Local News

  • Senior profile - Orlando Chavez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Legion Park Elementary School in Las Vegas opened its doors to students in 1964. Among its first students was a third-grader — Orlando Chavez.

    It’s unlikely that Orlando would know at the time that he eventually would return to the school to provide services to current students, but that he did. A custodian with the Las Vegas City Schools system for 20 years, Orlando has served Legion Park for 13 of them.

  • Accreditation recommended for Luna

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College received a report from members of the Higher Learning Commission Evaluation Team Wednesday that their recommendation is for reaffirmation of accreditation.

    The Higher Learning Commission Evaluation Team consisting of Lloyd Hammonds, Catherine Kinyon, and Donna Dare conducted a comprehensive evaluation visit on Oct. 13-15, 2014.

    The next recommended reaffirmation evaluation visit is for 2024-25.

  • Use of DWI funds questioned

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico counties are not effectively spending funds from a DWI grant program to combat drunk driving, according to a new state legislative report.

    The Legislative Finance Committee said in a study released this month that counties are wasting money from the Local DWI Grant program on strategies such as media campaigns and outreach. Committee members said officials should devote more funds to increased patrols and tougher prosecutions — methods that have evidence of working.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 26

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 26, 2014

    Holiday hours for Rec Center
    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be closed today (Friday), but will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Weather - Dec. 26, 2014

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. South wind 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 26, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20:

    Pedro Griego, 32, four-day commitment
    Wayne Sides, 52, 28-day commitment
    Pilar Hathaway, 21, three-day commitment
    Stephanie Jaramillo, 32, probation violation: positive UA
    Alvin Quintana, 50, probation violation: positive UA
    Andrew Shafer, 22, failure to pay fines, bench warrant, LV Municipal
    Joseph Trujillo, 26, aggravated DWI, no registration, proof of insurance, drug paraphernalia, open container.

  • Valles Caldera looks to future as national park

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The management experiment at Valles Caldera National Preserve is coming to an end as the National Park Service prepares to take over the 140-square-mile property in northern New Mexico.

    The transition is among dozens of public land measures squeezed into the half-trillion-dollar defense bill signed by President Barack Obama on Friday, but details about how things will change at the preserve remain unclear.

  • To protect, serve . . . and give
  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 26, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Construction begins at park

    ALBUQUERQUE — Work is underway on a new pilots’ pavilion at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park.
    City officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday. They say the $2.3 million project is expected to be done in time for the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
    The 12,000-square-foot building is named after Sid Cutter, the founder of the fiesta.