Local News

  • West candidates spar

    Five of the eight candidates for West Las Vegas School board faced off during a forum on Wednesday evening.

    During the forum, board candidates offered their views on varying issues including common core curriculum, rising transportation costs, declining enrollment at the Valley Elementary and Middle School, the district’s teacher union, parental involvement, school safety, high school graduation rates, consolidation and the district’s Family Partnership school.

  • Senior profile - John Burns

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    It’s amazing to discover the details of the lives of Las Vegas denizens. Such was the case with John Burns. He was born in 1938, at the old Las Vegas Hospital, the only child of John and Marie Narwatil Burns, an Austrian immigrant.

    His parents had moved to Las Vegas for health reasons and for treatment at the Valmora Sanatorium. The elder Mr. Burns worked at the Montezuma Barbershop and often tended to people at the Valmora facility.

  • Morrison to be turned into one-way

    The city of Las Vegas is planning to turn the portion of Morrison Street between the courthouse and Our Lady of Sorrows Church into a one-way.

    Under the plan, Morrison from Valencia to West National will be turned into a one way with vehicles able to drive south.
    A public meeting on the change is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the City Council chambers.

    City Manager Elmer Martinez briefed the City Council on the plan at last week’s meeting, telling the governing body that the change is something city staff have been considering for some time.

  • AG makes mental health audit public

    The Associated Press

    A redacted version of an audit that led to the shake-up of behavioral health services for needy New Mexicans is now public.
    State Attorney General Hector Balderas released the audit during a news conference in Albuquerque, saying the state needs to do a better job of ferreting out fraud without disrupting services that citizens depend on.

    He says he’s making changes in the way the attorney general’s office investigates such matters.

  • Woman injured in crash
  • Looking Back - Jan. 30, 2015

    In 1965

    Friday, Jan. 29, 1965 — Archbishop James Peter Davis was present for the service of dedication for the Newman Center Chapel of St. Paul, for Highlands University students, at Columbia Avenue and Eighth Street. The building was built as a Jewish Temple. In renovating the building, most of the original design and woodwork, were retained, according to the Rev. Father Ted Hunt, Newman Center director.

  • Looking ahead - News - Jan. 30, 2015

    Literacy Fair is Saturday

    Seventh annual Literacy Fair will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. This event is sponsored  by The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dorothy Maestas at 454-0005.

  • Weather - Jan. 30, 2015

    Snow. High near 33. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 2-4 inches possible. Snow likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 25. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

    A chance of snow before 11 a.m., then a chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 36. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A 30 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.


  • Dunn halts huge renewable energy project

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has put the brakes on a $2 billion transmission project that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West.

    Dunn announced late Wednesday that he was issuing a 60-day suspension after meeting with the developers. That time period will give his office more time to review the project before any further development affects state trust lands, he said.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 30, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 21 and Jan. 27:
    Fred Pino, 47, probation violation
    Jeff Dutton, 51, criminal trespass/possession of firearms
    Sebastian Gallegos, 22, driving on suspended/revoked license
    John Lopez, 26, positive UA
    Frank Loomis, 48, aggravated assault 
    Mark Mountjoy, 34, aggravated battery on household member
    Isidro Pacheco, 43, aggravated DWI (third offense), driving on suspended revoked license