Local News

  • Looking Ahead - News Sept. 2, 2011

    Bean Days festivities are this weekend

    Wagon Mound is celebrates Bean Days from Sept. 2 to Sept. 5 Numerous activities are planned including dances, a parade, music in the park, food, kids events and the traditional free beans and barbecue lunch. For more information, visit ww.BeanDay100.com or call 575-666-2697.

  • Weather - Sept. 2, 2011

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming southeast 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30percent. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 58. East wind 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30percent.

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south 5 mph.  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

  • FYI - News

    The Las Vegas Optic offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

  • Correction - News Sept. 2, 2011

    Previous stories  in the Optic on the murder case against Ryan Garcia have erroneously reported Ralph Garcia’s relationship to the defendant. Ralph Garcia is Ryan Garcia’s father.

  • President Obama sets sights on speech

    By Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will a deliver rare address to a joint session of Congress next week to introduce a long-awaited plan for jobs and economic growth, but not before being forced to yield in a test of wills with House Speaker John Boehner over not what he would say, but when he would say it.

    Obama agreed to schedule his address on Sept. 8 after Boehner balked at the president's request for a Sept. 7 speech.

  • $1M in road fixes on the way

    At least 24 streets in Las Vegas are poised to get a makeover totaling $1 million over the next month.  

    But rather than reconstructing the roads, the city has contracted with an out-of-state company to repave the streets with the material that’s already there.

  • Charge tossed as trial nears

    Attorneys representing the man accused of killing a local postal carrier in late 2009 scored a significant victory Monday when the judge presiding over the case tossed one of the charges in the case.

  • Highlands receiving $100K grant

    Only about 34 of the 158 first-time, full-time Hispanic freshmen who enrolled at New Mexico Highlands University in the fall of 2004 walked away with a bachelor’s degree six years later.

    According to the latest Performance Effectiveness report submitted to state lawmakers in November, Highlands’ graduation rate for Hispanic students stood at 21.5 percent, compared to its overall six-year graduation rate of 18.9 percent.

  • Bear ends up on roof of house, killed

    Hungry black bears descending into the area have made their way into trash bins, backyards, and they’ve even taken over the city’s river walk in recent weeks. But climbing up a ladder and hopping on a roof?

    That’s what happened at a home near the intersection of Ninth and Baca Monday morning after city police cornered the bear in a backyard. But there was no fairy tale ending for the resourceful young bear, which had to be put down by the state Game and Fish Department.

  • Memorial service set for English prof

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A public memorial service for Gina Briefs-Elgin, a longtime New Mexico Highlands University English faculty member, will be held Friday.

    The memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. Light refreshments will be served.