Local News

  • System changes for lottery scholarships

    By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — New Mexico is providing more certainty for college students about the amount of financial aid they can count on from state lottery revenues, but elected officials and others say more needs to be done to shore up the scholarship program as higher education costs climb.

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Wednesday that decouples the value of lottery scholarships from the cost of tuition by setting a fixed amount for the awards based on the kind of institution a student attends.

  • Reclaimed water now available

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The City of Las Vegas will allow the public to get reclaimed water from the reclaimed water stand pipe at the Utility Services Center at 905 12th Street.

    Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost of the water is $1.25 per 1000 gallons and an additional $.50 charge per trip.

  • Black History Month

    Highlands University senior Kylee Norman writes on a dream board Feb. 12 at the university’s Student Center in honor of Black History Month.

  • Dry conditions

    Firefighters managed to contain this recent burn at a site along Highway 518 near Sapello, but any fire has the risk of destroying massive acreage and property and endangering lives.

    Fire officials remind New Mexicans that extremely dry conditions call for extra caution when handling any sort of open flame or heat source.

  • Gov. takes no action on solar credit bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has declined to act on a measure that would have restored a tax credit aimed at offsetting the costs of solar energy systems for households, small businesses and farms in New Mexico.

    The Republican governor faced a deadline Wednesday to sign legislation that was approved during the recent 30-day session. Measures not acted upon by the governor are considered pocket vetoed.

  • Luna student selected to an all-state academic team

    Jessey Martinez has earned one of the most prestigious awards a two-year college student can get.

    Martinez was selected to the New Mexico Phi Theta Kappa All-State Academic Team. Martinez, a criminal justice major at Luna Community College, was recognized at the State Capitol recently.

  • Online gaming community growing by leaps, bounds

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Meadow City Gaming is a competitive gaming community developed by gamers, for gamers. Its goal is to establish a strong gaming community of all ages that will bring together gamers from all corners of New Mexico to compete against one another and win cash prizes.

    MCG strives to give back to its community. At each tournament, MCG collects donations that will be used toward local causes. From providing shower tickets for the homeless to raising funds for a family in need, the possibilities to give back are endless.

  • Fiestas to cover six days this year

    Even though there are nearly four months to go until the first musical notes emanate from the Las Vegas Plaza as part of Fiestas de Las Vegas, planning is well under way, with some important dates and times established.

  • Highlands responds to union criticism

    It’s one of the oldest dispute in organized labor: a union says management has access to more money, as evidenced by salaries and new fancy things; management says its new or revamped items came from such-and-such a source.

  • Las Vegas Council races both headed to runoff

    Both Las Vegas City Council races will be part of an April 17 runoff election after no one candidate in either Ward 1 or Ward 4 captured more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election.