Local News

  • ARMAS awarded $742K grant

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    More women and Hispanic students at Highlands University will graduate with degrees that prepare them for science and technology jobs, thanks to a U.S. Department of Education grant.

    The three-year, $742,175 grant is funded through by the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program of the U.S. Department of Education.

    It will be administered through Highlands University’s award-winning Achieving in Research, Math and Science Center, or ARMAS.

  • Anxious voters line up in NM on first polling day

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Balloting in presidential and general elections began Tuesday in New Mexico, as a steady stream of voters flowed through county clerk offices to cast absentee ballots in person.

    Many voters said they came out early to vote out of a heightened sense of concern and anxiety over the presidential election.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 14, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 4 and Oct. 11:
    Eugene Archuleta, 34, bench warrant: shoplifting, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Estevan Romero, 22, bench warrant: violated conditions of parole, positive for meth and cocaine, Adult Probation Office
    Angelo Romero, 27, six-day commitment, Mora
    Lukis Cruz, 35, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, Mora
    Almedia Oswald, 49, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Weather - Oct. 14, 2016


    HIGH 78° / LOW 47°
    Sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    7:07 a.m. to 6:26 p.m.


    HIGH 79° / LOW 49°
    Sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    7:08 a.m. to 6:27 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Oct. 14, 2016

    Thursday, Oct. 6, 1966 — Mrs. Carlos Gilbert of the Las Vegas League of Women voters hosted a meeting to discuss voter service activities for the upcoming election. Those attending were Mrs. Bella Garcia, Mrs. Vincent Anselmo, Mrs. Cecil Clotfelter, Mrs. Helen Avery, Dr. Virginia Sloan, Miss Nell Doherty, Mrs Thomas Maloney, Mrs. Garen Emrick, Mrs. H.E. Niebuhr, Mrs. Gabino Rendon, Mrs. Calvin Hager, Mrs. Ray Padilla, Mrs. Pete Mallette, Mrs. Max Montoya, Mrs. R.C. Vander Meer, Mrs. Oliver Slade, Mrs. Archie McDowell and Mrs. Josef Drlik.

  • Raising money for scholarships
  • Anniversary Saturday for Dwan Light Sanctuary

    Submitted to the Optic

    The United World College-USA will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dwan Light Sanctuary with a free concert open to the public featuring its international students. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the sanctuary.

    Seating is limited to 70. Guests are asked to RSVP by calling 454-4252 or at www.uwc-usa.org.

    A gift to the UWC-USA and wider communities by Virginia Dwan, the light sanctuary was a collaboration between Dwan, artist Charles Ross and architect Laban Wingert.

  • Man guilty of failing to register

    A 10-man, two-woman jury took roughly an hour last week to weigh the evidence and convict a Las Vegas man of failing to register as a sex offender, a fourth-degree felony.

    Christopher Gurule, 39, of the 2400 block of Calle Contenta was found guilty on Tuesday. District Judge Abigail Aragon, who presided over the one-day trial, agreed to a request from the prosecution to postpone sentencing until a later date.

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  • Psychiatric patients struggle after discharge

    The Associated Press

    An investigation has found that some patients discharged from New Mexico’s state mental hospital in Las Vegas live in poor conditions, including going hungry, while staying in boarding homes.

    The Albuquerque Journal found that the state mental hospital, formally known as the Behavioral Health Institute, discharges about 200 patients each year into Las Vegas and surrounding San Miguel County in northern New Mexico and that many don’t have anywhere to go.