Today's News

  • Deportations down 20 percent

    By Alicia A. Caldwell
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion.

    The Homeland Security Department is on pace to remove the fewest number of immigrants since 2007, according to an analysis of its data by The Associated Press.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 15, 2014

    The Associated Press

    GOP candidates to be listed first

    SANTA FE — Republican candidates will appear first on the ballot in New Mexico’s general election.
    A drawing last week determined ballot position.
    The secretary of state’s office said a GOP candidate’s name will be listed first in a contested race, and then the Democrat. A minor party candidate, if there’s one, appears next and then an independent.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 15, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 15, 2014

    The Highlands University Foundation will sponsor a fine art print lecture by Dr. Robert Bell at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the George and Sherry Talbot Fine Art Print room in Kennedy Hall. The talk is titled, “A Survey of Print Making Techniques and Styles. Call 454-3248 pr 454-3338 for more information. The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Sept. 15, 2014

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. East wind 10-15 mph, becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

  • FYI - Sept. 15

    The West Las Vegas High School homecoming game has been moved back to its original 7 p.m. game time on Friday against the Capital Jaguars. The high school volleyball team will no longer be participating in the Tourney of Champions in Santa Fe, according to Superintendent Gene Parson.

  • Poorly handled

    Conflicts in sports schedules are nothing new this time of year.

    They happen frequently, and, unfortunately, homecoming activities are no exception to that rule.

    That’s why the on-again, off-again shuffling of homecoming activities at West Las Vegas High School was so bizarre and had some in this community pointing fingers at West Board member Gary Gold.

    In case you missed the controversy, here’s the short version.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 15, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Election-year issues that will and won’t matter

    In the wake of the Labor Day weekend comes the campaign for Election 2014, in earnest.

    All the noise you’ve heard so far was just the warm-up. Now comes the hyperbole, followed by a big dose of overkill.

    Still, it’s an important election. On every New Mexico ballot this November, there will be boxes to check for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, land commissioner, U.S. senator and representative and five state constitutional amendments.

  • Lumberjacked!

    NMHU Sports Information and Las Vegas Optic

    A balanced attack by Northern Arizona — the No. 24 ranked team in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision — overwhelmed New Mexico Highlands on Saturday in a 62-23 shootout at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz.

    Kyren Poe went 14 of 23 for 241 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover to lead NAU’s offense. Marquice Paige and Corbin Jountti combined for 260 yards rushing and two touchdowns.