Local News

  • Event explores history of Black Berets

    Submitted to the Optic
    An event scheduled for Thursday on the New Mexico Highlands University campus will provide area residents with the opportunity to learn more about the Chicano Movement in New Mexico.  

  • Looking Back - News - Sept. 12, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Sept. 12 — Firemen battled a fire at a house on 1311 Chavez Street and the adjacent house for over an hour today. The fire was reported just before 11:30 and was across the street from the Old Presbyterian Church. The blaze did extensive damage to the houses occupied by Jose Gallegos and family.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 12, 2012

    Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival

    The Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival begins this Friday with a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Plaza Hotel ballroom. The Saturday concert will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Plaza Park Gazebo. Admission for the dance is $8, but the Saturday concert is free. For more information, call 454-6771. 

  • Weather - Sept. 12, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.


  • Executives remain on leave

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Finance Authority is keeping two top executives on administrative leave during investigations over a fake financial audit that has led to arrests by state securities regulators.
    The authority’s governing board on Monday met in a private executive session for more than an hour to discuss what to do about CEO Rick May and Chief Operating Officer John Duff, but no action was taken later during a public meeting to change their suspension from last month.

  • Group donates $198K to Democrats

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A political committee affiliated with New Mexico trial lawyers has donated $198,000 in the past two months to Democratic candidates and political groups helping Democrats retain control of the Legislature, according to a financial disclosure filed Monday.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 12, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Poll: Voters feel better off
    ALBUQUERQUE — A new poll shows that three out of four New Mexico voters feel their personal finances are the same or worse than they were before the recession took hold four years ago.
    The poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal found that 39 percent of voters said their finances were the same, while 37 percent said they were worse off.
    Twenty-three percent said they were better off.
    Two percent of those surveyed said they didn't know.

  • Men rack up 10th, 11th DWIs

    Within the last couple of weeks state police arrested two men on driving under the influence charges, both of whom have a long history of driving drunk.

    Neither man should have been behind the wheel, sober or otherwise.

    State Police say both had suspended or revoked driver’s licenses.

  • Fall Blossoms - An apple tree phenomenon

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
     For the Optic

    L.J. Sanchez, who resides on North Gonzales in West Las Vegas, notes that he’s “never seen apple trees in bloom after they’ve produced,” as his did earlier this summer. Oddly, last week he noticed blossoms after the trees had produced a bumper crop.

  • Literacy advocates: past, present

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A collection of eye-and-mind-opening items punctuate the content of the Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico’s current exhibit titled “Literacy as the Written Word — Greater Las Vegas Area — 1820 to the Present.”

    A key aim of the event is to show that literacy was an issue and has been alive and well in New Mexico from the early land grant days during the 19th century through today.