Local News

  • Duncan praises push to help immigrants

    By Kimberly Hefling
    AP Education Writer

    WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday he’s encouraged that some states are allowing the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges.

    As an example, Duncan pointed to Rhode Island, where this fall the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education unanimously approved in-state tuition for illegal immigrants starting in fall 2012.

  • Gov looking at tax reform proposals

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is considering a wide range of business friendly tax proposals for next year’s legislative session in hopes of improving New Mexico’s economy.

  • Tribe asking renters their immigration status

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico mobile home community operated by a Native American tribe is requiring that all residents show proof they are living in the country legally.

    Tesuque Pueblo notified residents of the Tesuque Trailer Village in a letter dated Oct. 17 that all tenants must sign new rental contracts and show officials U.S. birth certificates, passports or immigration documents, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

    Neither federal nor state law prohibits renting to illegal immigrants.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 9, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, Nov. 7 — With the sun shining brightly and the temperature well up in the comfortable region the day set apart for the first state election in New Mexico was an ideal one from every standpoint...  This means a Republican victory. For the great majority of the voters of New Mexico are members of the Republican party... Reports from the various precincts in Las Vegas and throughout the county were to the effect that voting was exceptionally heavy.

  • Weather - Nov. 9, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. South wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23. South wind around 10 mph, becoming west.

    Sunny, with a high near 51. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.

  • Congress sputters on cuts, spending bills

    By Andrew Taylor
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — A sputtering Congress enveloped in an atmosphere poisoned with politics and distrust enters its final weeks of the year struggling to complete a lengthy to-do list on the budget.

    The so-called deficit supercommittee is hung up over taxes, raising real doubts it will succeed in its assignment of cutting deficits by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade.

  • Appeals court upholds law

    By Nedra Pickler
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON— A conservative-leaning appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law, as the Supreme Court prepares to consider this week whether to resolve conflicting rulings over the law’s requirement that all Americans buy health care insurance.

  • Jungle Book production today at Ilfeld Auditorium

    Submitted to the Optic

    The State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, Calif., will perform the Jungle Book ballet at 7:30 pm. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 in New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The auditorium is at 900 University Ave.

    The State Street Ballet is an acclaimed ballet company with a cast of dancers that tours throughout the United States as well as internationally.  

    The company is known for its innovative choreography and unique style.

  • East district gets negative audit

    Las Vegas City Schools received a failing grade on its latest audit report, with auditors saying some of the district’s financial records are in such disarray that they are unable to issue an opinion on whether the district’s financial statements are accurate.

  • Mad Hatter’s Ball prep