Local News

  • Old Town merchants starting new tradition

    Submitted to the Optic

    “The Pet Project” Old Town Stroll will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. this Friday and will benefit The Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeast New Mexico.

    Stores around the Plaza and up and down Bridge Street will be participating and staying open until 8 p.m.
    Each store will have one or more prizes with the winners drawn at 8 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. El Zocalo Art Gallery will have four prizes: Sarah Frazier has donated a hand-beaded hat band with black cats cavorting on a white background.

  • Lawmaker eyes changes to criminal justice system

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    House Majority Leader Nate Gentry wants state lawmakers to take up new criminal justice measures amid a string of high-profile crimes involving repeat offenders and he is promising to quickly push the bills himself.

    Gentry, R-Albuquerque, unveiled proposals Monday aimed at requiring harsher penalties for intentional child abuse and developing a criminal database to help judges. Gentry also wants a bill to allow cities to pass curfews laws targeting minors.

  • Correction Nov. 11, 2015

    Highlands President deserves an ‘F’
    Editor’s note: This letter first appeared in our Sunday edition and is being reprinted due to a line that was inadvertently deleted in the editing process.

  • HU to honor veterans today during ceremony

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University will honor local veterans at a Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the university’s Centennial Park.

    The Highlands Alumni Office is sponsoring the event. Centennial Park is at the southwest corner of National Avenue and 8th Street. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Dismal results

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    If you put any stock in the PARCC test being an accurate measure of student performance, then Las Vegas’ elementary and middle school students have a long road ahead of them.

    Only about a quarter of New Mexico students in grade 3 through 8 last year met proficiency or better benchmarks for reading and writing on new standardized tests, and less than 10 percent of the state’s eight-graders met expectations or better when it came to math, according to test results released late last month.

  • Hands across the Bridge
  • IRS fakes are at it again

    The message on the answering machine was ominous.

    “This is officially a final notice from the IRS,” the aggressive woman said in the message left last week. “The IRS is filing a lawsuit against you.”

    The woman urges the resident to call a telephone number immediately to resolve the situation.

  • U.S. employers added 271,000 jobs in October

    By Christopher S. Rugaber
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — U.S. hiring roared back in October after two weak months, with employers adding a robust 271,000 jobs and likely setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

    The unemployment rate dipped to a fresh seven-year low of 5 percent from 5.1 percent.

  • Vigil wants old job back

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil is applying to be appointed back to her old job.

    Vigil is one of nine people whose names have been mentioned for the position that Republican Dianna Duran vacated last month, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

    Vigil previously went by the name Rebecca Vigil-Giron and on Thursday said she felt qualified for the post because of her past experience.

  • Tax department spends thousands on unused weapons

    The Associated Press

    The Taxation and Revenue Department has spent thousands of dollars on weapons and ammunition that it is not legally allowed to use.