Local News

  • New voting machines set for elections

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico voters will be casting ballots this November on new machines that have raised concerns among a legislative agency and some county clerks.

    The voting machines, which cost nearly $12 million to buy and set up, will make their debut in the Nov. 4 general election, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday. Clerks in all 33 counties have been thoroughly trained in their use, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 3, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, Sept. 2 — New teachers for Las Vegas City Schools are Thomas Varela, Pablo Lucero, Levinio Montoya, Louis Lucero, Freddie Baca, Myrtle King, Miriam Paroissien, Mary Falbo, Pauline Rindone, Shirley Jones, Carolyn Newton, Agnes Vigil, Vivian Arredondo, Susan Valdez, Patrick Schlatter, Charles Boyles, Ted Maestas, Orlando Sandoval, Leo Maestas, Silas Lopez, Mike Baca, Fred Ortiz, Ray Chapa and Robert Schopfer.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 3, 2014

    Story Time
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Up in the Tree” by Margaret Atwood. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Sept. 3, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 55. South wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

    Sunrise ... Sunset

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 3, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Councilors earn designations
    Las Vegas City Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and Dave Romero have received the Certified Municipal Official designation from the Municipal Officials Leadership Institute sponsored by the New Mexico Municipal League.  They received the official designation at the Municipal League’s 57th Annual Conference Aug. 28 in Albuquerque.

  • 5 things to know about New Mexico’s elections

    The Associated Press
    New Mexico voters will be choosing a lot more than a governor this November. They will also be electing a new attorney general and deciding whether Democrats will retain control of the state U.S. Senate seats and the statehouse. Here are five things to know about the midterm elections:

    U.S. Senate

  • Research center focuses on sustainable farming

    By Jennifer Rowland

    United World College-USA’s newest class spent a few days of their first week getting their hands dirty — literally. As part of their orientation, first-year students were charged with helping to construct a commercial grade high tunnel that will be used to grow produce this winter.

  • Las Vegas man pleads to robberies

    A 24-year-old Las Vegas man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to a four-count indictment stemming from a two-day crime spree in San Miguel and Sandoval Counties in 2011.

    Daniel Lujan has yet to be formally sentenced on the charges. But under the terms of his plea agreement, he will be sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by a term of supervised release that the court will determine, the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a news release.

    Among the businesses Lujan admitted to robbing was the Legion Park branch of Community 1st Bank on Aug. 1, 2011.

  • Making a splash
  • King lags in governor’s race

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — After a summer of bruising television ads in New Mexico’s race for governor, Democrat Gary King remains optimistic he can close the gap in an uphill challenge against Republican incumbent Susana Martinez.

    The two-term attorney general trailed Martinez by 9 percentage points in a recent poll and lags far behind in fundraising.

    But King is undaunted.