Local News

  • Chamber gets city contract

    Nearly a year after the city ceased funding the Las Vegas San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, the City Council has thrown the organization a new lifeline.

    Councilors voted unanimously last week to approve a seven- month, $35,000 contract for the struggling organization, but in order to receive that funding, the chamber will need to provide several deliverables, including working to recruit 100 new members.

  • HU student found dead in dorm

    A New Mexico Highlands University officer conducting a welfare check found a student dead inside her room at Kennedy Hall Monday evening.

    The university identified the deceased woman as Paige Martinez, a 52-year-old Media Arts student. State police, which has jurisdiction on university campuses, was called in to investigate. While the death was initially deemed suspicious, state police released a statement Tuesday saying that foul play is not suspected in the death.

  • Ferguson businesses torched in protests

    By Jim Salter and David A. Lieb
    The Associated Press

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 26, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, Nov. 25 — Maurice Hoffman was elected president of the Las Vegas Shrine Club at the club’s regular monthly meeting at the Home Cafe. Hoffman succeeds Cap Parkinson as president. Other officers elected were Marion Wiggins of Wagon Mound to replace Hoffman as president and E.E. “Pete” Gardner as secretary-treasurer to replace the late Frank Weddington. The new officers take office Jan. 1.

  • Looking ahead - News - Nov. 26, 2014

    Free Thanksgiving meal
    El Sombrero Restaurant’s free Thanksgiving dinner, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27 at the restaurant located at 825 Mills Ave. Everyone welcome.

  • Weather - Nov. 26, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28. West wind around 5 mph, becoming northwest in the evening.

    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind around 5 mph, becoming south in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32.

    Sunny, with a high near 69. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:47 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.

  • East board censures Ortiz

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has censured one of its members over an incident that occurred at Memorial Middle School late last month.

  • A helping hand - 200 turkeys will be given away

    Several hundred families will have a good Thanksgiving this year courtesy of avid KMDZ 96.7 FM radio listeners. On Friday, radio personality Charlynne “Charli” Otero wrapped up her 13th Annual Turkey Drive.

    Otero said she wanted to help the people in need during the holidays. She said her turkey drive vision began when she attended a live remote and realized the need to organize a drive to help others. She started her drive with the full support of station owners Matt and Martha Martinez.

  • Lawmakers expect smaller revenue gain

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico legislators say a dip in oil prices could result in a smaller increase in state revenue to divvy up during the next budget year than they expected a few months ago.

    A revenue forecast released in August said about $285 million should be available for spending increases or tax cuts.

    However, key legislators said that increase now apparently will be smaller, in the range of $185 million to $235 million, the Albuquerque Journal reported last week.

  • Hendrickson hired as EDC director

    Submitted to the Optic

    William Hendrickson began his job as executive director of the Las Vegas San Miguel Economic Development Corporation on Nov. 17, having just arrived from Kuwait where he has spent the last eight years working for a government contractor as a  project supervisor.