Local News

  • Lawmakers fail to clarify abuse law

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state’s embattled child welfare agency said Friday it’s concerned about the Legislature’s failure to clarify a law requiring the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect to authorities.

    Without a “crystal clear” law, New Mexico’s children are being put at risk, said Henry Varela, a spokesman for the state Children, Youth and Families Department.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 24, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • School shooting victim returns home

    The Associated Press
    ROSWELL — A 12-year-old boy who was seriously injured in a shooting at a Roswell school last month has returned home.
    The Roswell Daily Record reports that hundreds of people lined the city’s streets, cheered and held up signs Friday in support of Nathaniel Tavarez.
    The boy suffered wounds to his head and stomach in the Jan. 14 shooting at Berrendo Middle School.
    A seventh-grader is accused of taking a shotgun to school and opening fireon Tavarez and a 13-year-old girl.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 24, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, Feb. 21 - Dr. Joseph Liggit, director of testing and guidance at Highlands University, stressed the need for adult education in Las Vegas at the meeting of the Las Vegas Education Association at Robertson High School Library Wednesday. According to figures released by the United States Office of Education in Washington, D.C., there is a national average of 31 percent of students who do not finish high school and who drop out between the ninth and 12th grades.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 24, 2014

    Landlord meetings this week
    A series of orientation sessions for current landlords of San Miguel County’s Section 8 housing program is scheduled for this week. All sessions will take place at the Commission Chambers, Suite 200, in the County Courthouse. Two sessions, scheduled for Tuesday, take place from 10 to 11:30 and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday’s sessions will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sessions are also scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. For information, call Lawrence Sandoval at (575) 312-2158.

  • Weather - Feb. 24, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28. West wind 5-15 mph becoming north after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:37 a.m. to 5:52 p.m.

  • Mustard Seed grant proposals sought

    Submitted to the Optic
    The First United Presbyterian Church (USA) of Las Vegas announced its sixteenth offering of Mustard Seed Grants recently. The grant was created in 1999 as a community outreach program to help fund special projects of various groups.  The programs or projects submitted must be new, innovative, goal-directed ideas that are consistent with the church mission statement, and needing seed money or one-time funding.

  • BREAKING: East board severing ties with superintendent

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez has been placed on paid administrative leave for the remainder of her contract, and in a near unanimous vote, the school board decided Thursday evening to continue with Lydia Flores as interim superintendent.

    Mcnellis-Martinez has been on leave from the district since mid-January.

    At the Thursday evening school board meeting, board President Gloria Lovato Pacheco announced that McNellis-Martinez had declined to pursue a contract with the district.

  • $10M allocated for city dam

    In the waning hours of the session, state lawmakers signed off on a capital outlay package that appropriates $10 million for the Bradner Dam project.

    It’s not the $16 million that the city and others in the community had been pushing hard for, but city officials were nevertheless grateful for the money.

    “We’re thankful for any state and or federal dollar that we can use to offset rate increases,” said city Utilities Director Ken Garcia.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said he was elated with the funding.

  • Raising money for the hungry - Empty Bowls event is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Each year the Las Vegas Soup Kitchen and Samaritan House’s Casa de Samaritan Shelter provide thousands of meals to hungry families in the area. By serving hot meals and providing opportunities for social interaction and resource referral, these two agencies help people make ends meet and ensure that fewer people go hungry.