Today's News

  • Snow, frigid temps move into region

    Two winter storm systems moved through the region over the weekend, giving way to clearer skies but colder temperatures by Sunday.

    And, according to the National Weather Service, there’s more to come.

    Another stronger winter weather system was expected to hit New Mexico, including the Las Vegas area, by Sunday night, and continue through Monday.

    Snow and single-digit temperatures were in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday.

  • PNM wants to halt plant emissions upgrade

    FARMINGTON (AP) — Public Service Co. of New Mexico wants a federal appeals court to set aside a decision requiring it to upgrade pollution controls at its coal-fired plant outside Farmington.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 5, 2011

    In 1911

    Monday, Dec. 4 — This afternoon at 2 o’clock, the canvassing board of the November election began the actual count and tabulation. All of last week and this forenoon, in the council chamber at the Capitol, were devoted to checking up missing returns. The missing ballot boxes from Quay county arrived last night but the keys to them were not enclosed. The last of the missing returns, those from several precincts in Taos and Rio Arriba Counties, are expected on Tonight’s train. 

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 5, 2011

    SynergyFest planning meeting is Wednesday

    The first planning meeting for the ninth Annual SynergyFest will be at 5:15 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the New Mexico Highlands University Donnelly Library room 325. For more information, call Cheryl Zebrowski at 718-6932.

  • Weather - Dec. 5, 2011

    Snow; could be heavy at times. High near 17. East wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 3-7 inches possible. A 50 percent chance of snow showers at night, with a low around 2. Wind chill values as low as -5. East wind 5-10 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 20. East wind around 5 mph becoming south. Mostly clear Tuesday night, with a low around 3.


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  • HU’s Sigma Xi chapter wins award for research program

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands’ Sigma Xi chapter earned a program award for its Student Research Fund, making it one of only seven chapters worldwide to receive this honor in 2011.

    Sigma Xi is an honorary scientific research society with 522 chapters in more than 100 countries.

    The Highlands chapter has a long track record of being named for program awards and other honors, such as the 2007 – 2008 Certificate of Excellence awarded for exceptional chapter activity.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 5, 2011


    • First planning meeting for the 9th annual SynergyFest, 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the NMHU Donnelly Library, Room 325. For more information, call Cheryl Zebrowski at 718-6932.

  • Noticias - Dec. 5, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.

    • Las Vegas Cub Scouts Pack 60 has begun its annual popcorn sales. Cub Scouts is a nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds as a fundraiser. Cub Scouting promotes a boy’s character, citizenship and fitness in a positive and educational manner. To purchase popcorn or for more information, call Ida Sue at 617-0849.

  • Highlands’ mixed bag

    The latest Performance Effectiveness Report — a report card of sorts for the state’s universities — is a mixed bag of good news and bad news for Highlands University. It points to some things that the school is doing right, and to places where improvements need to occur.