Today's News

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 13, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Panel considering scholarship fix

    SANTA FE — A legislative panel is considering possible changes to a lottery-financed college scholarship program so that awards aren’t tied to tuition.
    Legislative Finance Committee Chairman Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela outlined the proposal Tuesday during a hearing on the scholarship program, which faces a shortfall because lottery revenue isn’t keeping pace with rising scholarship costs.

  • McCluskey escapes death penalty

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A federal jury deliberating the sentence for Arizona inmate John McCluskey failed to reach a unanimous verdict on Wednesday, meaning the judge will sentence him to life in prison for murdering a retired Oklahoma couple.

    It will close the final chapter on a brazen Arizona prison break and multistate Bonnie-and-Clyde-style crime spree.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 13, 2013

    In 1963

    Thursday, Dec. 12 — Two juveniles were turned over to authorities recently by City Police who picked them up for stealing from parked cars on Tilden and at Hewett Hall. Most of the clothing, razor, shaving kit and radio, was recovered. The two youths signed confessions to the crime. When asked why they did it, one said, “For kicks.” The other said, “For the fun of it.”

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 13, 2013

    Survivors’ candlelight vigil today

    Survivors of Victims of Homicide Candlelight Vigil: Participants meet at 4:30 p.m. at Las Vegas Peace and Justice Building at 719 Sixth St., with the walk starting at 5 p.m. to the Plaza Park on Friday (today). For more information, call Helen at 429-1608.

  • Weather - Dec. 13, 2013

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 16. North wind around 10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

    Sunny, with a high near 51. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:02 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.

  • Red Cross issues safety tips to prevent holiday home fires

    Submitted to the Optic
    The American Red Cross urges residents to take extra precautions with cooking and decorating around the holidays.
    “Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and as people are cooking, entertaining, and stringing lights this holiday season, we’re urging that they take safety measures to ensure that their homes and loved ones are safe from the threat of fire,” said Rahim Balsara, Regional CEO of The American Red Cross in New Mexico.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 13, 2013

    • Survivors of Victims of Homicide Candlelight Vigil, participants meet at 4:30 p.m. at Las Vegas Peace and Justice Building at 719 Sixth Street, with walk starting at 5 p.m. to Plaza Park on Friday, Dec. 13. For more information, call Helen at 429-1608.

    • Amahl and the Night Visitors, an opera for the whole family, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University. Tickets are $5.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 13, 2013

    Southwest Capital Bank is donating $3,500 to the Mora schools for its mariachi program. The money will go a long way toward the $5,000 needed to complete the group’s uniforms. We’re glad to see a local business stepping up and helping its neighbors.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 13, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Melody falls, Donnelly reign nears end

    It was a Sunday evening on Nov. 21 1965, when Highlands President Tom Donnelly and the university’s regents gathered for dinner and ceremonies at the newly completed dormitory on the west campus. They were joined by dignitaries from throughout New Mexico, including State Sen. Gene Lusk, who would be the Democratic nominee for governor in just a few months, and State Sen. Harold Runnels, who would become a longtime New Mexico congressman.