Local News

  • Rider safety is main focus of annual bike rodeo event

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 26nd annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of the Wilson Gym Complex at Highlands University.

    All boys and girls ages five to 12 are invited to participate. For an entry fee of $5 each participant will receive a new bicycle helmet provided by the New Mexico Safe Kids Coalition. The new helmet will be properly fitted for each youngster. 

  • Bradner project approaches

    One of the city’s primary water storage facilities, Bradner Dam is on track for the start of a planned $7.6 million improvement project.

    In their most recent work session, Las Vegas City Council members heard an update on the project from representatives of URS, the firm overseeing Bradner’s rehabilitation.

    URS told councilors that planners are “on schedule for getting thing submitted to the state engineer.” Specifically, final design plans are set to be delivered on May 26.

  • Gonzales: Resist hatred

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    Resist division and hatred, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales told graduates at the Highlands University main campus commencement May 13.

    A record number of 1,051 students graduated from Highlands and its centers, with 633 earning their diplomas in Las Vegas. Of these total graduates, 66 percent earned bachelor’s degrees and 34 percent completed master’s degrees.

    Gonzales said division makes both individual and collective progress formidable, if not impossible.

  • Teacher enters governor’s race

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Alcohol-prevention teacher Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe on Monday announced his run for governor of New Mexico as a Democrat, pledging to seek progressive solutions to issues of early childhood education, access to health care and poverty.

    A New Mexico resident since 1995, DeBenedittis described himself as a political outsider who does not owe favors to past campaign contributors.

  • A sobering traffic jam
  • In Brief - News - May 17, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Ban targets abortion groups
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is moving forward with a plan to massively expand a ban on federal dollars going to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.

  • Weather - May 17, 2017


    HIGH 70° / LOW 41°
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
    5:54 a.m. to 8:01 p.m.


    HIGH 62° / LOW 34°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    5:54 a.m. to 8:01 p.m.


  • Donation to Women’s Health
  • Award named after murdered UWC-USA alumnus

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    A 2007 United World College-USA alumnus known for his leadership in academic research, who was tortured to death, will be memorialized with an annual alumni award in his name.

    The Giulio Regeni Alumni Impact Award will be given annually to a UWC-USA graduate who has made substantial contributions in the local, national, or global community, and whose accomplishments, affiliations and professional career honor the UWC mission. Recipients will be chosen by their fellow alumni.

  • Report: Comey refused pledge

    The Associated Press

    The New York Times reports that former FBI Director James Comey declined to pledge loyalty to President Donald Trump during a dinner the two men shared in January.

    The newspaper quotes two unnamed Comey associates who say they heard Comey’s account of the dinner.

    Comey instead promised Trump “honesty.” When Trump then pressed for “honest loyalty,” Comey told the president,