Local News

  • Surviving tragedy - Fatality doesn’t deter HU grad

    Tina Sione has defied odds  stacked against her as a result of a tragic accident. On Saturday afternoon, the 42-year-old will walk across the stage of John A. Wilson Complex with a masters in social work degree — an accomplishment that marks a goal that she finally reached despite the tragic death of her husband in a car accident and its aftermath.

  • Zabel would focus on value of degrees

    Highlands presidential finalist Darcy Zabel didn’t initially plan a career in academia.

    The daughter of first generation college graduates, Zabel thought she might want to be a lawyer or go into some other profession that would allow her to live in a big city.

    She ended up majoring in English and graduating from Mount Holyoke College for Women in 1990 then landed a position as an editorial assistant at St. Martin’s Press in New York. She would later become an assistant acquisitions and development editor at Garland Publishing, also in New York.

  • States move to quash limits on drilling

    By Emily Schmall and Will Weissert
    The Associated Press

    MANSFIELD, Texas  — Lawmakers in Texas and energy producing states across the nation are rushing to stop local communities from imposing limits on oil and gas drilling despite growing public concern about the health and environmental toll of such activities in urban areas.

  • BTU’s Phil Romero acquires STIHL certification

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Jail Log - May 8, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 29 and May 6:

    Eduardo Gallegos, 27, 182-day commitment
    Michael Lovato, 44, positive UA (morphine)
    Gary Esquibel, 32, revoked conditions of release.
    William Drinkwater, 22, aggravated battery, aggravated DWI, criminal damage to property, battery on a health care worker
    Arthur Lucero, 51, disorderly conduct

  • Looking Back - May 8, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, May 10 — Forty-two trailer units of the Travel variety were parked at Camp Luna over the weekend. Since this assembly represented the New Mexico division of the Travel Trailer Club of America, all trailer occupants were from New Mexico, with the exception of three units from Lubbock, Texas. Representing the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce were “Salty” Sparks, Ed Brown, Harry Vorenberg, Mrs. Henry Mallette and Frank Norris.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 8, 2015

    Migratory Bird Day Count

    International Migratory Bird Day Count will take place on Saturday, May 9. Volunteers are needed for the count. For more information or to sign up, contact Chris Ruge at 425-2757 or chrisruge1971@gmail.com.

  • Weather - May 8, 2015

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 15-25 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

  • Rail line faces burdens

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — When launched in 2006, a New Mexico commuter rail line that would one day connect two of the state’s most well-known cities was hailed as a progressive step toward taking people out of cars and putting them on the train.

    But as impressive a feat as it was for a poor state’s huge foray into mass public transit, it comes at a price: The train earned $2.8 million last fiscal year in fares from more than a million riders, but cost $28.4 million to operate.

  • Albuquerque releases contract audit

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque Police Department personnel bypassed purchasing rules and compromised the integrity of the city’s procurement process when buying body cameras from Taser International in 2013, city auditors said.

    The audit’s findings released Tuesday follow and are similar to a scathing New Mexico state auditor’s review last week that uncovered a cozy relationship involving a former police chief and Taser.