Local News

  • Council OKs purchase of garbage trucks

    If you’ve had to wait an extra day for the city to pick up your garbage in recent weeks, chances are it was because one of the solid waste department’s trucks broke down.

    In an effort to address problems with the aging fleet of garbage trucks, the City Council gave the green light last week for city staff to move forward with purchasing two new garbage trucks at a combined cost of nearly $500,000.

  • Gov still opposed to tax increases

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will not consider any tax increases as the state seeks to close a projected budget shortfall during an upcoming special session of the Legislature, her spokesman reiterated Monday.

    State government needs to tighten its belt and raising taxes on families and businesses would make the state less competitive, hurt job prospects and “makes no sense,” said Chris Sanchez, a spokesman for the Republican governor.

  • Budget crunch being felt by jurors

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico jurors and court interpreters are the latest group to feel the pinch of a budget crunch that has all of state government tightening its belt.

    A fund that pays jurors and interpreters has been struggling for several years and the shortfall is now approaching $1 million, according to court and legislative officials.

  • Weather - Aug. 24, 2016


    HIGH 78° / LOW 48°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
    6:27 a.m. to 7:38 p.m.


    HIGH 72° / LOW 50°
    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
    6:28 a.m. to 7:37 p.m.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 24, 2016

    In 1966
    Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1966 — Mayor Ben Lingnau hastened the decision of the city council Monday night to place sufficient warning and school crossing signs at the north and south ends of Grand Avenue. Although the State Highway Commission indicated that the school crossing signs were adequate, it also explained that the commission was open for suggestions. “Like the commission said, they are open for suggestions,” said Bill Elias, councilman, “but we don’t have time to wait fo

  • Rodeo time in Pecos
  • Area students still struggling

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    New Mexico student test scores are up across the state, but less than a third of students remain proficient or better in reading and math, according to results released Thursday.

  • Living Legend - Apodaca to be featured on TV program

    She may be a few years short of a century, but Antonia Apodaca continues to shine through her music.

    Apodaca, 93, will soon hit the television airwaves for a celebration of New Mexico Hispanic Folk Art. The Rociada native and Las Vegas resident, Apodaca, will be one of the artists featured in KNME’s presentation of Nuestra Música show airing from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on channel 5.

  • East gets new activity bus

    Students of the Las Vegas City Schools district will grab their backpacks and head back to school Monday. Welcoming them to this upcoming school year is a brand new activity bus, which was unveiled during a board meeting Thursday evening.

    Superintendent Kelt Cooper said the bus was recently brought to the district and has been a long time coming.

    Board Member Gloria Lovato Pacheco said the bus was purchased with capital outlay funds earmarked for the district.

  • Breaking ground