Local News

  • Appeals court rules for Montoyas

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    The state Court of Appeals has determined that the Montoya family is legally entitled to keep 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the Tecolote Land Grant, dealing a blow to the land grant board which was attempting to nullify nine deeds to that land executed by Jose Maria Montoya to his heirs in 1899.

    The Appeals Court opinion, filed in late May, is just the latest chapter in a years-long legal battle between the Montoya family and the land grant board.

  • Learning his lines - ‘Secret Garden’ play Saturday

    One of the annual highlights of the summer will  hit the stage for one show on Saturday evening after a week of strenuous rehearsals.

    On Monday morning more than 60 children walked into Ilfeld Auditorium in hopes of gaining a role on “The Secret Garden,” with the majority of them landing a part in the Missoula Children’s Theatre original rendition.

  • Report: NM 49th in child well-being

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Southwest continues to earn dismal marks for child well-being, with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada ranking in the bottom five of an annual national report that grades states on education, health care and poverty.

    New Mexico, which last year booted Mississippi from last place, moved back up to 49th in this year’s Kids Count Data Book, thanks to a slight drop in child poverty, improvements in high school graduation rates and a drop in the teenage birth rate.

  • Motorcycle rally is this weekend

    The roar of iron horses will soon hit the streets of Las Vegas for the Ninth Annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally set to begin with a blood drive on Thursday and ending with the drawing for the 2014 Harley Davidson Fat Bob with a tribute paint job for veterans on Sunday afternoon.

    Rally committee members said this year’s rally is dedicated to veterans.

    The rally is expected to bring in thousands of dollars to the area, along with hundreds, if not thousands, of riders on bikes of all makes, sizes, colors and sounds.

  • Looking Back - July 23, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, July 24 — The Board of Directors of the Viles Foundation, Inc., met on July 18 to review the grants-in-aid previously made and to make new grants. At this meeting the 50th grant in its five-year history was made, making the total of direct grants approximately $30,000. Of these grantees, three have received their B.A. degrees; one is beginning work on a master’s degree. The first recipient, Frances Gillespie of Las Vegas, completed her college work and then graduated from Women Officer’s School in Newport, R.I.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 23, 2014

    Las Vegas Municipal Court will be closed
    Las Vegas Municipal Court will be closed from today to Friday, July 25. Municipal Court staff will be attending the Judicial Conference out of town. If you have any questions, contact the Municipal Court at 426-9403.

  • Weather - July 23

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.


  • Hospital readies for walkout

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Contract talks are continuing but Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center says it’s preparing to keep operating in the event of a possible strike by nurses and technicians at the Santa Fe hospital.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a union that represents the workers presented the hospital with a strike notice Monday after workers voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract proposal.

  • East board member resigning

    The vacancy sign is once again out for a seat on the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education. During a board meeting on Thursday evening, board member Ernesto Salazar announced his resignation from the board effective at the end of the month. Salazar cited his job relocation and his father’s declining heath as his reasons for his abrupt resignation. He is the current vice-president on the board.

  • Spearless warrior - Police seek public’s help

    Las Vegas police are asking for the public’s help in finding the spear that was taken from a carved statue on Plaza Park and those responsible for its theft.

    The carving, which was completed shortly before the Fiestas, originally portrayed a warrior holding a spear high above his head. But on Thursday morning police were notified that the spear had been taken.

    Surveillance cameras around Plaza Park apparently didn’t capture the theft.