Local News

  • Schools get break on grad rules

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State education officials have agreed to let school districts develop their own high school graduation requirements, at least for the current school year.

    The decision follows complaints that New Mexico’s changes might prevent thousands of students from graduating.

    The Public Education Department announced the decision to allow districts to tweak state rules at a Legislative committee hearing Thursday.

  • Here’s to you - Brewing company gets new digs

    During the summer months, people could enjoy a cup of brew from Las Vegas’ own New Mexico Craft Brewing Company at the Train Robbers’ ball games. Now, the beer fountains filled with New Mexico Craft Brewing Company’s award-winning brews are pouring at The Old Town Drafthouse.

  • FEMA outlines help available

    Representatives from FEMA and the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management were in Las Vegas Friday meeting with local government officials and other public entities and non-profit organizations that suffered damage from the Sept. 13 floods.

    San Miguel and Mora Counties are among 15 New Mexico counties included in a federal disaster declaration signed by President Barack Obama on Oct. 29. The declaration frees up federal funding to help pay for flooding and storm damage that occurred Sept. 9-22.

  • Together again
  • Looking Back - Nov. 18, 2013

    In 1963
     Tuesday, Nov. 12 — The Goodwill Store will hold its grand opening Friday and Saturday, according to Mrs. Vincent Armijo, of the Help for the Needy Club, which is sponsoring the store. “We hope it will be a great success,” Mrs. Armijo said today. She added that there will be a barrel at the store for donations of canned goods for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to be distributed to the needy.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 18, 2013

    ‘Made in New Mexico’ documentary
    Free showing of the documentary “Made in New Mexico,” 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the new Highlands University Student Union Building theater. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Pam Resendiz at 505-243-6529

  • Weather - Nov. 18, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the morning. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Southwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-15 mph.  Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

  • Baseline water testing done for San Miguel County

    Submitted to the Optic

    San Miguel County recently became the second county in the US to perform proactive baseline water testing in defense against oil and natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

    Mora County was the first county to complete such testing in 2010.  These tests included sampling for 14 water wells, which included private wells and mutual domestic water consumers associations in the Las Vegas Basin, Mora County.

  • State moves ahead with teacher eval system

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans to move forward with implementation of its teacher evaluation system despite opposition from some teachers and Democratic lawmakers.

    Two state senators had asked Public Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera for more time to acclimate to the new rating system. But the administration signaled this week it will not budge, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Saturday.

  • Vegas mourns beloved coach

    By Mercy López and Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Those who knew Mary Bustos say there was just something about her that left a good feeling in the hearts of those she met.