Local News

  • Weather - March 25, 2015

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming west in the afternoon. A slight chance of rain and snow showers before midnight, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 26. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.

  • In Brief - News - March 25, 2015

    The Associated Press

  • ‘They killed jobs’ - Capital outlay bill goes up in flames

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff
    SANTA FE — Amid partisan fighting and barbs over blame, the New Mexico Legislature failed Saturday to approve legislation that would have paid for hundreds of infrastructure projects throughout the state.

    That capital outlay package approved by the Senate last Tuesday contained more than $21 million in funding for projects in San Miguel County and another $255,000 for Mora County projects. Included in that package was $18 million for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

  • Taking their oaths - West board members sworn in

    Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez and Patrick G. Marquez officially joined the West Las Vegas School board on Thursday evening. Benavidez, 58, beat out Alvin Jiron and John A. Trujillo to take over former board member Gary Gold’s seat. Marquez, who previously served on the board, unseated incumbent Henry J. Abeyta in February’s school board election.

    Board member Marvin Martinez, who was re-elected to the board,  also took his oath of office as he begins his second term as a West Las Vegas School Board member.

  • Commission nominates Ley for senate seat

    San Miguel County Commissioners voted unanimously during a special meeting on Friday to recommend Democrat Hugh Ley to fill the District 39 Senate seat left vacant by the abrupt resignation of Phil Griego.

    Ley, who served eight years as a San Miguel County commissioner, resides in the Pecos area. He owns and operates the Terrero General Store and Riding Stables. He was unable to attend Friday’s meeting.

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  • Legislature Oks bill to release hospital information

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico residents may be getting a new way to check out prices and the quality of care at hospitals and clinics across the state.

    The Santa Fe New Mexico reports that the Legislature has approved and sent Gov. Susana Martinez a bill that melds two legislative proposals.

    The bill would allow the state Department of Health to use the state’s Sunshine Portal website to post hospital-specific information that the department is now barred from releasing.

  • In Brief - News - March 23, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Hiker dies after falling off trail
    Authorities say a teenage girl hiking in the Sandia Mountains has died after falling off a trail.
    Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Williamson says the 17-year-old hiker succumbed to injuries suffered in the fall Saturday while hiking near Sandia Crest. Williamson says rescue personnel had to search for the Albuquerque girl, who was in a remote area.

  • Looking Back - March 23, 2015

    In 1965

  • Looking ahead - News - March 23, 2015

    Women’s Golf Association meeting is Wednesday
    The Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association will be having its annual membership coffee from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 25 at 769 Diane Ave. All women golfers are welcome. For more information, call 425-6003.