Today's News

  • Conservation club busy with community projects

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    One of New Mexico Highlands’ newest and fastest-growing student clubs is making a positive impact on the university’s campus and the surrounding community.

    The new Conservation Club, formed this fall, is turning environmental concerns into action on projects, working with groups like the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance.

  • Exhibit features centuries of N.M. maps

    By Kathaleen Roberts
    Albuquerque Journal

    SANTA FE — From the earliest Spanish explorers to Texas tourists, New Mexico was made for maps.

    Visitors to “Between the Lines: Culture and Cartography on the Road to Statehood” can trace the state’s route from territory to vacation destination at the Governor’s Gallery beginning this week.

  • Higher ‘sin tax’ on booze pushed

    When the state Legislature convenes later this month, Ray Collins will be there pushing legislation he hopes will curb the state’s drunk driving epidemic.

    Among the legislation he is pushing this year is a significant increase in the so-called sin tax on alcohol purchases. Both the city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County have voiced their support for the proposed legislation.

  • Public worker retirements spike in N.M.

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The number of retiring New Mexico public-sector employees has spiked in the past two years but officials can’t pinpoint a reason for the increased.

    State officials and union leaders say an aging workforce and budget cuts that have caused workers’ take-home pay to be trimmed, as well as more stringent return-to-work laws could be among the factors at work, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Polar Bear Plungers keep their cool

    Dozens of area residents got their new year off to a joltingly refreshing start Sunday by wading into the chilly waters of Storrie Lake for the annual Polar Bear Plunge.

    In a sign of the times, the event was relocated from its usual spot along the boat dock to an area several hundred yards down the shoreline. Philip Romero, a longtime organizer of the Plunge, said the diminished water levels at the lake and specifically around the dock made the move necessary.

  • Quintana hearing slated for next week

    A decision on whether to toss the case against the former Robertson High School teacher accused of carrying on a yearslong sexual relationship with a student could be made within a week.

    Judge George Eichwald, who is presiding over the case, has scheduled a motion hearing for Jan. 10.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 4, 2012

    In 1935

    Wednesday, Jan. 2 — Triplet sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Harlington Z. Ballard, Monday morning, December 31 are the first ever officially recorded in San Miguel County and according to local physicians may be the first on birth records in New Mexico since mortality statistics were first taken in 1918. Dr. William H. Howe, physician attending the mother who is at the home of Mrs. Ballard’s sister, Mrs. Emory G. Brim at the Lucas ranch on Hot Springs boulevard, reported this morning that Mrs. Ballard and the three sturdy sons are doing splendidly.

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 4, 2012

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Hello, Snow!” by Hope Vestergaard. The theme for the month is “It’s Snow Time!” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Jan. 4, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Northwest wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

  • Local museum to host several Centennial events

    Submitted to the Optic

    To commemorate the Centennial of New Mexico statehood in 2012 the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection will be offering programs each month.  Under the general series Centennial Adventures there will be family programs called Crafting the Centennial and scholarly discussions called Museum Cafes.