Local News

  • Chief: HU police keeping log after all

    The chief of the New Mexico Highlands University police department  says that, although he hadn’t been aware of it until recently, his department had been maintaining a federally required crime blotter.

    Chief Donato Sena said a dispatcher is in the process of going through the log to ensure that it is complete.

    University officials had previously said that the blotter wasn’t being kept under Sena but that it had been kept under the previous police chief’s administration.

  • Highlands program gets accreditation

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The clinical psychology/counseling master’s program at New Mexico Highlands University received accreditation in November from the Masters Psychology Accreditation Council.

    Nationwide, only about 22 universities are accredited by the council, the sole accrediting entity in the United States for master’s degree programs in psychology.

    The American Psychological Association accredits only doctoral programs.

  • County seeks funds for roadways

    Recent snow, rain and freezing temperatures have left a number of county roads in bad shape, prompting the San Miguel County Commission to approve a disaster declaration.

    Commissioners unanimously approved the declaration at their board meeting last week.

    The declaration states that extensive damage was suffered by county roads in Gonzales Ranch, Aurora, Cerrito, Sacatosa, Leyba, Trujillo and in Sabinoso.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 28, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Couple pays off layaway items

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Secret Santa and Mrs. Claus have given a dozen military families in Albuquerque a very special Christmas gift by paying off layaway lists that included toys for children.

    Marie Vigil, manager of the Kirtland Air Force Base’s store, told KOAT that a retired military couple who wanted to remain anonymous walked into the base’s store over the weekend and paid off the lists of 12 families.

  • Analysts see stocks and risks up in ‘12

    By Bernard Condon
    AP Business Writer

    NEW YORK — The good news is that Wall Street experts think stock prices will rise more than 10 percent next year. The bad news is that they expected big gains in 2011 and got nearly zero instead.

    It’s forecasting time on Wall Street, and once again the pros are trying to predict the unpredictable. History suggests their target price for stocks by the end of 2012 will prove too high or too low. They might even get the direction wrong — predicting a gain when there’s a loss.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 28, 2011

    In 1911

  • Weather - Dec. 28, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 47. West wind 5-10 mph.Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25. Northwest wind 10-15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. Thursday night, mostly clear with a low around 27.

    Sunny, with a high near 55. Friday Night, mostly clear with a low around 27.

    Sunny, with a high near 55 and a low around 28.

  • Two nominated to board

    By Julie Pace
    The Associated Press

    HONOLULU — A vacationing President Barack Obama has nominated a Harvard University professor and a former Treasury official under President George H.W. Bush — a Democrat and a Republican — to the Federal Reserve Board.

    In a statement from Hawaii where he is vacationing with his family, Obama praised Jeremy Stein and Jerome Powell for agreeing to serve his administration at a critical moment for the U.S. economy.

  • Sanchez challenges Vegas

    Submitted to the Optic

    Leveo Sanchez has issued a “Challenge Grant” to the Las Vegas community that could go as high as $10,000. The funds will support MainStreet de Las Vegas to implement projects for 2012. Every dollar received in memberships and donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $10,000. Contributions of any size will count. Donations are fully tax deductible, as MainStreet is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit corporation.

  • A Sara Harris Christmas

    If you think you go all out on your holiday decorating chances are you haven’t seen Sara Harris’ house during the Christmas season.

    The Victorian home on Fifth Street she and her husband, Jay, live in is transformed into a virtual Christmas wonderland this time of year, complete with Santas, villages, angels, an heirloom nativity scene and more than a dozen meticulously decorated trees, each one with its own theme.