Local News

  • Cue the Horror - Fun, food, prizes on tap for Halloween

    There will be plenty of excitement for horror seekers this Halloween.

    On Tuesday evening, several local organizations launched their Halloween Carnival and Haunted House at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

  • Rivera running for magistrate post

    San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Y. Rivera has decided to run for the Division 2 magistrate position in San Miguel County after learning that the judge currently holding that post doesn’t plan to run for re-election.

    Rivera, a Democrat, announced Monday that she will be seeking the post. Filing day for county offices is March 11, with the primary election taking place in June and the general election in November.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 30, 2013

    In 1963
    Thursday, Oct. 31 — A giant pumpkin, weighing 46 pounds, was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Brigido Archibeque of Upper Town. When the pumpkin was very small, a niece, Mary Ann Maes, who resides in Albuquerque, marked the pumpkin and said that she wanted it when it was grown. So the Archibeques are sending the pumpkin to their niece in the Duke City.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 30, 2013

    Flu shot clinic set for Thursday
    The state Department of Health’s San Miguel Public Health Office is hosting a flu shot clinic from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. this Thursday at 18 Gallegos Road in Las Vegas. The immunization clinic is free and open to the public. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season.

  • Weather - Oct. 30, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. West wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 15-20 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunny, with a high near 57. Clear at night, with a low around 27.

    Sunny, with a high near 61.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:21 a.m. to 6:07 p.m.

  • Teacher unions fighting back

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s two teacher unions want the state Public Education Department to slow its implementation of a new evaluation system for teachers and schools.

    The National Education Association is considering legal action, while the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico is threatening to withdraw support for renewal of a waiver that allows the state more flexibility under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

  • Dia de Los Muertos
  • Highlands looking for 2 vice presidents

    With the impending departure of two members of his executive team, New Mexico Highlands University President Jim Fries informed regents earlier this month that he hopes to have two new vice presidents on board by January.

    Highlands Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gilbert Rivera has been trying to retire from Highlands for some time. Sharon Caballero, the university’s executive director for advancement and head of the NMHU Foundation announced earlier this year that she would be retiring in December.

  • Refuge to host Fall Flight Festival

    Submitted to the Optic

    It is fall again, ponds filled with water from heavy September rains and the calls of Sandhill Cranes are heralding the annual migration of wintering birds. Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located on state highway 281, just east of Las Vegas, New Mexico, will be open each Sunday in November from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a 4-1/2 mile self-guided auto drive.
    Interpretive talks and kids crafts are also scheduled.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 28, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Oct. 28 — East and West Las Vegas voters as well as those in Wagon Mound go to the polls tomorrow to determine the fate of natural gas in the three communities. On the eve of the election today, an independent consulting engineer hired by the City to review the feasibility reports on the natural gas system as proposed returned a favorable report.