing his recall petition.

    “This is my official notice that I am no longer continuing to work on the recall on Mayor Tonita Gurule,” Manuel Martinez states in his letter, which was submitted to City Clerk Casandra Fresquez on Wednesday.

  • Schools in a quandary - East district mulls school closures

    The declining enrollment at Las Vegas City Schools is prompting district officials to consider consolidating school sites within the district. The enrollment decline has hit the district’s financials as it receives most of its funding from the state, based on the number of students the district serves.

    “Our enrollment has been going down and down,” Superintendent Kelt Cooper said.

  • Cuts to public education likely

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State funding for public education in New Mexico is almost certain to be reduced further next year to offset plunging state revenues, the chairman of an influential state budget committee announced Thursday.

    Democratic Sen. John Arthur Smith, chairman of the Legislative Finance Committee that drafts the state budget, said lawmakers will be hard-pressed to leave out cuts to public schools as they work to reduce deficits linked to a downturn in the oil and natural gas sectors.

  • Deadline nearing for health insurance coverage

    Submitted to the Optic

    BeWellnm, New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange, is encouraging New Mexicans who want their health coverage to begin on Jan. 1 to start the enrollment process now.

    The 2016 open enrollment period is now in full swing, and although New Mexicans have until Jan. 31 to enroll in coverage for 2017, those who want coverage beginning Jan. 1 must complete the enrollment process by Dec. 15.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 11, 2016

    The Associated Press
    PNM seeks 14 percent hike
    New Mexico’s largest electric provider has asked state regulators for an average system rate increase of 14 percent.
    Public Service Company of New Mexico’s application with the state Public Regulation Commission seeks an increase of $99.2 million and a return on equity of 10.125 percent.
    The overall 14.3 percent rate increase would be spread out over two years to soften the impact for customers.

  • Ruling ends county’s effort to combat fire danger

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    A court ruling has dashed any hopes one southern New Mexico county had to address fire danger on national forest lands due to the inaction of the federal government.

    The federal appeals court in Denver found that Otero County’s resolution to treat overgrown areas of the Lincoln National Forest along with a state statute enabling counties to take action under certain circumstances conflicted with federal law.