Today's News

  • City asking residents to cut weeds

    By Eric Martin
    Las Vegas Optic

    The steady rains this summer have been a welcome change from the drought conditions we’ve all become accustomed to.

    But the rains have resulted in a drastic increase in noxious and nuisance weeds throughout Las Vegas, prompting city officials to issue a request that property owners clean up their properties.

  • Rio Arriba sheriff, son indicted

    By Russell Contreras and Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    A northern New Mexico sheriff was arrested Friday on charges he cornered a driver at a dead end, threatened him with a silver revolver as the driver begged not to be shot and had him falsely charged with assault.

  • Vegas man wins $100,000 lottery prize

    Submitted to the Optic

    Raymond Tafoya of Las Vegas revealed a $100,000 prize last Saturday playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Jumbo Bucks” Scratcher™.  

    On a winning streak, Tafoya bought the $10 ticket using Scratcher prizes he had won earlier in the day.  

    “This is cool,” Tafoya told New Mexico Lottery officials in Albuquerque today. “I’ve been dancing all weekend.”  

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 18, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Contributions to King OKd
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran now says Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King can keep nearly $11,000 in campaign contributions that Duran previously said exceeded campaign finance limits.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Duran’s reversal Thursday apparently makes moot a legal action filed by King that the state Supreme Court planned to hear Aug. 28.

  • APS superintendent resigns amid probe

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The embattled superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district said Friday he has resigned.

    The move came after members of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board said they met earlier this week to discuss an investigation of a personnel issue involving Superintendent Winston Brooks. They declined to elaborate on the issue.

    In a joint statement Friday, Brooks and the board said both sides agreed the resignation was the best option for both parties.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 18, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, August 21 — Various problems of conversion to natural gas and the magnitude of the undertaking were discussed at a special meeting of the City Council last night. The rate schedule for the natural gas utility was approved with a $1.75 monthly minimum charge. The first 1,000 cubic feet of gas will be $1.75 per MCF, the next 4.00 cubic feet 75 cents per MCF, and next 5,000 cubic feet 70 cents per MCF.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 18, 2014

    ‘Make a Wish, Honey Bear’
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Make a Wish, Honey Bear!” by Marcus Pfister. Free and open to the public

  • Weather - Aug. 18, 2014

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.


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  • Agreement gives clearer pathway for degrees

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University and Luna Community College students have a clearer pathway to graduation in the sciences, thanks to a new agreement between the institutions.

    On Aug. 11, Highlands and Luna signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at increasing the number of students in Northern New Mexico who complete bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.