Local News

  • Appeal filed over Bradner

    The Storrie Project Water Users Association is asking a Santa Fe court to halt the city’s Bradner Reservoir enlargement project until an environmental impact statement can be prepared for the work that is planned.

    The city of Las Vegas had been hoping to break ground on the expansion project early next year. City officials are now worried about being able to meet that timeline.

  • More NM kids attending preschool

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s investment in early childhood education over the past decade has dramatically increased the number of children enrolled in preschool programs, but state and federal officials say more needs to be done.

    Federal statistics released this week by the U.S. Education Department show around 40 percent of 4-year-olds were enrolled in publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs in New Mexico during the 2012-13 school year.

  • Looking Back - April 10, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, April 5 — Members of the music and drama departments at Highlands University are preparing for the presentation of “Once Upon a Mattress,” a parody on the fable of the Princess and the Pea. Among those rehearsing are Danny Montgomery, Las Vegas, who plays Prince Dauntless; Mary Reynolds, Las Vegas, Queen Agravain; Pat Dinkins, Albuquerque, as King Sextimus the Silent; and Peggy Miller, Las Vegas, as Princess Winnifred. Professor Ronald Wynn will serve as musical director, with Dr. Richard O’Connell as drama director.

  • Looking ahead - News - April 10, 2015

    Habichat: Restoring Bird Friendly Native Habitats of Northeastern New Mexico presentation will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. A biologist at the local refuge will discuss the difference between a marsh and a pond, how to ensure healthy nutritious food for migrating birds in various habitats and how the recent drought affected bird and wildlife counts. Refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - April 10, 2015

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. South wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40.


  • NM VA clinic among worst for delays

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    A Veterans Affairs clinic in northwestern New Mexico ranks among the worst in the nation when it comes to the percentage of appointments that were delayed a month or longer.

    While local VA officials say they’re doing their best to expand services in rural areas where recruiting is a challenge, advocates say more needs to be done — and quickly.

  • In Brief - News - April 10, 2015

    The Associated Press

    NM water-supply forecast a downer

    SANTA FE — A new water-supply forecast signals that New Mexico could face continued trouble.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Climate Prediction Center forecast indicates that recent warm temperatures and relatively little snowfall means the state likely faces below-average runoff from snowpack in higher elevation for the fifth straight year.

  • Gusts with a vengeance
  • Former governor of Laguna Pueblo to address Republicans

    Submitted to the Optic

    The former governor of Laguna Pueblo, Richard Luarkie, will speak at 11 a.m. April 25 in the meeting room of the Best Western Montezuma Inn and Suites, 2020 N Grand Ave.   

    San Miguel County Republicans will meet at 9 a.m. for their Biennial Organizational Convention to elect new County Central Committee members, new county officers, and delegates to the Republican State Central Committee. Following the convention, there will be a reception for Gov. Luarkie.

  • Jail Log - April 10, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 31 and April 6:
    Dominic Quintana, 42, failure to appear, bench warrant, LV Municipal
    Vivian Vigil, 27, aggravated battery on household member, interference with communication
    Jacob Cordova, age unavailable, aggravated DWI, possession of marijuana, no headlamps
    Jose Trujillo, 27, 26-day commitment
    Jenny Montaño, 29, failure to pay fines, failure to comply with conditions of probation, bench warrant SM Magistrate/SM District