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Local News

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the new restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Vegas woman wins $50,000

    Submitted to the Optic

    A second Las Vegas resident has won $50,000 by playing the lottery.

    Barbara Fernandez won the prize playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Triple 777” Scratcher.

    “I’ve been in disbelief until I got here,” Fernandez told officials at the lottery’s Albuquerque headquarters. She and her husband, George, claimed the prize in person on Monday.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Plague found in two N.M. pets
     
    SANTA FE — State health officials say plague being found in pets in northern New Mexico should be a warning that human cases could follow.

    The state Health Department confirmed plague this week in a dog in Santa Fe County. Lab tests also have confirmed plague cases in another Santa Fe County dog and a cat from Rio Arriba County near Abiquiu.

    They are the first cases of the year.

    No human plague cases have been confirmed.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Court rules against governor

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against Gov. Susana Martinez in a dispute with labor unions over the Public Employee Labor Relations Board.

    The court said the governor does not have authority to remove members from board and ordered the immediate reinstatement of two members who were removed by the governor in March.

    The governor’s office contends the court’s decision carves out an exception to existing law.

  • SM County receives funds

    Recycling is spreading across the State of New Mexico, thanks to $461,905 in grant funds from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition geared to create 25 rural recycling collection points across the Land of Enchantment.

  • Hospital seeking nominations

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is again seeking to honor one of its nurses through its annual Patient Choice Award program. This award recognizes the level of quality care, comfort and compassion offered by nurses each day.

    Continuing the tradition of the last few years, the hospital is asking for input from the community, and one nurse chosen from the nominations will receive the Patient Choice Award at Alta Vista Regional Hospital during Nurses’ Week, May 6 through 12.

  • Tip led to four drug arrests

    It was a confidential informant who tipped off the Region IV Narcotics Task Force to an alleged drug operation involving former Highlands baseball players, including that the drugs were being shipped via the U.S. Postal Service.

    The informant told the task force that Derek Grieve, of the 1900 block of New Mexico Avenue, was dealing Ecstasy and high-grade marijuana.

    The informant claimed to have been at the residence with Grieve twice when the narcotics arrived by mail. On one occasion, the package contained suspected Ecstasy.

  • Refuge Work
  • New court to launch next month

    A new court aimed at helping high-risk drunk driving offenders is being developed in San Miguel County and hopes to accept its first participants by the end of May.

    “All 56 magistrate judges in New Mexico, including myself, see alcohol ruining individual’s lives and families every day,” Magistrate Judge Philip Romero said.

  • Two plead in high-profile DWI cases

    Two high-profile drunk driving cases were resolved in recent months with both defendants entering pleas.

    Ramon Montoya pleaded guilty to DWI, first offense. He was fired from his job with the Mora County Sheriff’s Department after he was found passed out in an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle on Interstate 25 in October 2010.