Local News

  • Weather - Aug. 26, 2015

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 5 -10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.


  • Proposal to end dispute over White Peak area

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    New Mexico’s land commissioner is proposing a resolution to the long-running battle between sportsmen and ranchers over access to a popular hunting ground called White Peak.

    Commissioner Aubrey Dunn sent a letter last week to the state Department of Game and Fish, asking the agency to consider purchasing 10,000 acres around the Las Vegas hunting ground owned by rancher David Stanley.

  • AG to probe hiring of sex abuse suspect

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s attorney general said Monday he will investigate how the state’s largest school district hired a high-level administrator who faces child sex abuse charges in Colorado.

    The district’s new superintendent, meanwhile, faces increasing pressure to resign over the debacle.

  • Making a comeback - City police once again using Tasers

    Five years after then-Las Vegas police chief Gary Gold suspended the use of Tasers amid mounting criticism about their use, the devices have made a comeback to the Las Vegas Police Department.

    With the help of District Attorney Richard Flores’ office, the Las Vegas Police Department has launched a pilot program, purchasing four bright yellow Tasers. The Tasers, which are electroshock weapons, have been handed out to a lieutenant and three sergeants who supervise street officers.

  • Asbestos work planned at Municipal Court

    The city of Las Vegas has hired a contractor to conduct asbestos remediation work at Municipal Court, which is housed in a city building at 727 Grand Ave., that is also home to the city museum.

    City Manager Elmer Martinez said work would begin once the state issues a permit for the project. Once the permit is issued and the work begins, the project will likely take two or two-and-a-half weeks to complete.

  • Talk on small town economies is Tuesday

    By Sharon Vander Meer

    Can small towns be cool? That’s the topic of a presentation by David Ivan, Ph.D., director of Michigan State University Extension, in Lansing, Mich. The “Economic Development in Small Rural Communities” forum will take place on Tuesday in the Plaza Hotel events room beginning at 11:45 a.m. Ivan is the keynote speaker. Also on the program is Terry Brunner, state director of USDA Rural Development, who will talk about economic sustainability from a New Mexico rural development perspective.

  • HU student helps develop LANL exhibit

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The science behind Arctic climate change will be more approachable at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Bradbury Science Museum, thanks to videos produced by a Highlands University media arts student.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 24, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Aug. 25 — Freshman applications for admission to Highlands University have reached an all-time high, according to James E. Connor, comptroller at HU. Eighteen percent of the applicants were denied admission to Highlands because they could not meet the high admission standards. More than 930 applications have been received. States other than New Mexico (211), with the highest number of applicants are: New York, 24; New Jersey, 18; California, 17; Illinois, 16; Texas, 12; and Hawaii, 10.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 24, 2015

    Magistrate Court to close
    Magistrate Court will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Aug. 28 as staff is attending the Magistrate Court Conference. Magistrate court will be open on Monday, Aug. 24 and Tuesday, Aug. 25 but will not have judges available on Tuesday, Aug. 25 as judges will be at the conference starting on Tuesday. Regular hours resume on Monday, Aug. 31.

  • Weather - Aug. 24, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

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