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Today's News

  • Man set to face trial on deadly weapon charge

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man has a pre-trial hearing and a trial scheduled as he faces a number of charges from a July 21 incident.

    James Barber, 62, was arrested at an apartment complex along Mountain View Drive after he pulled out a weapon at the home of a woman and challenged and spat upon police.

  • City to host Old West outlaw-themed Halloween event

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection is inaugurating a new holiday tradition. The City Museum will have a Halloween Trick-Or-Treat event at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, incorporating a mixture of history and candy.

  • NMHU professor gets national writing honor

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University Department of English professor is the winner of the prestigious 2017 Akron Poetry Prize.

    Tyler Mills’ poetry book, “Hawk Parable,” was selected from among 606 national entries for the award. The University of Akron Press will publish Mills’ book.

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

    Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14

    The AAUW Fall Used Book Sale will take place at the Sala de Madrid, on the Highlands University campus, at the corner of Eighth and University, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Many types of books,as well as CDs and DVDs, will be available. All children’s books are free. Funds raised support educational activities and NMHU women’s scholarships.

    Friday, Oct. 13

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

    The Associated Press

    School board member quits

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque school board member has resigned following an investigation into her role at a charter school under scrutiny in an embezzlement case.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that Analee Maestas resigned from her position effective immediately. Balderas says Analee Maestas was no longer qualified because of concerns regarding misuse of public funds at La Promesa Early Learning Center.

  • Comments sought on bike network

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico transportation officials want to establish a statewide bicycle network and they’re asking for the public’s help.

    The Transportation Department announced Wednesday that it has set up a website where cyclists and others can share information as part of the planning process for prioritizing routes that are safe and offer the most connectivity.

    The site for the project is www.bhinc.com/nm-bike-plan/

  • Changes for KNME in western San Miguel County

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Public television station KNME / New Mexico PBS’s Digital translator signals Tecolote Channel 49 will be changing to Channel 18 on October 10. This Translator Channel change will impact the Tecolote, Romeroville, and surrounding communities.

    New Mexico PBS will continue to be seen on Ch. 5, but you must rescan your converter box if you receive your TV signal over-the-air, via an antenna. Cable, DISH and DirecTV customers will be unaffected.

  • Conchas-area road to close

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A section of Lodge Road, near Conchas Lake, will be closed for road construction beginning this week. Road construction location will be from intersection of Hwy 433 and Lodge Road to South Recreation Boat Ramp, a distance of 1.5 miles.

    All roads leading to the construction area will be barricaded and signage will be posted for any traffic detours. There will be no access to the South Recreation Boat Ramp during construction for approximately 90 days.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news — Oct. 13, 2017

    VOTE FOR YOUR CITY

    MainStreet de Las Vegas is trying to win up to $150,000 in a national grant contest to help convert the E. Romero firehouse into a Bridge Street museum. The top 10 vote getters will receive funds and Las Vegas could receive $150,000 for a to honor our volunteer firemen, the Acequia Madre and the many vehicles used to keep Las Vegas safe through the years.

    Friday (Oct. 6), an open house showcased the 1937 Seagrave fire truck, 1888 La France hose cart and 1883 brass bell that will be centerpieces of the museum.

  • As state riddled with problems, focus is on the nation

    I don’t think I’m alone in being more concerned about our nation than our state these days.

    Sure, New Mexico is riddled with problems. Our unemployment rate is the one of highest in the nation. Our poverty rate is one of the worst. And our schools — the greatest hope we have for a better future — are either underperforming or falling apart (see Anton Chico, where a new school building is cracking up, literally).