Local News

  • Highlands loses key grant

    Officials at New Mexico Highlands University are scrambling to limit the impact to students from the loss of a $572,000 federal grant that the university had been using to provide support services to low-income and first-generation students.

    The funding loss will also result in the loss of eight full-time positions at Highlands.

    The university’s regents were briefed on the situation during their meeting last Friday.

  • 1953 rodeo queen recalls the good ol’ days

    For Dolores Montaño, 1953 was a special time in her life that she will never forget. Montaño, now 82,  is the 1953 Cowboys Reunion Rodeo Queen. To this day, the mild-mannered cowgirl has vivid memories of that year.

    “It was wonderful, I loved it,” Montaño said. “I wish I was still that young.”

  • Horse safety tips

    The Centennial Cowboy Reunion Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday. The number of horses and wagons in the Centennial Cowboy Reunion Parade make it a good time to learn about horses and safety.

    • Never approach a horse directly from the rear. If a horse cannot see you he is more likely to kick.

    • Avoid walking behind a horse; if you must, leave at least 15 feet. A kick is most forceful when you are about 3 feet away. Avoid being at that distance.

    • Horses cannot see small children, but they sense them and will kick.  

  • Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration and Heritage Week Schedule - July 31, 2015

    10 a.m.
    Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration Parade will begin at the Railroad Roundhouse, north on Railroad Avenue until Douglas Avenue, west on Douglas until 12th Street, north of 12th Street until National, west on National and Bridge Street and ending at Plaza Park. For more information visit, www.lvcowboyreunion.com.

    1 to 10 p.m.

  • Hang up prompts more training

    By Russell Contreras and Terry Tang
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — All Albuquerque Fire Department employees in emergency situations will undergo additional training after a dispatcher told a 911 caller trying to help a teenage shooting victim to “deal with it yourself.”

    The department will start giving crisis intervention training to all firefighters and dispatchers next week, Fire Chief David Downey told reporters Wednesday. A department spokeswoman said she was not sure if some employees had previously received the training.

  • Jail Log - July 31, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 16 and June 24:
    Michael Moree, 33, hold for court
    Consuelo Lopez, 30, positive UA (drugs) hold for US Marshall
    Edward Moya, 44, drug court violation: 7 day commitment
    Adam Lucero, 26, failure to appear, bench warrant, LV Municipal
    Kenneth Trujillo, 53, aggravated assault on a health care worker
    Edward Moya, 44, drug court violation: 7 day commitment
    Henry Gonzales, 53, 3 day commitment

  • Looking Back - July 31, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, Aug. 2 — New Mexico oldtimers rode buggies in a Springer parade Saturday, when a miniature wagon train on the Santa Fe Trail came through town. Riders in the horse-and-buggy vehicle were Tom and Mrs. McGrath and Matt McAllister of Springer, and Narciso Abreu of Springer. Mr. McGrath is 78 years old; McAllister is 102, and Abreu is 80.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 31, 2015

    City merger subject of talk

    A Merger of East and West Las Vegas will be revisited at “Hands Across the Bridge: A Public Forum on 1970 Las Vegas Consolidation” at Plaza Hotel Ballroom on Aug. 2 at 1:30 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Plaza Hotel, City Museum, Friends of the Museum and the New Mexico Humanities Council.

  • Weather - July 31, 2015

    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind around 5 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

  • Recreating a 100-year-old road trip

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Historic Vehicle Association is celebrating America’s Road Trip Century by following Edsel Ford’s epic 1915 journey from Detroit to San Francisco. The HVA will be driving a 1915 Ford Model T is similar to the car Edsel Ford drove. The event incorporates the centennial celebrations of the Ford Estate at Fair Lane and Panama-Pacific International Exposition the historic departure and destination points for Edsel Ford’s trip.