Today's News

  • Luna offers presidential post to Arizona educator

    By Gwen Albers, Las Vegas Optic

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted unanimously to offer the president’s job to an Arizona college administrator with an expertise in accreditation.

    If Dr. Bruce Moses accepts the contract, this will be first time in LCC’s 51-year history that a New Mexican will not serve as its president.

    Educated in Michigan, Moses is the assistant vice chancellor for accreditation and academic quality improvement at Pima County Community College District in Tucson.

  • Man arrested after police chase comes to fiery end

    A 26-year-old Las Vegas man is scheduled to appear in San Miguel Magistrate Court next week to face several charges resulting from a police chase late last month. The most serious charge is aggravated fleeing of law enforcement, a fourth degree felony.

    According to an arrest affidavit, the morning of Sept. 29, a Las Vegas Police officer spotted a man believed to be Andy Lovato — who had an active warrant for his arrest — driving a green Toyota.

  • Foreign teachers pay dearly to fill N.M. jobs

    By Lauren Villagran, Searchlight New Mexico

    HOBBS – The alarm rings at 3 a.m., and Ronell Mangilit is the first one up in a house shared with four fellow teachers.

    He prepares breakfast, writes up the day’s math lesson, and puts on a button-down shirt, a tie and crisply pressed slacks. Then it’s off to teach the children of New Mexican oil rig workers — arriving in his sixth-grade classroom by 7:20 sharp.

  • H.U. Undergraduate Enrichment has new location, director

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The Highlands Undergraduate Enrichment program at New Mexico Highlands has a new location and a new interim director.

    Melissa Williamson is the interim director for the program that aims to boosts students into successful college careers. It is now located in the Engineering Building at 916 11th St.

    The name is also new for the Highlands Undergraduate Enrichment program, or HUE, which presents the First-Year Experience Learning Communities, including an iSeminar, for all freshmen.

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, October 12, 2018

    Friday, Oct. 16
    The Rotary Club of Las Vegas presents a local chef competition and fundraising event for local youth and educational programs in San Miguel County. 6 p.m. at NM Highlands University Student Center Ballroom, 800 National Avenue. Tickets are $30 each, or two for $50. Email cookinglvnm@gmail.com for information.

  • The election and its final twists and turns

    The way I figure it, the Republicans are getting the Supreme Court judge they want but they’re going pay for it by losing big in the midterm elections.

    If Democrats don’t at least take the U.S. House this time around, I’ll be both stunned and disappointed. America needs a check on Trump’s irrational hold over Washington, and I’ll bet a lot of outraged, anti-Trump people — particularly women — are going to vote with a vengeance this year.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, October 12

    Thumbs down to the American president for worsening trade relations with the Far East, especially China. No one suggested the balance was fair, but the executive-branch tariff system isn’t doing anything — and what is the stated goal of the tariffs, anyway?

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, October 11
  • Color Run for Life

    The Color Run for Life 5k run / 1-mile walk was held Saturday, Oct. 6 in Las Vegas. To begin the Color Run, contestants tossed colored powder into the air.

  • Go Fish: Friday, Oct. 12

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week
    Bluewater Lake: Alicia Greenwood of Artesia caught and released a 33-inch tiger muskie Sept. 30. She was using a red crank bait.