Local News

  • Milestone for forestry program

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Natural Resources Management’s Forestry Program received official accreditation from the Society of American Foresters, making it the first university in the state to offer an accredited forestry degree.

    Highlands is also now the only Hispanic Serving Institution in the country to be SAF accredited. The Council on Higher Education recognizes SAF as the accrediting body for forestry programs.

  • New sheriff in town - Espinoza pledges to bring stability

    MORA – Amos Espinoza has his work cut out for him as the new Mora County Sheriff.

    On Friday, Mora County Magistrate John Sanchez administered the oath of office to Espinoza. Espinoza will fill out the remaining term of Thomas Garza, who resigned from the elected position in December as part of a plea agreement stemming from charges he was facing including tampering with public records and criminal solicitation, both fourth-degree felonies.

  • Economy, education major issues

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A plateful of problems, including a weak economy and struggling schools, await New Mexico’s lawmakers when they return to work for an election-year legislative session.

    The Legislature’s 30-day session convenes Tuesday against a potentially divisive political backdrop.

  • County to review attorney proposals

    Jesus Lopez has been the attorney for San Miguel County for about 20 years, but two other firms are now pushing for that contract.  

    During last week’s San Miguel County Commission meeting, commissioners chose to move ahead with reviewing the three proposals submitted in response to a request for proposals the county put out.

    Lopez’s contract with the county expired at the end of 2013. The commission directed County Manager Les Montoya to offer Lopez an extension until a decision is made on which firm to hire.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 20, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, Jan. 22 — Nine Highlands University seniors have been selected for membership in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Ray Farmer, dean of students, has announced. They are Orlando Baca, Roger Callaway, Donna Lorene Dixon, Patricia Marie Gallegos, Donna Sue Keserich, William Lomas, Concha Madrid, Amado Manuel Padilla and Richard Rindone. Miss Gallegos, Miss Keserich and Mr. Callaway are from Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 20, 2014

    R.H.S Blood drive
    Robertson High School will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan 23, in Mike Marr Gym. To make an appointment or for more information, call Bryanna Duran at 426-6007 or Donna Ortiz at 429-4698.

  • Weather - Jan. 20, 2014

     Sunny, with a high near 54. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20. East wind 5-10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

    Sunny, with a high near 57. South wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 16.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:08 a.m. to 5:16 p.m.

  • Dept. seeks applicants for wildlife officers

    Submitted to the Optic
    The Department of Game and Fish is looking for qualified men and women to join the next generation of conservation officers who protect and conserve the state’s wildlife.

    Recruitment is open now and will end Feb. 7 for this position. The Department has multiple positions statewide.

  • Appointments being taken for child seat fitting event

    Submitted to the Optic

    The NMDOT, Safer New Mexico Now and the City of Las Vegas will hold a child safety seat fitting station on Jan. 29. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Las Vegas Fire Station #1, 604 Legion Drive.

  • Board may ask Campos to stay

    A Luna Community College trustee who has been one of President Pete Campos’ fiercest critics inquired at a meeting Monday whether the board could have the option of continuing with Campos at the school’s helm a while longer.

    “Can we have the option to bring the president back,” Trustee Ernie Chavez asked at the board of trustees work session.