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  • In Brief - Local News - March 29, 2013

    Optic Staff Reports

    Judge applicant withdraws  
    One of the five candidates who applied to replace former Judge Eugenio Mathis has withdrawn her name from consideration.
    Floripa Gallegos notified the judicial selection office that she no longer wished to be considered for the post.

  • Looking Back - March 27, 2013

    In 1963

    Friday, March 29 — General Motors has announced that Joe M. Romero, local Chevrolet dealer for the past 10 years, has been reappointed to serve as GM Community Relations chairman for this area. He can make available to the public a variety of interesting and educational materials in the form of motion pictures, booklets and presentations from GM’s Public Relations staff. One of the films is “Farmer of Tennessee,” produced especially for the Future Farmers of America.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 29, 2013

    Easter Egg Hunts

    Las Vegas Elks Lodge will hold its annual Easter egg hunt at Robertson football field at 1p.m. this Sunday. The City of Las Vegas Museum is also hosting an Easter egg hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Carnegie Park.

  • Weather - March 29, 2013

    Friday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Southwest wind 10-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Northwest wind around 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38.

  • Legislative action could force cities, counties to hike taxes

    The Associated Press
    The New Mexico Legislature’s decision to phase out state reimbursements to local governments for not taxing food and medicine could lead some city and county governments to raise taxes.
    The plan adopted by the Legislature on March 16 will require large and mid-sized city and county governments starting in 2016 to accept a payout between 6 percent and 7 percent smaller each year until the state’s “hold harmless” subsidies for the food and medicine taxes are entirely eliminated by 2030.

  • Jail Log - March 29, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 19 and March 26:

    Douglas Lopez, 32, failure to pay child support
    Mario Urban, 30, criminal trespass, Adult Probation Office
    Lorenzo Gallegos, 50, protective custody
    Christopher Herrera, 31, driving on a suspended or  revoked license
    Michelle Garcia, 43, aggravated battery
    John Ulibarri, 47, aggravated battery
    Fred Pino, 45, probation violation
    Wilfred Ortiz, 52, 10 day commitment

  • Fire destroys Sheridan home

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A Sheridan family is out of a home after a wind swept blaze consumed their house on Saturday afternoon.

    The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time, said Arthur Atencio, chief of the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department.

    “Those high winds that day really whipped it up and by the time we got there it was fully engulfed,” Atencio said. “We were lucky just to keep it from spreading any further.”

  • Spate of Graffiti - Vandalism costing state big bucks

    Graffiti vandals and aluminum thieves are hitting signs on state roads, leaving their marks or taking off with the aluminum signs.

    Local state transportation officials are asking area businesses and the public for help to locate the graffiti vandals and thieves.

    “It costs taxpayers $250 to $2,500 to replace each sign, based on the size of the sign,” said Kenny Lujan, public information officer with the District 4 office.

    Graffiti has plagued the area for several months, forcing the department to replace stacks of tagged signs.

  • East officials say $500K in cuts needed

    The drama over Las Vegas City Schools’  budget woes continues.

    During a board meeting last week, district officials said the state Public Education Department has assured them that the east side school district will receive $500,000 in emergency supplemental funding.

    District officials said they met with PED Deputy Secretary Paul Aguilar earlier this month, and he provided the assurance.  

    “It has been a really challenging year,” Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said.

  • City amends law to allow beer sales

    Plans to sell beer at the Rodriguez Park Complex during professional baseball games took a major step forward last week with the City Council approving changes to its drinking in public ordinance that would allow it.

    City Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the changes, while Mayor Alfonso Ortiz joined with Councilors Vince Howell and Joey Herrera to approve it.