Local News

  • $600M generated for schools, hospitals

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Land Office says it has earned more than $650 million from state trust lands in the most recent fiscal year.

    The New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas is the beneficiary of nearly $3 million, while New Mexico Highlands University will get $263,000.

  • Loughner would get life in shooting

    By Paul Davenport
    and Pete Yost
    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — A possible plea deal in the deadly Tucson shootings that wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords would send Jared Lee Loughner to prison for the rest of his life, according to a person familiar with the case.

  • Candidates see what they want in jobs report

    By Ben Feller
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Sputtering along, the economy is offering some hope but no illuminating help to voters who are mired in a weak jobs recovery and flooded with familiar promises from President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. A new employment snapshot seemed too mixed and middling to jolt a consistently close race.

  • Looking Back - August 6, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Aug. 8 — David Bibb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dee Bibb of Las Vegas, is one of four members of Highlands University’s August graduating class who participated in the institution’s Early Admissions Program. And he is the first from Las Vegas to graduate under the program. Because Bibb attended summer school as well, he was able to graduate in three years.

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 6, 2012

    Meeting on water rate hike is Tuesday

    The city of Las Vegas continues to hold public meetings on its proposed water rate hikes. The next meeting, which will focus on the proposed rate hikes as they apply to commercial customers, will be at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday at Sininger Hall on the New Mexico Highlands University campus, 904 National Ave.

  • Weather - August 6, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.


  • Law school dean nominated

    ALBUQUERQUE — Tribal leaders and others are praising the nomination of a University of New Mexico Law School dean to oversee the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, saying he’s well-qualified and understands the issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

    New Mexico U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall said they would push for the swift confirmation of Kevin Washburn in the Senate. Washburn will succeed Larry Echo Hawk, who resigned earlier this year, if the nomination is approved.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - August 6, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    More NM moms are breastfeeding

    SANTA FE — The state’s top health official says it’s good news that more New Mexico mothers are breastfeeding their babies.
    Health Secretary Catherine Torres says she’s encouraged by findings of a recent report released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The CDC report says that 81.5 percent of New Mexico mothers breastfed their babies at some point. That’s up from 73.1 percent in last year’s report.

  • Over the Edge V - Community theater presents annual Las Vegas parody

    Submitted to the Optic

    It is August, and the summer is winding down, but no summer is every truly complete until the production of “Over the Edge.” The Nat Gold Players, in collaboration with Clearly Confused Productions, Las Vegas’ youth-run theater group, present the fifth installment in as many years of “Over the Edge V: Frack You.”

  • Truman grandson visits A-bomb memorial

    By Mari Yamaguchi
    The Associated Press

    TOKYO — A grandson of ex-U.S. President Harry Truman, who ordered the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II, is in Hiroshima to attend a memorial service for the victims.

    Clifton Truman Daniel visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Saturday and laid a wreath for the 140,000 people killed by the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing authorized by his grandfather. Another atomic blast in Nagasaki three days later killed 70,000 more.