Local News

  • New center for excellence to host open house

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Increasing student success through ongoing faculty development is the aim of the new Center for Teaching Excellence at Highlands University.

    There will be an open house at the Center for Teaching Excellence from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (Friday), with opening remarks at 10 a.m. The center is in the Victoria D. Sanchez Teacher Education Center, Room 102, 1031 11th St.

  • Singers present Jazz and Laughs

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University HU Singers will present Jazz and Laughs at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Andre García-Nuthmann, director of the Highlands choral and vocal program, will direct the musical production and accompany on piano. Don Evans is the artistic director. 

  • Local DJ says donations needed

    Donations are low this year for the 14th Annual Turkey Drive organized by Charlynne “Charli” Otero of KMDZ 96.7 FM. 

    As of Tuesday morning, Otero said she had enough donations to cover the cost of roughly 35 turkeys for this year’s drive. That’s a far cry from the roughly 200 turkeys distributed to needy families during last year’s drive. The freezer at the radio station — normally overflowing with turkeys this time of year – is now home to only one small turkey.

  • Alta Vista named a ‘top performer’

    Las Vegas Optic

    Administrators and staff at Alta Vista Regional Hospital are celebrating after the hospital on Tuesday was recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.

    Specifically, the local hospital was recognized because it is excelling in providing treatment for  pneumonia, and for its surgical care and immunization work in 2014.

  • Auditor issues warning to school districts

    The Office of the State Auditor issued a risk advisory to all school districts on Tuesday, warning that failing to comply with the School Personnel Act could lead to serious problems.

  • French hunt second fugitive, launch new airstrikes

    By Lori Hinnant
    and Jamey Keaten
    The Associated Press

    PARIS — French police are hunting for a second fugitive directly involved in the deadly Paris attacks, officials said Tuesday, as France made an unprecedented demand that its European Union allies support its military action against the Islamic State group.

  • Weather Nov. 18, 2015


    HIGH 52° / LOW 23°

    Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west in the morning.

    6:39 a.m. to 4:52 p.m.


    HIGH 52° / LOW 29°

    Sunny, with a high near 52. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night -
    mostly clear, with a low around 29.

    6:40 a.m. to 4:52 p.m.


  • Call for scripts issued by Nat Gold Players

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nat Gold Players has issued a call for original scripts for 10-minute plays to be performed as part of the Boxed Seats production to be scheduled early in 2016, reports Nat Gold president Kayt C. Peck.

    Rules for scripts include:

    • Each script must be no more than 10 minutes

    • Sets are limited to four wooden cubes (the Box Seats) to be provided by Nat Gold Players

    • A maximum of four characters

  • BREAKING: I-25 closed north of Las Vegas

    The state Department of Transportation says that Interstate 25 is closed at mile marker 347, the Las Vegas north exit.

    Yvonne Aragon, a spokeswoman for the agency, says the closure is due to blizzard conditions northeast of Las Vegas to the Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma Borders.

    "Travel north is discouraged from mile marker 303 to mile marker 347 (Glorieta to Las Vegas)," Aragon said in an email.

  • Rescuers honored

    A woman is alive today due to the swift action of Villanueva State Park employees Ramon Gallegos and Gilbert Baca.

    They both received Life Saving awards earlier this month for what they did to save the woman, who had fallen into the Pecos River. They, and several other New Mexico State Parks Division employees were honored at a ceremony in Santa Fe on Nov. 4. During that ceremony, 21 awards were handed out and five retirees from the division were honored for their service.