Local News

  • Reining in payday loans falls by wayside

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    Jill Mooney recently took out a $300 loan from a storefront business to get out of a financial jam, putting up her $1,400 car as collateral.

    The Albuquerque mother of four thought it would take roughly three, $100-a-month payments to be done with the loan. But it took seven months, and the interest rate ended up being more than 200 percent.

    “They take advantage of you,” said Mooney of the loan outlets.

  • Looking Back - April 15, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, April 12 — Miss Lupe Lopez, West Las Vegas High School, was presented with a typewriter in behalf of the Las Vegas Typewriter Co. for her outstanding test results during Highlands Day and during the year. The presentation was made during the State Commerce Club Awards Banquet Friday evening. The presentation was made by Dr. Robert Tussing, head of the business administration department at Highlands, following the banquet.

  • Looking ahead - News - April 15, 2015

    Arts and Crafts Fair planned for Saturday
    Spring Blossom Arts and Crafts Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Sala De Madrid. The fair is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. For more information call Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 454-4434.

  • Weather - April 15, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Sunny, with a high near 63. Windy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, increasing to 25-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, becoming north 15-20 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.


  • Gov axes Mora funding

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed the $6.2 billion state budget Thursday afternoon, but not before eliminating several earmarks, including the $1.8 million that lawmakers had inserted in the bill for the Mora County Complex.

    The governor didn’t hold back in her veto message, taking the opportunity to blast the Mora County project, which has been stalled for years.

  • Helping the hungry

    Las Vegas Optic

    A total of 5,674 pounds of food was collected for hungry area residents during a community-wide food drive last month.

    The drive was facilitated locally by city councilor Vince Howell and was a collaborative effort by the Food Depot and the Agency Relations Council. The drive concentrated specifically on protein.

  • Weather - April 13, 2015

    Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 15-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.


  • Budget boosts education, child welfare spending

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed a $6.2 billion budget Thursday boosting spending for education, child welfare, public safety and economic development.

    “This is a responsible budget that invests heavily in creating jobs and educating our children,” Martinez said. The signing was held at IntelliCyt, a 42-employee Albuquerque company which produces tools to facilitate the study of cells.

  • In Brief - News - April 13, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Bills aim to boost film production

    A pair of bills signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez are designed to give a boost to the state’s already booming film industry.

    A measure signed Friday expands the state’s film incentive program to allow qualifying television pilot episodes to receive additional rebates.

    Television productions currently qualify for a 30 percent tax rebate on direct expenditures if they film at least six episodes. The new law would allow pilots to receive that level of rebate.

  • HU’s Donnelly Library holding used book sale

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Book lovers will have a chance to stock up on a wide variety of best sellers, classics and nonfiction at the Donnelly Library used book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

    Donnelly Library at Highlands University is adjacent to the Student Union Building. The book sale will be in the library’s first floor lobby.

    The books are priced to sell at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardbacks. On April 17 from noon to 4 p.m. bargain hunters can fill a bag of books for just $2.