Local News

  • NM leads nation in alcohol deaths

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico leads the nation when it comes to deaths related to excessive alcohol use.

    A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that New Mexico experienced more deaths per capita that were attributable to alcohol. That rate of 51 deaths per 100,000 people was more than any other state.

    “New Mexico has very much struggled with alcohol,” Laura Tomedi, an alcohol epidemiologist for the New Mexico Department of Health, told The New Mexican (http://bit.ly/1q8B4Sn).

  • Looking Back - July 9, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, July 13 — The Fishing Derby, directed by John L. Padilla, drew about 250 participants. Padilla said, “Those who came had a lot of fun. Those who didn’t, we are sorry, missed out.” Prize-wining catches were made by David Gonzales, first fish; Donald Lopez, biggest fish, 11 inches; Chuck, Martinez, limit of fish; and Ricky Garcia, smallest fish, The derby was held at Harris Lake, north of town.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 9, 2014

    VFW Post meeting
    VFW Post 1547 will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the post home on Mills Avenue. The meeting is important, and all VFW members are asked to attend.

  • Weather - July 9

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Light and variable wind becoming south 10-15 mph in the morning. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. South wind 5-15 mph.

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5-10 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.


  • ‘Treasure’ gifts sought for treasure hunt

    Submitted to the Optic

    Several gifts have been offered by local merchants and others ­— and more are being sought — as prizes to be found in a “Treasure Hunt” Sunday morning, Aug. 3, a benefit for the Dana Konno Nursing Scholarship Fund at Luna Community College.

    Clues to gift locations around town will be given in a video to be posted on YouTube early that morning.

  • Mayor’s travel tops $12K

    It was a Thursday morning in June and the New Mexico Finance Authority was convening at 9 a.m. in Santa Fe to take up a number of items, including two key ones for Las Vegas.

    The authority had already signed off on $4 million in financing for the city’s Bradner Reservoir project. The question for board members on this morning was what terms should be offered on that money. The original proposal was to make 60 percent of that funding a grant and the remaining 40 percent a low-interest loan. The city was pushing for better terms.

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  • Plane crashes at Las Vegas airport

    Las Vegas police have identified the people whose plane crashed at the Las Vegas Municipal Airport Wednesday evening as a family from Minnesota.

    “The plane was landing and something went amiss,” Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

  • High court agrees your privacy matters

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ruling that police must get a judge’s approval before searching the cellphones of people they’ve arrested.
    The term that ended last week also had its share of 5-4 decisions with the familiar conservative-liberal split, including last Monday’s ruling on religion, birth control and the health care law.

  • Looking Back - July 7, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, July 7 — In a statement issued today, Fidel C. Gonzales and Donald A. Martinez flatly denied that they had any interest in either the school system or the municipality of the City of Las Vegas. This statement was made in answer to innuendos contained in an article by syndicated columnist Will Harrison. Harrison had stated that Gonzales and Martinez had extensive control in San Miguel County and that all that was left for them to “conquer” was the East Las Vegas City Hall and school system.