Local News

  • Past may haunt board hopefuls

    Child abuse. Possession of cocaine. DWI.

    A check of local court records by the Optic revealed that four of the individuals who filed to run in Las Vegas school board elections have previously had brushes with the law, racking up serious charges.

    Three of those individuals are running for seats on the West Las Vegas School Board, with the fourth running for a seat on the Las Vegas City Schools Board.

    Both school board elections will take place on Feb. 3.

  • New magistrate judges - Rivera, Montaño host investiture

    Las Vegas Optic

    Two new judges have been officially in office for a week and on Friday a ceremony was held in their honor to mark the beginning of a new era at the courthouse. In a packed magistrate courtroom, magistrate judges Melanie Rivera and Christian Montaño took their oaths and were robed by each of their families. Rivera replaced former judge Chris Najar who has since entered retirement. Montaño replaced Eddy Gallegos, who he handily defeated in the general election in November. Montaño was sworn in by former judge Philip Romero.

  • Lawmakers want more money for education

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Education and child welfare initiatives would get more money under a budget proposal released Friday by a New Mexico legislative committee, but lawmakers warned that overall spending next year could be curtailed if oil prices continue to fall.

    The plan from the Legislative Finance Committee would increase spending in New Mexico by more than $140 million next year, with an additional $71 million for public schools and another $25 million for expanding early childhood initiatives.

  • Attorney general outlines agenda

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The practice of hiring private lawyers to file lawsuits on behalf of the New Mexico attorney general’s office is under review, newly elected Attorney General Hector Balderas said Thursday.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 12

    In 1965
    Monday, Jan. 11 — During the heaviest snow of the storm which hit the Las Vegas area Friday afternoon, Macario Rodriguez, driving a school bus near Sapello, stalled in drifts which blocked the road. Rodriguez was carrying some high school students and about a half dozen smaller children who lived near Sapello and Los Alamos. Struggling back to Tito Martinez’s store at Sapello. A phone call to the city schools superintendent led to putting the New Mexico State Police and highway department in touch. All students arrived at their homes before dark.

  • Looking ahead - News - Jan. 12, 2015

    Special City Council meeting Tuesday
    The City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to consider the appointment of Elmer Martinez as city manager. Martinez has been serving as acting city manager for the last seven months.

  • Weather - Jan. 12, 2015

    A 20 percent chance of snow. Widespread freezing fog before 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. South wind 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of snow at night. Cloudy, with a low around 23. South wind around 10 mph.

    A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 38. South wind 10-15 mph. A 40 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20.

  • Fitness challenge
  • Noticias - Jan. 12, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is 425-3577.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • County settles suit for $160K

    Two former San Miguel County employees who filed a lawsuit against the county after they were fired were paid a combined $160,000 to settle their claims.

    Novella C. Montoya and Diane L. Ortiz reached the settlement with the county in November. The settlement agreement was released to the Optic in response to a request under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act.

    Since the lawsuit was filed, Wendy Armijo, the head of San Miguel County’s DWI program, has been reassigned.