Local News

  • Makwa demands retraction

    An attorney representing the construction company that had been overseeing the building of the New Mexico Highlands University student center until regents fired it is demanding that a regent retract statements he made about the company.

    Ross Crown, the attorney representing Makwa Builders LLC, sent a letter to Highlands attorneys late last month containing the demands and putting the university on notice that Makwa may pursue legal remedies if its demands aren’t met.

  • Preparing for a crisis - County stages mock disaster

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    On Interstate 25 north of Las Vegas a semi-truck carrying hazardous household chemicals crashes into a school bus full of teenagers returning from a summer basketball camp.

  • Highlands loses popular program

    A popular New Mexico Highlands University program that exposed thousands of low income students to college has lost its federal funding and been terminated.

    The four-year grant ended on Dec. 30, 2011, meaning that it didn’t offer programs to students this calendar year.

  • $600M generated for schools, hospitals

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Land Office says it has earned more than $650 million from state trust lands in the most recent fiscal year.

    The New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas is the beneficiary of nearly $3 million, while New Mexico Highlands University will get $263,000.

  • Loughner would get life in shooting

    By Paul Davenport
    and Pete Yost
    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — A possible plea deal in the deadly Tucson shootings that wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords would send Jared Lee Loughner to prison for the rest of his life, according to a person familiar with the case.

  • Candidates see what they want in jobs report

    By Ben Feller
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Sputtering along, the economy is offering some hope but no illuminating help to voters who are mired in a weak jobs recovery and flooded with familiar promises from President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. A new employment snapshot seemed too mixed and middling to jolt a consistently close race.

  • Looking Back - August 6, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Aug. 8 — David Bibb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dee Bibb of Las Vegas, is one of four members of Highlands University’s August graduating class who participated in the institution’s Early Admissions Program. And he is the first from Las Vegas to graduate under the program. Because Bibb attended summer school as well, he was able to graduate in three years.

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 6, 2012

    Meeting on water rate hike is Tuesday

    The city of Las Vegas continues to hold public meetings on its proposed water rate hikes. The next meeting, which will focus on the proposed rate hikes as they apply to commercial customers, will be at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday at Sininger Hall on the New Mexico Highlands University campus, 904 National Ave.

  • Weather - August 6, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.


  • Law school dean nominated

    ALBUQUERQUE — Tribal leaders and others are praising the nomination of a University of New Mexico Law School dean to oversee the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, saying he’s well-qualified and understands the issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

    New Mexico U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall said they would push for the swift confirmation of Kevin Washburn in the Senate. Washburn will succeed Larry Echo Hawk, who resigned earlier this year, if the nomination is approved.