Local News

  • Preliminary election results

    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Gloria Lovato Pacheco has a 63-vote lead over challenger Leonard Padilla with all precincts reporting except Sapello and Watrous. Lovato Pacheco is a native of Watrous and is expected to win there, which will make it difficult for Padilla to overcome her lead in the Position 4 race.

    In the Position 5 race, Robert J. Duran III appears to have defeated incumbent Luis Ortiz, by a more than 2-to-1 margin. As with the Position 4 race, results for Watrous and Sapello are not yet in, but Ortiz is losing by 321 votes.

  • Fraud case settled for $75M

    Las Vegas Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital and three affiliated entities have agreed to pay a combined $75 million to settle allegations that they broke federal law by improperly donating money to local governments in order to make millions of dollars off the Medicaid program.

    The U.S. Justice Department announced the settlement Monday.

  • EDC to receive state assistance

    Submitted to the Optic

    When New Mexico Economic Development Department Secretary Jon Barela announced recently that northern New Mexico community kitchens would be receiving state help, it was good news to Bill Hendrickson, Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development executive director.

    “We are proud and excited that we have been recognized for the effort we have put into initiating this program in Las Vegas. We are working closely with New Mexico Highlands University on this project,” Hendrickson said.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 4, 2015

    In 1965

  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 4, 2015

    Story Time at Carnegie Library
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “My Huggy Valentine” by Sheila Sweeny Higginson. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Feb. 4, 2015

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind 10-15 mph, becoming northeast in the afternoon. Cloudy at night, with a low around 24. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. West wind around 5 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32.

    Sunny, with a high near 68. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:58 a.m. to 5:31 p.m.

  • Lawmakers table minimum wage increase

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico panel of lawmakers voted along party lines Monday to table two bills that called for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from the current $7.50, one of them incrementally.

    The vote on both bills was 4-3, with Republicans in the majority.

    At $10.10 an hour, New Mexico’s minimum wage would be higher than any other state in the nation.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 4, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Court rejects eval challenge
    A state appeals court has refused to block New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system.
    A state Court of Appeals opinion issued Thursday upholds a District Court judge’s refusal to stop implementation of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s system.
    The judge ruled that Secretary Hanna Skandera has the authority to carry out administrative rules such as the teacher evaluation program, and the Court of Appeals agreed.

  • Archdiocese hit with more suits

    More people have come forward alleging that they were sexually abused by priests as children decades ago.

    The allegations are contained in seven more lawsuits filed last week against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and several New Mexico parishes. One of the new lawsuits was filed on behalf of a 49-year-old Las Vegas man who alleges that he was sexually abused by Father Jason Sigler between 1973 and 1974 while he was a childhood parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church.

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