Local News

  • International show displays area diversity

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Las Vegas is undoubtedly aware of the diversity of cultures beyond our own, enhanced by the United World College students, but there’s more, much more to boast of. The New Mexico Highlands University International Student Community brings even more tang to the flavor.

    Gathering of Nations 2012, the presentation of  the NMHU ISC students, brought this fact to the forefront at Ilfeld Auditorum this past Thursday.

  • Outstanding season
  • Santa Fe officers trained to police on bikes

    By Chris Quintana
    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe police Officer Jeff Worth treats his bike like a patrol car, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t. His Kona 27-speed mountain bike is equipped with a siren, flashing lights and an emergency kit. And his authority is the same. The charge for fleeing an officer is the same whether he’s on a bike or in a car.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 12, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Power shortfall delays outpost

    A new $15 million U.S. Customs and Border Patrol outpost in southern New Mexico is a year behind schedule because federal planners failed to make sure the local power co-op could provide enough electricity.
    Customs agents assigned to the border crossing in Antelope Wells are instead operating out of trailers.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 12, 2012

    In 1962
    Wednesday, Nov. 7 — Former West Las Vegas Mayor Junio Lopez was the only Republican in San Miguel County to receive more votes than his Democratic opponent, carrying his county by a 4,221-to-3,738 margin over Democratic incumbent Thomas G. Morris.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 12, 2012

    ‘An Ecology of the Mind’ screening at UWC

    Nora Bateson is visiting UWC-USA and will be present for a special screening of her film “An Ecology of the Mind” at 7 p.m. this Tuesday in the Kluge Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Naomi.swinton@uwc-usa.org for more information.

  • Weather - Nov. 12, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 42. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 26.

    Sunny, with a high near 60. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:34 a.m. to 4:56 p.m.

  • City meter project funded

    The city of Las Vegas has secured about $1.1 million in financing to upgrade existing water meters so that they no longer need to be read manually.

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia notified the City Council this week that about $825,000 of that funding will be a grant while the remaining $275,000 would be in the form of a zero-percent interest loan.

    The funding comes from the New Mexico Finance Authorities Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund.

  • War Stories - Garcia saved comrades in Korea

    Roberto Garcia is a hero. Garcia, 81, joined the U.S. Army on Jan. 12, 1949, and shortly thereafter found himself risking his own life for the safety of his comrades.

    “At that time you needed a job; there was nothing else to do so you joined the service,” Garcia said.  “We were a bunch of friends. We got together that day so we decided to join the service.”

    Garcia went to basic training in Fort Ord, Calif. His unit was shipped to Japan later that year.

  • Marijuana mailed to inmate

    The Region IV Narcotics Task Force made two marijuana-related arrests recently, one a woman who allegedly mailed pot to an inmate at the county jail and the second a New Mexico Highlands University student accused of selling the drug out of his dorm room.