Today's News

  • Looking Back - Sept. 29, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, Sept. 25 — Conversion of Las Vegas homes from LP gas to natural gas will begin Monday morning in the northwest part of the city, according to Chet Morlan, City gas engineer. Morlan said that the initial conversions would take place on Highlands and Sperry Drive and on Eighth Street north of Sperry. At the time of the conversions, City crews will go from house to house notifying the residents that conversion procedures will be under way.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 29, 2014

    Water Consumers’ meeting
    El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers’ Association board of directors regular meeting will take place at 7 on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 49 Mirasol Road in Ojitos Frios Subdivision. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Lupita Gonzales at lupitagonzales2002@yahoo.com

  • Weather - Sept. 29, 2014

    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy with a high near 69. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent

    Sunny, with a high near 73. West wind around 10 mph. Tuesday night mostly clear with a low around 44.

    Sunny, with a high near 73. Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43

    Sunny, with a high near 68. Night: a low around 41

  • Building dedicated for HU benefactors

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Viles & Crimmin Residence Hall at Highlands University was dedicated Sept. 19 in honor of benefactors who helped make the dream of a college education possible by funding nearly a thousand student scholarships over the years.

    In its 56-year history, the Viles Foundation that Matie Viles established has awarded nearly 500 scholarships to Highlands University students, for a total of about $1.25 million.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 29, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Enterovirus confirmed
    SANTA FE — Federal health officials say a case of a severe respiratory illness has been confirmed in a New Mexico child.
    New Mexico Department of Health officials announced Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a positive test for enterovirus D68 from samples the state agency submitted.
    The virus can cause mild to severe illness, with the worst cases needing life support for breathing difficulties.

  • Poll shows support for expunging arrest records

    The Associated Press

    The criminal arrest of an adult in New Mexico is a matter of permanent public record regardless of whether it results in a conviction, but a new poll indicates many likely voters in the state would approve of changing that.

    Just under half of those surveyed by the Albuquerque Journal, 49 percent, said they would support a state law that gets rid of public access to records of most arrests that don’t lead to convictions. That’s compared to 38 percent who said they would oppose such change.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 29, 2014

    • Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge open for dove hunting this month until Sept. 30. Approximately 740 acres of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge will be open to mourning dove hunting through Sept. 30. Dove hunting on the refuge is by permit only. Permits can be obtained at the refuge visitor center, during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

  • Wedding bells
  • Dr. Robert Bell fine art lecture series scheduled

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University will present the Dr. Robert Bell Fine Art Print Lecture Series for fall semester, with four talks remaining in the ongoing series.

    All lectures except the Hogarth engravings lecture will be in the George and Sheryl Talbot Print Study Room in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. The public is welcome.

    All lectures begin at 4 p.m.:

  • Expungement a bad idea

    In a perfect world, anyone who commits a crime and is arrested would be convicted and end up behind bars if the crime is serious enough.

    It goes without saying that we don’t live in a perfect world.

    Our country’s founding fathers set up a criminal justice system in which prosecutors must prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order for that individual to be convicted of a crime. And that’s exactly as it should be. As the saying goes, it’s better that 10 guilty men go free than that one innocent man be convicted.