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Local News

  • In Brief

    Gila Cliff Dwellings reopen

    SILVER CITY — The Gila Cliff Dwellings has reopened to the public.
    The park announced Wednesday that it was reopening after workers finished repairs to the West Fork Bridge, which was damaged in a flood. The reopening, which was originally planned for December, was delayed because of inclement weather conditions.

  • Plan offered in redistricting

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Two Republican incumbents are lumped together in the same southeastern New Mexico district under a new bipartisan plan for revamping the boundaries of state Senate districts.
    Gov. Susana Martinez and other Republicans along with groups of Democrats and Native Americans outlined the plan Wednesday to a state district court judge, who will decide how to realign districts for population changes during the past decade.

  • Fort Union Monument to waive entrance fees

    Submitted to the Optic

  • BREAKING: Candidates file for city election

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is seeking re-election as mayor afterall. Ortiz filed his declaration of candidacy late Tuesday afternoon. He had previously told the Optic he wasn't planning to seek a second term.

  • Grades in for area schools

    The state Public Education Department has released its first letter grades for schools throughout New Mexico, and those grades don’t paint a very flattering picture of most of the schools in Las Vegas.

    No schools in Las Vegas got an A. Only three got B’s. Eight got C’s, four got Ds and three got F’s.

    The only area school to receive an A was Mora High.

    This is the first time the state issues letter grades to schools.

  • Making Music

    The Mora Schools music program started the new year with a $2,500 donation

    The area school district received the check from the Kanter-Kallman Foundation, Inc. in New York. The district plans to use the money to fix broken musical instruments used for the mariachi program.

    Mora Superintendent Thomas Garcia said someone at the foundation has roots to the Mora area, though he declined to disclose the name of the individual.

  • Truce called in chamber dispute

    City Manager Timothy Dodge has negotiated a truce of sorts between the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and members of a local group whose efforts to secure a $40,000 state grant to market the community were thwarted by the chamber.

  • Two arrested on DWI charges

    State police arrested two men in recent weeks and charged them with being repeat drunk driving offenders.

    The most recent case involves Jerry B. Rudolph, 43, whose address is listed as Rudolph Drive.

    Rudolph was arrested last Wednesday on on single count of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, fifth offense.

  • Looking Back - News - Jan. 11, 2012

    In 1935

    Monday, Jan. 7 — If anybody wants to buy a town, San Jose in San Miguel County is likely to be put up for sale, State Land Commissioner Frank Vesely said today. Vesely was informed today by Mrs. Antoinette Funk, assistant commissioner of the general land office in Washington, that the entire town of several hundred population, with the exception of the cemetery, is on state land and all state land is subject to sale. San Jose is on the main highway between Santa Fe and Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 11, 2012

    VFW meeting is Thursday

    VFW Post 1547 will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Post home on Mills Avenue. All members are welcome.