Local News

  • Migration exhibit to open Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Exhibit design students from New Mexico Highlands University have created a new multimedia exhibit, Memories of Migration: Las Vegas. It will open at the Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation, 116 Bridge St., on Friday and be on display through Jan. 16.

  • Foul play ruled out in death

    Authorities investigating the death of a 52-year-old New Mexico Highlands University student have officially concluded that she died of natural causes.

    Paige Martinez was found deceased in her Kennedy Hall dorm room last Monday evening. Investigators initially suspected that Martinez died of natural causes, but said the case would remain open pending the results of an autopsy. Late Wednesday, the agency announced that foul play had been ruled out.

  • Ferguson decision opens wounds in Albuquerque

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is reopening old wounds in Albuquerque.

    That’s because none of the Albuquerque officers in the more than 40 police shootings since 2010 has faced charges. And it’s still unclear if the officers in the high-profile March shooting of homeless camper James Boyd, 38, will face indictments.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 1, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 1, 2014

    Annual Christmas Fair
    Annual Christmas Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Sala De Madrid on the Highlands campus. For more information, contact Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 505-652-6943.

  • Weather - Dec. 1, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. South wind 10-15 mph. Increasing clouds at night, with a low around 29. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

    Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 37.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 36.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:52 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.

  • East catches up on audits

    It has been eight years since Las Vegas City Schools could say it was current on its audits. At least until now.

    Earlier this month the east side school district submitted its audit for the 2013-14 school year to the State Auditor’s Office by the required deadline. The last time the district was current on all audits was in 2006. The submission comes on the coattails of the 2012-13 fiscal year audit submission in October.

  • Senior profile - Charles Goddard

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Dozens of friends and neighbors gathered at a house on Myrtle Avenue in Las Vegas to help a man they love and respect reach another milestone.

    A large cake, held up by his caretaker, Lynn Esquibel, and members of her family, bore large numerals: 99.

  • HU student was mentor, filmmaker

    The Highlands University student found dead inside the Kennedy Hall dorm room where she had been staying is being remembered as a mentor to undergraduates and as an accomplished film producer in her own right.

    Paige Martinez, 52, was a graduate media arts student at Highlands. When she didn’t show up to work on Monday, Highlands police were asked to do a welfare check on her. She was found unresponsive inside the dorm room where she had been staying for a few days due to flooding in her off-campus apartment.

  • Don’t forget Small Business Saturday

    Today is Black Friday, the day when bargain- conscious shoppers wake up before dawn and crowd into stores to take advantage of the many deals being offered to holiday shoppers.

    But many merchants in Las Vegas and throughout the country are hoping to bring as much prominence to another shopping holiday, called Small Business Saturday, which is aimed at drawing customers into small businesses in their own communities.

    Small Business Saturday is tomorrow, the day after Black Friday, and several small businesses are offering up bargains of their own on that day.