Local News

  • Weather - May 18, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

  • Night Sky Special Event

    Submitted to Optic

  • Eclipse visible from China to Texas

    By Alicia Chang
    AP Science Writer

    LOS ANGELES — Sunrises and sunsets often dazzle, but they’ll have a special ring to them in a few days for people in the western United States and eastern Asia: The moon will slide across the sun, blocking everything but a blazing halo of light.

    It’s been almost two decades since a “ring of fire” eclipse was visible in the continental United States. To celebrate the end of that drought, nearly three dozen national parks in the path of the eclipse will host viewing parties.

  • Investigation launched

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — The New Mexico Corrections Department has launched an investigation into a then warden accused of thwarting an FBI probe into an alleged rape of an inmate by a guard.

  • River Walk Clean Up
  • Bike Rodeo is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 21st annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo is set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wilson Complex parking lot on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University.

    Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to participate. An entry fee of $5 is required which includes a new bicycle helmet. Participants with a safe and legal helmet will be admitted for $1. Entry fees are used to help defray the helmet costs. The child provides the bicycle, and a parent is required to accompany the child.

  • Mixed reaction to 4-day plan

    The proposal to move to a four-day school week at Las Vegas City Schools is drawing both criticism and praise from parents.

    Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez recently announced that the district is considering implementing the four-day weeks for students next year. To make up the time, students will be in school for longer days. McNellis-Martinez has said that the Fridays students are off would be used for professional development for staff.

  • Finances worry East official

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ernesto Salazar questioned the validity of superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s comment that the district will end this fiscal year in the black during a board meeting late last week.

    Salazar, a local banker, said he is not completely sure that her information is correct.

  • Millennium Scholar

    Childhood for Josh Leon’s childhood was anything but spectacular, with his mother dying of cancer and his father being deported to Mexico.

    But Leon, who has attended United World College’s Montezuma campus, didn’t give up, and last month he was notified that he is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar.

  • Highlands faculty will get raises

    Tenured and tenure-track faculty at New Mexico Highlands University will be receiving raises of either 4 or 7 percent,  depending on their rank under the terms of an agreement the university has reached with the faculty association.

    The pay hikes will be effective for the 2012-13 academic year.

    Salaries for returning faculty will increase by 4 percent for assistant and associate professors. Returning full professors will get a 7 percent bump in pay.