Local News

  • Weather - June 3, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 87. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 50. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 53.

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

  • Cathedral prepares for Archbishop’s installation

    By Anne Constable
    The New Mexican

    SANTA FE — The hottest ticket in town this week is an invitation to the installation of John C. Wester as the archbishop of Santa Fe.

    The guests include two cardinals, numerous Catholic bishops, a couple of abbots and the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Carlos Maria Viganó, Pope Francis’s representative in the United States.

  • In Brief - News - June 3, 2015

    Optic Staff and Wire
    Vandals cause major damage

    The Las Vegas Police Department is seeking the person or persons who caused thousands of dollars of damage to property last weekend.
    Police say someone deliberately broke numerous windows at homes, local businesses and vehicles within the city.

  • Area resident sets speed record

    Pilot William E. Dubois has captured a national speed record. Dubois, an area resident, set a national speed record on a single-engine Ercoupe 415-CD in early April. He also holds the unofficial world speed record for his feat that was achieved with a flight between the Albuquerque International Sunport and Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport in Amarillo, Texas on April 8.

    “It was exciting,” Dubois said during a recent interview at the Las Vegas Airport.

  • Time to celebrate
  • Highlands prez search hits snag

    New Mexico Highlands University regents are scheduled to vote on a new president on Tuesday, but any action they take could be vulnerable to a challenge.

    The university’s regents appear to have missed a key deadline for hiring the president. The snag could force regents to take corrective action, which could delay the hiring of a president by another three weeks.

    The person selected will replace President Jim Fries, who announced that he would be retiring effective June 30.

  • PED: Number of teacher licenses up

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Despite claims that high-stake testing and a new evaluation system are turning educators away from teaching, the New Mexico Public Education Department says the state is on pace to issue around 9,600 new and renewed teacher licenses, marking a 41 percent increase since 2011.

    The agency said this week that New Mexico also is expected to issue more than 2,000 new licenses this year — the largest number in six years.

  • In Brief - News - June 1, 2015

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - June 1, 2015

    In 1965

  • Looking ahead - News - June 1, 2015

    Swimming lessons offered
    The Highlands University pool will be offering swimming lessons for children 4 and older starting today (Monday) at 10 a.m. through Thursday. Cost is $30 for eight lessons. For information call 454-3073.