Local News

  • Monument order may complicate transfers

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — President Donald  Trump’s executive order to review the designation of national monuments on federal lands could scuttle an unapproved land swap with the state of New Mexico designed to generate more local income for education, the state’s land commissioner said Wednesday.

  • Grad student examines PTSD treatment

    Highlands University

    Growing up in a military family influenced Mackenzie May to focus her doctoral studies on treatment for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder.

    “Military culture is part of my identity, and I’d like to give back to the military community by working with veterans with PTSD who have sacrificed so much for our country while in combat,” May said.

  • In Brief - News - April 30, 2017

    Staff and wire reports
    Tax reform to be part of special session
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she will add comprehensive tax reform to a yet-to-be-announced special session aimed at solving the state’s budget crisis.

    The Republican governor made the announcement Thursday at the 14th Annual New Mexico Tax Research Institute Policy Conference.

  • School clinic earns recognition

    El Centro’s school-based health clinic at West Las Vegas High School has been named one of the exemplary sites in the state by the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care.

    The award was presented to clinic staff on April 19 in Albuquerque during the state organization’s Head 2 Toe annual conference.

    Awards were bestowed on clinics that demonstrated “superior performance” in the 2016-17 school year, according to the NMASBHC.

  • Need help paying PNM bill?

    Submitted to the Optic

    PNM will host an assistance fair to help Las Vegas-area residents in need pay their electric bills and get helpful money-saving information on Wednesday, May 3, at the Salvation Army located at 1743 North Grand in Las Vegas.

    Assistance with PNM bills is provided through the company’s Good Neighbor Fund.

    The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • KOA camping benefit May 12-13

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas New Mexico KOA campground, located at 76 Romeroville Frontage Road in Las Vegas, is offering campers a special Saturday of camping for just $10 to benefit KOA Care Camps for children with cancer.

    The Care Camps Big Weekend event will be held Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13.

  • Weather - April 30, 2017


    HIGH 53° / LOW 34°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 34.
    6:10 a.m. to 7:47 p.m.


    HIGH 64° / LOW 37°
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Monday night —mostly clear, with a low around 37.
    6:09 a.m. to 7:48 p.m.


  • Unions: Furloughs not needed

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Unions representing New Mexico state employees are speaking out against Gov. Susana Martinez’s plan to save money by furloughing government workers.

    State Personnel Director Justin Najaka sent letters to union leaders this week letters indicating Martinez is moving forward with the furloughs. The notice comes after warnings from Martinez that New Mexico could run out of cash before the budget year ends in June, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

  • Tuition increase on tap at NMHU

    Students attending New Mexico Highlands this coming fall will have to dig a bit deeper into their pockets for tuition and fees and other expenses.

    Just how deep may be determined on Friday, when the school’s board of regents meets at Kennedy Lounge. The meeting gets under way at 9 a.m.

    Consideration of recommended increases in tuition, fees, housing and meal plans will be part of a full agenda of action items.

  • J Boog concert Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents J Boog, a renowned reggae singer and songwriter of Samoan descent, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wilson Complex, 1241 Ninth St.

    J Boog’s popularity has soared since his debut album “Hear Me Roar” in 2007. His 2011 album,  “Backyard Boogie” earned him the Best New Entertainer of the Year Award in 2012 at Chicago’s International Reggae and World Music Awards.