Local News

  • MainStreet gets $90K for project

    Submitted to the Optic

    MainStreet de Las Vegas has been awarded $90,000 in capital outlay funding for the renovation of the Bridge Street Breezeway.

    Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela announced the capital outlay funding on Thursday during the New Mexico Rural Economic Development Forum.

  • Swing-state unemployment down

    By Paul Wiseman
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON  — The improving economy is swinging the pendulum in President Barack Obama’s favor in the 14 states where the presidential election will likely be decided.

    Recent polls have shown Obama gaining an edge over his likely Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, in several so-called swing states — those that are considered up for grabs.

  • Taking their oath
  • Looking Back - April 23, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 22 — It is extremely doubtful if the recommendation of the postmaster general and the commission on second class mail will ever be translated into legislation defending the postage rate on newspapers. If such a burden is placed on daily ... purveyors of the world’s news ... the most effective dissemination of information people have, it will be in defiance of all the principles of justice and opposition to the people’s highest interest.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 23, 2012

    Spencer Theatre magic show is Tuesday

    The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion show will be at 7 p.m. this Tuesday at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. For ticket information, call Donna Martinez at 454-3238.

  • Weather - April 23, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • Family files lawsuit

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The family of a little girl killed when her family’s van was hit by a vehicle driven by a Santa Fe surgeon suspected of driving drunk has filed a wrongful death suit against the doctor and her insurance company.

    Dr. Deborah Aaron was arrested by Santa Fe police after the Dec. 30 crash that killed 4-year-old Yuliana Aremi Reyes Vasquez. Aaron, 56, has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide, but the district attorney has not filed an indictment to move the case forward. She is free on a $100,000 bond.

  • Scottish sculptor visiting Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Internationally known Scottish sculptor Charles Engebretsen is working with fine art and science students on the New Mexico Highlands University campus from April 16 to April 28, with emphasis on his recent expedition with the Clipperton Project.

    The new and unique Clipperton Project is an international artistic and scientific collaboration aimed at increasing  public understanding of environmental concerns and other social issues. It is a nonprofit initiative.

  • A huge turnaround

    In December of 2006, shortly after Jim Fries had been named a finalist for the Highlands presidency, he was asked how long he planned to stay if picked for the job.

    “’Til I wear out,” he responded half jokingly.

    His response may have been made in jest, but given the seemingly never-ending turmoil at the university at that point in its history, his joke hinted at the long road ahead for the embattled university.

  • Ex-con treasurer gives $45K to wife’s race

    CORRECTION: An Albuquerque Journal article appearing in the April 20 Optic about former state Treasurer Robert Vigil’s $45,000 donation in old campaign funds to the candidacy of his wife, Viola, contained an inaccuracy. The Roberta Vigil who is the treasurer of Viola Vigil’s campaign is the daughter of Viola and Robert Vigil. She isn’t the Roberta Vigil who is married to state Rep. Richard Vigil, D. Ribera.