Today's News

  • Breaking: Highlands regents select Sam Minner as president

    New Mexico Highlands University regents selected Sam Minner as the school's next president during a special meeting on Monday morning. The vote was unanimous.

    Minner was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Radford University in Radford, Va.He takes over as Highlands president on Wednesday.

    Minner was one of six finalists regents considered.

    For more on this story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic.

  • Details emerge in shooting

    Las Vegas police have secured an arrest warrant for a 29-year-old Las Vegas man wanted in connection with a shooting that left another man wounded last Tuesday.

    Thomas A Gutierrez, of the 400 block of Tecolote Street, has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, and possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, a fourth-degree felony.

    It was unclear Sunday whether Gutierrez had been apprehended yet.

  • Day Camp
  • Boy Scout dies in flash flood

    The Associated Press

    CIMARRON — New Mexico State Police say a Boy Scout on a camping trip with his troop has died after he and three other teens were swept away in a flash flood.

    Sgt. Chad Pierce says eight Boy Scouts, three adult crew leaders and a scout ranger were on a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch on Saturday when the flooding hit.

    Pierce says at about 4:30 a.m., floodwaters came through the canyon where they were camping and swept away four boys, all between ages 14 and 17.

    Ranch employees rescued three.

  • City Fireworks display planned for Fourth

    It’s been years since the city of Las Vegas has hosted a Fourth of July fireworks display for the community, but that will hopefully change on Saturday.

    Las Vegas Fire Chief Phillip Mares told the City Council last week that the city’s planned July 4 fireworks display at the Highlands University golf course is a go, although he warned that it could be postponed if weather becomes a factor.

    The fireworks are slated to begin at dusk on Saturday, which Mares said would likely be around 9 p.m.

  • Landmark Ruling - Same-sex marriage legal across U.S.

    The Associated Press

    Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide on Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement.

    “No longer may this liberty be denied,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    The vote was narrow — 5-4 — but Kennedy’s majority opinion was clear and firm: “The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry.”

  • Looking Back - June 29, 2015

    In 1912
    Wednesday, June 30 — At the beginning of April there were 989 patients in the State Hospital here. During April there were 183 admissions and 199 leaving the hospital, making a total of 948 patients in the hospital at the end of the month. There were 845 patients living out of the hospital in April.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 29, 2015

    Swim lessons
    The New Mexico Highlands University pool staff will offer swim lessons for children ages four and older starting Monday, June 29. The lessons will run Monday through Thursday at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at a cost of $30 for eight lessons. Registration will take place until Monday, June 29 before each session. Call 454-3073.

  • Weather - June 29, 2015

    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.


  • Judge won’t block tax hike

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A tax hike in the cities of Santa Fe and Espanola appears more likely to take effect this week.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a judge late last week denied both cities’ request for a temporary restraining order halting the tax increase.

    However, First District Judge Sarah Singleton allowed a lawsuit initiated by the cities against Santa Fe County to move forward.