Local News

  • 4 percent raise sought for teachers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A coalition of education groups is lobbying the Legislature to provide 4 percent pay raises for teachers and other public school employees next year, a proposal that puts them at odds with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 28, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Jan. 28 — A long-time resident and well-known newspaper editor of Las Vegas, Walter T. Vivian, died in a local hospital this morning following an extended illness. He came to Las Vegas in 1929 and was employed by the Las Vegas Daily Optic as editor. A short time later, he moved to Roswell, where he was editor of the Roswell Daily Record. He and his wife, Delma, returned to Las Vegas and both entered the employment of the Daily Optic again. He later edited the Gallup Independent.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 28, 2013

    East School Board forum Jan. 30

    A candidate forum has been scheduled for Las Vegas City Schools Board candidates for the Feb. 5 election. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the city schools board room, 901 Douglas Ave. Contact Charlene Jiron, in the superintendent’s office at 454-5702, for more information.

  • Weather - Jan. 28, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.

    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

  • Violence-prevention program promotes stalking awareness

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Campus Violence Prevention Program is marking national Stalking Awareness Month in January by reaching out to students.

    The national theme is “Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop It.” The violence prevention program has used its Facebook page, No Violence HU, for numerous posts to raise awareness and share resources for stalking. Posters are also on display around campus.

  • Campos gets 1 more year

    The stage was set for a showdown Wednesday night over a proposed two-year contract extension for Luna Community College President Pete Campos.

    But a last-minute compromise avoided that showdown, with the board voting 6-1 to grant Campos a one-year contract extension, meaning that Campos will be at the school’s helm through at least June 30, 2014.

  • Passenger shot during bizarre chase

    State police are continuing to investigate a bizarre incident in Mora County in which a teen sustained a gunshot wound Saturday night as people in two separate vehicles shot at the vehicle she was a passenger in.

    State police Lt. Robert McDonald said Thursday that no suspects had yet been arrested.

    The harrowing ordeal occurred at around 10:45 p.m. Saturday as the teen was on her way back from Taos.

    Near Holman Elementary School, a dark extended cab truck was traveling north as the Green Honda the victim was in was headed south.

  • Senior profile - Betty Quick

    By Lupita P.Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Betty Quick’s surname aptly defines her character — petite, lively, eager, unceremonious, and at least 15 other adjectives embodied by the word, quick. Those who know Betty would probably agree that the name is apt for her. And one further clarification straight from Ms. Quick: “It’s not Elizabeth …  I am Betty!”

  • A day of service for UWC students

    By Emily Withnall

    They hammered boards, raked fields, scrubbed a shelter, stuffed envelopes, and more.
    On Monday, 25 work crews made up of students, community members and volunteers spread out to help with myriad service projects in Montezuma, Las Vegas, Ribera, and Watrous in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

    Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. through service has become a tradition at UWC-USA and across the nation; MLK Day was designated as the National Day of Service by President Barack Obama in 2009.

  • No one injured in school blaze

    A small trash can and paper towel dispenser fire caused the evacuation of Tony Serna Jr. Elementary on Tuesday morning.

    Students and staff all evacuated safely as city of Las Vegas fire crews reported to the small fire that was confined to a boys bathroom on the southwest part of the building.

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Gene Parson said an 8-year-old male student brought a lighter from home and lit a paper towel on fire in the bathroom. The boy’s name wasn’t released because of federal privacy laws.