Local News

  • Feds want to seize Vegas assets

    Federal authorities plan to pursue forfeiture proceedings on six parcels of real property in Las Vegas that they allege are connected to a major drug-trafficking and money-laundering organization.

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  • El Sombrero to serve free Thanksgiving dinner

    A nearly two-decade old tradition will continue at one local restaurant for Thanksgiving. El Sombrero Restaurant’s free Thanksgiving dinner will offer everyone a delicious home-style meal on Thursday.

    The dinner is free and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the restaurant located at 825 Mills Ave.

    This year will feature a feast of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, salad, cranberry sauce and mixed vegetables.

  • House Dems outline finance reform plan

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — House Democratic leaders on Monday rolled out their proposals for reforming New Mexico’s scandal-plagued campaign finance reporting system and creating a statewide ethics commission, measures they say would help restore voters’ faith in government.

    They also want to toughen a pension forfeiture law aimed at corrupt elected officials and require that donations funneled to winning candidates for inaugural celebrations be reported just as any another campaign contributions.

  • Officials: New Mexico’s weak child porn law lures offenders

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A weak child pornography law in New Mexico is attracting offenders to the state, officials said.

    A 2014 New Mexico Supreme Court ruling limits child porn possession charges to a single count regardless of the number of images involved, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • UNM grapples with higher costs, no new revenue

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico officials are looking at ways to bridge a multimillion-dollar gap in the budget.

    The university’s associate vice president of planning, budget and analysis Andrew Cullen told members of the board of regents Friday that no new revenue is anticipated as fixed costs increase by an expected $3.5 million, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

    Utility costs alone are expected to increase by $600,000.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 25, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Eastern NM could see icy conditions
    Forecasters say eastern New Mexico may be in for icy weather conditions starting late Thanksgiving day.
    National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones says Arctic air will spread southward beneath a relatively warm and very moist air stream originating elsewhere.
    He says that could spell trouble for travelers with icy conditions on Friday but that a less active and drier weather pattern is expected by Sunday.

  • Weather - Nov. 25, 2015


    HIGH 63° / LOW 36°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
    6:46 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.


    HIGH 54° / LOW 26°
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. South wind 15 to 20 mph.
    6:47 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Nov. 25, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, Nov. 22, 1965 — William C. Wertz, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wertz of Las Vegas, is among 20 college newspaper editors selected by Life Magazine for an expense-paid trip to Cape Kennedy to watch the launching of Gemini 7, scheduled for Dec. 4. Wertz, a junior majoring in journalism, is managing editor of the Stanford University Daily newspaper. He lis a Robertson High School graduate. Wertz will leave San Francisco on Dec. 3 and return on Dec. 5. Following the launching he will attend a press conference with top brass on the space project.

  • Cut-your-own Christmas tree permits available

    Submitted to the Optic

    Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest are on sale at forest headquarters, all ranger district offices and select third-party vendors.