Today's News

  • Reward offered in poaching case

    Las Vegas Optic

    The New Mexico Department of Game & Fish is offering a $1,500 reward for information that leads to criminal charges against the individual or individuals who shot two large bull elk at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge last month.
    The dead bull elk were discovered at the refuge on Nov. 20. Conservation officers determined that both elk had been shot and left to die in the middle of the prairie.

    The killings have outraged refuge officials.

  • Audit: Mora schools broke state law

    By Martin Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    An independent audit report made public by the Office of the State Auditor on Tuesday contends that the embattled Mora Independent School District violated state law by hiring the sons-in-law of two school board members.

    The audit, conducted by De’Aun Willoughby CPA, PC, a Clovis accounting firm, covers the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

  • Crime spree lands Vegas man in jail

    An 18-year-old Las Vegas man spent the Thanksgiving weekend behind bars and was still there on Tuesday morning after police say he and two juveniles broke into Rodriguez Park on last Wednesday night, vandalized and burglarized four buildings on the property and then drove off in two city trucks.

    Vidal Diego Padilla, who resides in an apartment on the 600 block of Sapello Street, was arrested by city police and is facing several felony and misdemeanor charges.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: Down by the Gallinas River Park

    When Jacobo was a lad, he played along the Gallinas River. He and his friends caught butterflies and snakes and sold them to the Highlands Science Lab. Two cents for a butterfly and five cents for a snake. Back then, cows wandered along the river’s edge, and the boys would try to ride the cows. Of course, they fell off. Of course, they got hurt. As Jacobo related these adventures, his face lit up. It was all part of being a kid and having fun down by the riverside.

  • Weather - Dec. 2, 2015


    HIGH 48° / LOW 19°
    Sunny, with a high near 48. North wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:53 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


    HIGH 55° / LOW 22°
    Sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:53 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


  • Correction

    A story in Friday’s Optic on Highlands University’s new MFA degree had
    incorrect information. The new MFA in media arts and cultural technology is not the first terminal degree the university has offered. According to Maurilio Vigil, a Highlands political science and history professor emeritus and author, three Ph.D.s were conferred in 1965. The students were Albert Arthur Amador, III, Ph.D. in chemistry, Theodore Arnold Mueller, Ph.D. in chemistry, and Earl D. Stedman, Ph.D. in natural sciences. These Ph.D. programs were discontinued.

  • Lawmakers discuss campaign finance reform

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The amount of money being spent on New Mexico politics by nonprofits and other independent groups is growing, but top elections officials told lawmakers Monday their hands are tied when it comes to ensuring transparency given that the state’s campaign finance reporting laws are outdated.

    Officials with the secretary of state’s office indicated they would support proposed legislation outlined by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, during an interim legislative meeting in Santa Fe.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 2, 2015

    In 1965
    Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1965 — Putting gravel on the ice skating parking lot last Tuesday and Wednesday started a city, town and county-wide effort to prepare the Gallinas ice skating pond for winter recreation in the Las Vegas area. In a joint move, the city and town contributed the services of trucks, a scraper and a loader to spread gravel on the skating pond parking lot. The town has also offered to clear the ice of snow every time it snows in the coming season. President of the Ice-Skating Association is Emily Gavahan.

  • Original music featured in upcoming concert

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents an Original Music Concert at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Student Union Theatre, 800 National Ave.

    The concert features original works written and produced by Highlands University music students, many of whom are in the Music Technology Program. The musical styles include pop, indie rock, metal, hip hop, gospel and country.

    General admission ticket prices for the Original Music Concert are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.

  • What was he thinking?

    Parental involvement is crucial to the success of any school. Most teachers and administrators go out of their way to foster that parental involvement, hosting parent nights and other activities in an effort to build a sense of community at their schools.

    It’s a no-brainer. Engaged parents make sure that their kids are doing their homework. They step in when their child’s class needs something. And — by their very involvement — they are sending the message to their children that they value education.