Local News

  • Future of Colorado River on agenda in San Diego

    By Ken Ritter
    The Associated Press
    Top water decision-makers from seven Western states plan to join conservation groups and Indian tribes in San Diego on Tuesday to begin hammering out rules for squeezing every useable drop from the overtaxed Colorado River.

  • Looking Back - May 29, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 29, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday in the children’s area of the library. This week’s book is “Summer Days” by Roger Pare. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - May 29, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Windy, with a west wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 46. Windy, with a west wind 20-30 mph, decreasing to 10-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 80. Breezy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 47. Breezy.


  • Trudell’s documentary showing at Ilfeld Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    New Mexico Highlands University will present Tara Trudell’s narrative documentary film Poem Home at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave.
    Trudell, 44, of Las Vegas, is an award-winning filmmaker and poet who will graduate from Highlands University in the fall semester with a BFA in media arts with an emphasis in filmmaking.

  • State-of-the-art learning

    Luna Community College’s nursing program got a little stronger Tuesday as the college unveiled a new state-of-the art simulation lab that students will be training in.

    Gov. Susana Martinez was on hand as college officials unveiled the lab, which was made possible by a Title V grant.

    “It’s an exciting day for us to showcase the state-of-the-art simulation lab...,” LCC Title V Director Lorraine Martinez said. “A new era of medical learning will be addressed with simulators.”

  • Obstacles no match for RHS grad

    Raymundo Melendez   walked across the stage at Robertson High School on Friday morning, marking an end to a conquered challenge. Graduating from high school took lots of hard work, dedication and focus for Melendez, who has severe learning disabilities.

    Nevertheless, the 18-year-old defied the odds.

    “I have a disability in reading and math,” Melendez said during a recent interview. “I just got my report card today (Thursday) and I got an A in pre-calculus. So, I am very proud of that.”

  • Vandalism case handed to state police

    New Mexico State Police has taken over the investigation of the Robertson High School vandalism.

    The Las Vegas Police Department turned the criminal case over to state police on Thursday in an effort to avoid any appearance of impropriety, Deputy Las Vegas Chief Eugene Garcia confirmed.

    In addition, Garcia said the damage estimate has been reduced from the original estimate of between $20,000 and $40,000 to $2,000. The reduced estimate could mean that anyone charged in the vandalism  would face lesser charges.

  • Southwest Capital promotes Melton

    Submitted to the Optic

    Southwest Capital Bank has promoted Mike Melton to Regional President.

    “Everything I have done over the past 20 years has helped prepare me for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Melton, who is now completing his final year at the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado. He expects to finish in the top 10 percent of his class.

    “I consider this to be the greatest honor and privilege to serve the community I love so much as Southwest Capital Bank’s first regional president,” Melton said.

  • UWC Graduation