Local News

  • 3 school workers split winnings

    By Sarah Brumfield
    The Associated Press

    BALTIMORE — Two public school teachers and a school administrator who call themselves “The Three Amigos” are sharing the spoils of last month’s record Mega Millions jackpot, planning trips to Europe, new homes and children’s college educations, Maryland Lottery officials said Tuesday.

  • In Brief - News - April 11, 2012

    From The Associated Press and Submitted to the Optic

    Celebrating library week

    The Thomas C. Donnelly Library at New Mexico Highlands University celebrates National Library Week April 9-13 with activities for the public and campus community.

    The library is at 802 National Ave.

  • Beef, boots and bull to benefit Ride to Pride

    By Birdie Jaworski
    Submitted to the Optic

    You live in the real Wild West. You wear worn cowboy boots, a dusty Stetson, a braided leather bolo around your collar.

    You eat the hottest chile this side of the Pecos and don’t bat an eye. You have the simple heart and rough hands of a cowboy. But are you man — or woman — enough to ride a bucking mechanical bull?

  • Guardians say boy harassed

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The guardians of a 15-year-old West Las Vegas Middle School student have filed a police report accusing the principal of harassing him and of violating his right to an education.

    Julian and Theresa Weathers say their godson, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and requires special education services, is even afraid to go to school these days because principal Steve Sandoval picks on him.

  • How it’s done
  • Highlands hosting talk on wildfires

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is hosting a free public talk on reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire and watershed health at 12 p.m. Wednesday in Burris Hall, Room 129, 903 National Ave.

    Andrew Egan, New Mexico Forestry and Watershed Restoration Institute director, will also talk about examples of cross-disciplinary research related to forest harvesting

    The university’s chapter of Sigma Xi, a scientific research society, is sponsoring the talk. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Two juveniles charged in burglary

    State police have charged two juveniles with a host of crimes for allegedly breaking into a woman’s house late last month and taking a laptop computer, game systems, games, coins and a video camera.

    The 15-year-old and 16-year-old boys were caught with many of the items by the victim’s cousin, according to probable cause statements filed in district court.

    The burglary occurred the night of March 24, and the cousin found the teens and an 18-year old by the river in the Tecolote Land Grant the following day. They were carrying two bags.

  • Councilor defends zoning decision

    City Councilman Andy Feldman says that contrary to the criticism levied by two members of the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission, the council’s decision to deny a request for a zone change for a proposed child care center on the southeast corner of Eighth Street and Friedman wasn’t politically motivated.

    The council sent the request back to the Planning & Zoning Commission for further review.

  • Looking Back - April 9, 2012

    In 1912

    Thursday, April 16 — Walk from Pacific to Atlantic: Tired and footsore, but in robust health and excellent spirits, J. Justice and M. Brady, who are walking from San Francisco to New York City, and return, as a wager of $1,500, arrived in Las Vegas at about 2:30 o’clock this morning after a tramp of 13 hours, during which they walked from Lamy (to) here, a distance of 48 miles.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 9, 2012

    Forums for runoff election this week

    Highlands University’s political science department is sponsoring question-and-answer sessions for the mayoral and council candidates running in the April 17 runoffs. The Ward 3 session will be this coming Tuesday. The mayoral session will be this coming Thursday. Both begin at 5:30 p.m. at Highlands’ Sininger Hall, room 100.