Local News

  • 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.

  • Governor to seek road money in special session

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez's administration plans to ask the Legislature to provide $41 million for road maintenance across the state to help offset costs the Transportation Department incurred paying its share for the Rail Runner commuter train system.

    The Republican governor wants lawmakers to provide the money in a capital improvement financing bill during a special legislative session, which is to start next week.

  • Census: NM ranks 5th in proportion of gay couples

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico has the fifth-highest proportion of same-sex couples in the nation and over ten years has seen a 73 percent jump in households identifying as same-sex couples, according to a new analysis of census figures.

    The report said 9.8 out of every 1,000 New Mexico households are headed by same-sex couples with most located in the northern part of the state.

  • In Brief - News

    From The Associated Press

    Gov. pushing school proposal

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is finding out that nailing down a legislator’s support is a tricky assignment.

    The Republican governor announced Monday she’ll ask lawmakers in a special session next week to approve a measure to stop third-graders from moving to the fourth grade if they aren’t proficient in reading.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 31, 2011

    In 1911

    Thursday, Aug. 31 — Paul Wicar, the young Italian laborer, who was recently bound over to the grand jury on a charge of assaulting a young native with a dangerous weapon, has been ordered released from jail on a bond of $200 by Judge Roberts. Wicar was arrested some time ago. His bond was fixed at a much higher figure. Wicar was about to institute habeas corpus proceedings when he was given a hearing by the judge. He is employed on the construction of the Las Vegas sewer system.

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 31, 2011

    Story Time at Carnegie is Wednesday

    Story Time at Carnegie Library will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Planting the Wild Garden” by Kathryn O. Galbraith. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Aug. 31, 2011

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.


  • Correction - News Aug. 31, 2011

    A story in Monday’s Optic on the man who will be standing trial in his grandmother’s death contained an error. Paragraph 10 of the story should have said that Ryan Garcia allegedly hit another of his relatives over the head with a pipe.

  • Bean Day 101 this weekend in Wagon Mound

    By Ron Luebke
    Wagon Mound Bean Day Association

    While the rest of the U.S. celebrates Labor Day, in Wagon Mound, N.M. many gather for “Bean Day,” a time for celebrating the annual harvest and a way of life that has existed in Wagon Mound for more than 100 years.  

  • Bear invasion closes river walk

    Numerous bear sightings in and around the Gallinas Park River Walk have forced officials to close the popular exercise trail from Bridge Street to Mills Avenue.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño announced the closure Friday morning after more bear sightings there Thursday night. One bear was even caught on camera at the State Employees Credit Union. That bear managed to escape capture.

    Montaño said the river walk was closed due to safety concerns. A lot of walkers use the trail in the evening, when the bears are looking for food, he said.