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Today's News

  • Martinez: UVA program to help schools

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Struggling schools that received a D or F grade under the state’s new grading system will have a chance to participate in a University of Virginia-based program known for dramatically improving math and reading scores, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday.

  • Music from Angel Fire visiting area schools

    Submitted to the Optic

  • BREAKING: Twenty-five charged in large drug bust

  • BREAKING: Major drug bust executed in San Miguel County

    Federal law enforcement authorities swooped in on helicopters and black SUVs at daybreak today and with the help of local police began rounding up suspects in one of the largest drug raids to be executed in San Miguel County in more than a decade.

    Those arrested on federal warrants were first taken to the National Guard Armory. They were then transported to the Las Vegas Airport and flown to Albuquerque where they will likely face a federal judge.

  • Coed fends off attacker

    A New Mexico Highlands University student didn’t hesitate to act when a man attacked her on the Gallinas Riverwalk near New Mexico Highlands University on Thursday evening.

    The woman managed to fend off her attacker by punching him in the face, spraying him with pepper spray and then running to her car, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    But the attacker has yet to be caught, and Montaño is urging the public to be careful and to take precautions.

  • Keeping you honest
  • Councilman: Didn’t seek alley work

    In recent weeks city of Las Vegas workers have placed asphalt millings in the alley behind the 1100, 1200 and 1300 blocks of Commerce Street.

    The material has given it a pavement-like feel, arguably making it one of the nicest alleys in Las Vegas.

    City officials say the fact that that alley is behind the home of Councilman Joey Herrera and his neighbors had nothing to do with the decision to  fix it.

  • Change lies ahead for East students

    Las Vegas City Schools students and staff will return to a new school year with several changes.

    The biggest change, of course, will be the four-day school week. Another big change is the attire students can wear to school.

    Then there are the changes in administration that have taken place over the summer, although those changes are minor compared to last summer’s complete reorganization.

    Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said  the changes will benefit students, who return to class on Monday, Aug. 20.

  • Governor to speak at GOP convention

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention, a political honor that gives the first-term governor a national stage while putting to rest months-long rumors that she was on Mitt Romney’s short list of potential running mates.

  • Looking Back - August 8, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday Aug. 8 — The “genero chico” period of Spanish drama will be represented on the Highlands University campus when “Calderon,” by Carlos Arniches and Celso Lucio will take to the Little Theater stage. Calderon will be portrayed by Eli Herrera. The play will be directed by Romeo Hinajosa. There will be no admission charge.