Local News

  • Syrian activist to hold presentation at college

    Submitted to the Optic

    Syrian activist Alaa Basatneh will hold a presentation on her work as part the United World College-USA Global Issues. She is featured in multiple award-winning documentary, #ChicagoGirl. The film has aired in more than 40 countries including Al Jazeera and ABC/Univision’s Fusion Network. Her presentation will take place at 7 p.m. today (Friday) in the college’s auditorium.

  • Vegas praised as ‘natural’ for film

    Las Vegas has had numerous cameos on television. On Saturday, the film union will visit Luna Community College for a “Longmire Loves Las Vegas Day.”

    Jon Hendry of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 480 said the main objective of the event is to get people jobs.

    “We are bringing in lots of fun stuff and giving away things, but most importantly we are getting people jobs,” Hendry said in a telephone interview.

  • Search on for suspect in robbery attempt

    Las Vegas Optic

    The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying an individual who brandished a handgun in a failed attempt to rob a local bank last week.

    According to the FBI, the individual entered the walk-in area of Community 1st Bank Motor Branch at 518 Douglas Avenue at 4:55 p.m. on Thursday.

    “The suspect tapped on the protective glass with a handgun, but left without any money and might have fled in a vehicle parked nearby,” the FBI said in a news release.

  • NM may put state pay raises on hold

    By Morgan Lee

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers warned Friday that state pay raises may have to be put on hold because of low energy prices and weaker-than-expected tax revenues.

    Funding for education, Medicaid and public safety would grow the most under a legislative budget plan that calls for an additional $230.7 million in spending over the previous year, a 3.7 percent rise.

    Of that increase, nearly $78 million is intended for pay raises, primarily for school teachers.

  • Pecos Wilderness expansion plan draws opposition

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A proposal to fold thousands of acres into the Pecos Wilderness area northwest of Santa Fe is drawing resistance from nearby residents.

    A group of people living in and around the village of Peñasco, which is near forest involved in the proposed expansion, have been strongly opposed to the idea, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • In Brief Jan. 13, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Proposal: Give lawmakers salary

    SANTA FE — The nation’s only unsalaried state legislature is considering whether it wants a steady paycheck.
    Legislation proposed in New Mexico ahead of the January legislative session would provide lawmakers with a salary of about $45,000.

  • White Sands, Sandia Labs won’t accept state IDs

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — White Sands Missile Range and Sandia Labs announced restrictions Monday on accepting New Mexico driver’s licenses as a form of identification from visitors, increasing pressure on state lawmakers who are trying to find consensus on how to meet federal standards.

  • Repeat DWI drivers nabbed

    Area police had their hands full over the New Year’s holiday, arresting several for driving under the influence, including three individuals who between them have racked up a combined 16 DWI arrests.

    State police arrested Arthur Lucero, 52, of the 2700 block of Seventh Street, on his seventh DWI on New Year’s Eve.

    A Las Vegas police officer arrested Lawrence Valerio Jr., 39, of the 600 block of El Creston, on his fifth DWI on New Year’s Day.

  • WLV cooks aid choking child

    Helen Roybal and Dorothy Aragon are being credited with saving the life of a Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary student late last year. Roybal and Aragon were going about their normal lunch duties of feeding roughly 150 students when a student started choking.

    “I had just finished serving so I went out to the lunch room to talk to the kids,” Aragon said when asked to recall the incident. “I looked up and saw some kids looking at him. That’s when I realized that he was choking so I ran to him.”

  • Gov revives right to work debate

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is reviving the right-to-work debate in New Mexico, saying she’ll include the issue on the agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

    She made the announcement Thursday during a panel discussion before a crowded room of business leaders, elected officials, higher education representatives and others who gathered for an Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce luncheon.