Local News

  • Lottery will cover average tuition costs

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — There’s enough money in New Mexico’s lottery-financed scholarship program to cover average tuition costs in the fall semester for eligible college students, the state Higher Education Department announced Thursday.

    In a letter to universities and colleges, the department outlined what’s happening to scholarships based on changes enacted by the Legislature earlier this year to shore up the popular assistance program’s finances.

  • Looking Back - June 2, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, June 1 — The keys to a new building, the Mora Valley Medical Unit, were handed over by Steve Franken, a Las Vegas contractor, to Robert Barrie of New York, of the Board of National Mission of the United Presbyterian Church. Dedication ceremonies for the recently completed $120,000 addition were held at the Mora Valley Medical Unit. Also attending the ceremony were the Rev. Robert G. Plagge of Las Vegas, the Rev. Epifanio Romero of Chimayo; and the Rev. Robert Boshen of Santa Fe.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 2, 2014

    Prairie walk and Interpretive talk
    This event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, on Highway 281, east of Las Vegas. Those interested are asked to meet at the Gallinas Trail Parking Lot. A talk on “Drought and Ecology of Southwestern Shortgrass Prairies, by Mollie Walton, will follow.

  • Weather - June 2, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 87. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 57. South wind 10-15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 91. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 54.

    Sunny, with a high near 87. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 51.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:46 a.m. to 8:12 p.m.

  • Challenger makes age an issue in primary race

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    In bidding for a political comeback in northern New Mexico, former Democratic legislator Bengie Regensberg is delivering a blunt campaign message in the primary election.

    Regensberg has told voters in personal appearances and advertising that Democratic state Rep. Nick Salazar of Ohkay Owingeh is too old for another term in the Legislature.

  • East letting workers go

    Las Vegas City Schools interim Superintendent Lydia Flores said roughly 12 people have been given notice of non-renewal of their contract with the school district for next year.

    Flores said the notices were sent as a result of less funding from the state. The notices appear to be phase 1 of the reduction in employees at the east side school district.

    “We do not have the funds to carry the staff for next year,” Flores said in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon. “We are not considering it a reduction in force (RIF).”

  • Senior profile - Don and Mary Schutz

    Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    WAGON MOUND — Singly, and as a couple, Don and Mary Schutz have contributed time and talents to direct and enhance life in various quarters. Both are descendants of ranch families, and they are continuing the legacy.

    Mary was born in Albuquerque, in 1944 to Richard and Cecilia Sims, who ranched at Logan, N.M., until 1958, when they moved to the site northwest  of Wagon Mound where the Schutzes now live, called the S&S Ranch.

  • Steve shoots and Mike Schutz

    By Art Trujillo
    Las Vegas Optic

    “Mike Shoots,” “Steve Shoots” reads like a custom-made sports newspaper headline for two young men whose basketball talents are well known.

    It is true that each Wagon Mound product shoots, but they have also passed off, defended and rebounded. And they have the correct surname, Schutz, pronounced Shoots.    

  • Officers nab robbery suspect

    A 32-year-old Memphis, Tenn., man is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond after he allegedly stole a vehicle, robbed a local man at a gas station and then led police on a chase that ended in Santa Fe.

    The crime spree began Tuesday evening when a local woman reported that her 2009 black Kia was stolen from the parking lot north of Highlands University’s Wilson Complex. Then at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Las Vegas police were dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred at Franken Tire Center on Mountain View Drive.

  • Highlands partners with Russian school

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University signed an agreement with a Russian university for a dual master’s degree in the rapidly growing chemistry field of photonics.

    The memorandum of agreement is with the National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is aimed at developing educational research cooperation between the two universities and opportunities for students.