Local News

  • Egan wins Fulbright scholarship

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Andrew Egan, director of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute at Highlands University, has been awarded his second Fulbright scholarship to conduct research and teaching in Nepal and will also soon be leaving the institute to become the dean of science faculty at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada.

  • State to impose fire restrictions

    The Associated Press

    Fire danger is high across New Mexico, and state officials announced Friday that they will impose fire restrictions for all 33 counties starting this week.

    The restrictions will take effect Wednesday at 8 a.m. They will prohibit the use of fireworks, campfires and other open fires. Smoking will only be allowed in buildings, on paved surfaces or in vehicles with ashtrays.

    Officials said the restrictions will apply on all non-municipal, non-federal and non-tribal lands in New Mexico and will remain in effect until rescinded.

  • Luna wins Piñon award

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Las Vegas Optic

    Luna Community College was one of five entities and the only institution of higher learning to receive a Piñon Performance Excellent Award at the 2013 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit and New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards Ceremony late last month in Albuquerque.

    Quality New Mexico is a non-profit organization that engages in activities that seek to educate New Mexicans about quality and encourage and reward quality in business, education and other sectors.

  • Looking Back - May 6, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, May 8 — The Veterans of Foreign Wars will put luminous tape on all bicycles free Saturday if their owners will bring the bikes to the City Hall or Plaza Park at 1:30 p.m. The luminous tape is considered an important safety factor, and the VFW members feel that, perhaps, if all bike owners will take advantage of this project, chance of accident will be cut down since motorists will be able to see the bike at night.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 6, 2013

    Search and Rescue meeting set for Wednesday
    A Search and Rescue Meeting is planned for 6 p.m. this Wednesday at the new state police headquarters across from KFUN hill. New members are welcome.

  • Weather - May 6, 2013

    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. South wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42.

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.

  • Victim: Dog told to attack

    By Karl Moffatt and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas woman says an acquaintance flagged her down onto a property on the 1400 block of 10th Street on Saturday evening and that the woman then sicked her pit bull on her.

    Rene Maestas said she was unable to run away from the dog and that as it was biting her, the woman who flagged her down began pummeling her.

  • Mora Republican decries ordinance

    Mora County’s Republican Chairman is decrying the ordinance banning oil and gas extraction in that county.

    The law, dubbed the Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance, passed by a 2-1 vote of the Mora County Commission on Monday. The Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund said in a news release that Mora is the first county in the country to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.

    Frank F. Trambley, the chairman of the Mora County Republican Party issued a blistering statement criticizing the move.

  • Highlands retools grad requirements

    New Mexico Highlands University regents signed off last week on a plan to reduce the number of upper division credit hours required to graduate from the current 51 to 45, and regents also approved a measure that will allow the university to waive the two-credit- hour physical education requirement for student athletes.

  • Ex-altar boy says priest raped him

    A former altar boy at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish has come forward, alleging that a priest molested and raped him for several years beginning in 1985.

    The San Miguel County man is among three new plaintiffs alleging sexual abuse at the hands of the now-deceased Rev. Michael O’Brien.

    The local plaintiff is identified only as John Doe 3. He is in his early 40s and is married and has children, according to a lawsuit filed in state District Court in Albuquerque last week.