Local News

  • NM probes handling of emergency food aid

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The practice of altering emergency food assistance applications that results in delayed benefits may date back more than a decade, New Mexico lawmakers were told Monday.

    In April, a state employee who processed emergency food benefit applications testified in court that superiors changed her notes and put down that an applicant had an additional $400 — delaying immediate delivery of assistance.

  • Duke City school to honor Cummings

    Vanessa Cummings was known to bring a story to life either through music or re-enactment. On Thursday, a classroom of kids from Longfellow Elementary in Albuquerque will bring her life to stage.

    Mora native Nathan Espinoza and his fifth grade class from Longfellow Elementary will present “Con Valor,” an original play written and preformed by the students.  

  • Vegas man facing 7th DWI

    A Las Vegas man who already had his driver’s license revoked for a previous DWI couldn’t resist the temptation of getting back behind the wheel to buy chewing tobacco when his ran out.

    Despite the fact that he had downed three beers, according to his own admission, Damian Valdez, 30, who resides on the 2700 block of Seventh Street, got into the vehicle and headed to the store.

  • MainStreet making its mark

    Cindy Collins and MainStreet de Las Vegas’ work has not gone unnoticed. Earlier this month, the group was recognized by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division for their efforts to preserve the state’s first volunteer firehouse, the E. Romero Hose and Fire Company building located on Bridge St. The group was the recipient of the division’s Architectural Heritage Award.

  • Poll shows strong support for paid family leave

    By Alejandra Cancino
    For The Associated Press

    CHICAGO — Time off from work to care for a child or relative is codified in federal law. Now, an overwhelming majority of Americans 40 and older want that time away from the job to be paid.

    An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Friday said 72 percent support paid family leave. Democrats were more likely to back it, but Republicans also expressed strong support. Overall, support was stronger among people age 40-64 and among women.

  • Effluent available for watering yards

    Submitted to the Optic

    The city of Las Vegas will once again allow the public to get reclaimed water for their yards beginning on Monday. 

    The reclaimed water will be available at the Utility Services Center located at 905 12th Street. Hours of operation will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost of the water is $1.25 per 1,000 gallons and an additional 50 cent charge per trip.

  • Value of nuclear power up for debate in rate case

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Discrepancies over the value of electricity purchased from a nuclear-fired power plant in Arizona has interrupted proceedings related to a request by New Mexico’s largest electric utility to raise rates for more than a half-million customers.

  • Movie director to address UWC grads

    Submitted to the Optic

    Gavin Hood, an Academy Award-winning director, will be the featured speaker at commencement exercises for the United World College at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the UWC campus in Montezuma.

    The graduation is open to the public, and will be streamed live on the UWC website.

  • West board to interview all applicants

    All seven candidates for the vacant position on the West Las Vegas School board are still in the running.

    During a special board meeting on Tuesday evening, the board unanimously decided not to select finalists for the position, but to interview all candidates during a board meeting on Wednesday.

  • Striving to make NM ‘best place to be a kid’

    Child abuse is an epidemic that has plagued the state for years. We have all seen it from the brutal Baby Brianna case in southern New Mexico in 2002 to the death of 9-year-old Omaree Varela in 2013.

    Now, the woman leading the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department is on a mission to ensure we all have a part against the war on child abuse and to make New Mexico “the best place to be a kid.”