Local News

  • African American Legacy Symposium set for Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic
    Highlands University presents two symposiums about New Mexico’s African American Legacy this Saturday and Feb. 9.

    Saturday’s symposium is titled The Migration of African Americans to Northern New Mexico.

    The Feb. 9 symposium is titled The Impact of the African American Athlete on New Mexico Highlands University. Both symposiums are from 1 to 3 p.m. in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 25, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 15 and Jan. 21:
    James Guerro, 25, bench warrant: Failure to comply with conditions of release
    Kenneth Sena, 43, bench warrant: Driving on suspended revoked license, child not properly restrained, failure to pay
    Raymond Archuleta, 43, failure to pay child support
    Antonio Goke, 26, bench warrant: Failure to pay fines, Armed Robbery

  • In Brief - Local - Jan. 25, 2013

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Missing driver found by deputy

    A search for a man who apparently became disoriented and disappeared after he rolled his vehicle on Sunday ended happily when he was found by a Mora County sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday morning.
    Sheriff Thomas Garza said state police handled the initial call about the rollover that occurred on N.M. 518 at about mile marker 26 or 27.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 25, 2013

    In 1963

    Wednesday, Jan. 23 — When the North team assembles this August to play against the South in the annual football game at Lobos’ stadium in Albuquerque, Las Vegas will be represented by two boys who have been standouts in the life of their schools for several years. Eddie Valdez has been selected for the team as guard, a position he held down on the West Las Vegas Dons for the past three years. Mark Johnson took the helm as quarterback on the Robertson Cardinal football team in his sophomore year.

  • Annual Literacy Fair Sat.

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting the fifth annual Literacy Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 25, 2013

    Literacy Fair is this weekend

    The fifth annual Literacy Fair will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. All are welcome and invited to help promote reading for all ages by dressing up as a character from myths, stories or legends. For more information, call Janet Remenyik at 454-1307.

  • Weather - Jan. 25, 2013

    Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Southwest wind 15-20 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.


  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 25, 2013

    The Associated Press

    State grad rate was 67.3 percent

    The federal government reports that New Mexico’s graduation rate for the 2009-2010 was 67.3 percent. That’s below the national average of 78.2 percent.
    The so-called “average freshman graduation rates” indicate the percentage of 9th graders who go on to graduate within four years.
    The rates are being reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education.

  • 20 years on the bench
  • Gov: License repeal still goal

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that she remained committed to “full repeal” of a New Mexico law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses despite signaling a willingness to compromise with state Democrats a day earlier.