Local News

  • United World College-USA celebrates 30 years

    Submitted to the Optic

    Believe it or not, it’s been three decades since His Royal Highness Prince Charles rolled into Las Vegas with his motorcade to commemorate the opening of United World College-USA. This month, the school is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and everyone is invited to join the fun.

    A community festival is scheduled from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the school soccer field. The day will include international student performances, workshops, activities, and food. Everyone is welcome.

  • Tragedy strikes Vatos

    By Martín Salazar and Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    A member of the Highlands University Vatos Rugby club was killed and four others were injured in a single vehicle rollover on Interstate 25 just east of Santa Fe Saturday evening.

    The accident resulted in a portion of I-25 being closed for more than six hours as the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office investigated the accident.

    It occurred at 7:14 p.m. on northbound Interstate 25 near the Lamy exit.

  • Parson tapped to be West chief

    A familiar face is now heading the West Las Vegas School District.

    During a school board meeting on Thursday evening, the board unanimously approved Gene Parson as superintendent for the district.

    He had been the district associate superintendent.

    He replaces Ruben Cordova who submitted his 30-day resignation letter late last month. Parson’s appointment will run through June 30 at the salary of $95,000. Cordova was making $100,000 a year. Cordova served as district superintendent since May 2010.

  • Making the Grade

    PECOS — Less than three years ago the Pecos Independent School District earned the dubious distinction of having two of its three schools on a list of the state’s worst performing schools.

    District officials said that was their turning point.

    In February 2010, Pecos Middle as well at the district’s high school were named 12th and 24th respectively in a list of the 35  worst performing schools throughout the state. The ranking was publicized in an Albuquerque Journal article.

  • Residents cry foul over forest decision

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — A state senator and a coalition of rural residents from northern New Mexico are fighting a decision by the Santa Fe National Forest to allow four-wheelers and other backcountry vehicles on Glorieta Mesa, an area where Hispanics have been ranching and collecting firewood and pinon for centuries.

    They say the plan, which was years in the making and is now the subject of more than 20 appeals, is racially biased and threatens their culture and tradition.

  • Looking Back - News - Sept. 17, 2012

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  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 17, 2012

    Entrepreneurship forum is Thursday

    Las Vegas First Entrepreneurial Networking program and Highlands Foundation are kicking off an entrepreneurship forum. The first evening forum will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. this Thursday in the El Fidel lobby. Complimentary tapas will be served. Call Valerie Hayden at 454-1205.

  • Weather - Sept. 17, 2012

    A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. North wind 15-20 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. East wind 10-15 mph, becoming light after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 72. Light and variable wind becoming south 10-15 mph in the morning. Clear at night, with a low around 47.

  • Highlands readies for battle

    New Mexico Highlands University regents have fired the opening shot in what could turn into a messy court battle with the contractor they blame for delays in the construction of the student center building.

    Regents fired general contractor Makwa Builders LLC. in February, and the Albuquerque-based company and the university are now fighting over how much Makwa is owed.

  • Breathtaking Skill - Acrobats to perform at Ilfeld

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents the Golden Dragon Acrobats at 3 p.m. Sunday in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    For more than 30 years, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have dazzled audiences around the world with shows of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. They are considered the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company.