Local News

  • Saturday mail delivery may be axed

    By Pauline Jelinek
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Saturday mail may soon go the way of the Pony Express and penny postcards. The Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages to stem its financial losses in a world radically re-ordered by the Internet.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 8, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 8, 2013

    Sustainable Homes Tour is this Saturday

    The fifth annual Sustainable Homes Tour in Las Vegas will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday. The tour begins at the Arts Council building at 140 Bridge St. For further information, contact Emelie Olson at 454-3920 or eolson@desertgate.com.

  • Weather - Feb. 8, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a south wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 27. Breezy, with a south wind 15-25 mph.

    A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Windy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Breezy.

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  • Minimum wage hike gets OK

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A House panel has approved a proposal for increasing New Mexico’s minimum wage for inflation each year.

    The measure cleared the Labor and Human Resources Committee on a party-line 5-4 vote on Tuesday.

    Republicans opposed the proposal and Democrats supported it.

    The state’s $7.50 an hour minimum wage has been in effect since 2009.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 8, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 29 and Feb. 5:
    Gary Keoster, 43, mental health hold
    Vincent Sandoval, 22, bench warrant: Driving on a suspended or revoked license
    Gabriel Branchal, 33,  probation violation — absconding
    Jeffrey Sanchez, 23, conspiracy
    Marvin Martinez, 26, aggravated assault
    Fred Pino, 45, probation violation — positive UA (THC)
    Paul Valdez, 19, probation violation — positive UA (Spice)

  • Governors head GOP minority recruiting

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican leaders are launching an effort led by Hispanic governors in New Mexico and Nevada in an attempt to make up ground with Latino voters who have largely turned away from the GOP.

    The nation’s only Hispanic governors plan to recruit minority candidates and groom them for state-level offices with an eye toward creating a pool of candidates for higher positions in the future, the Republican State Leadership Committee said in a statement.

  • Annual sustainable homes tour scheduled for Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The self-guided Sustainable Homes Tour will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Las Vegas Arts Council building at 140 Bridge St., where maps of the featured sites can be obtained.

    Each of the featured buildings can be viewed in any order and experts will be on hand to explain key features.

    Sustainable Las Vegas, the sponsor of this event, announces a long-awaited break-through for potential solar electricity customers in Las Vegas: commercial financing of photovoltaic systems.

  • A Salazar TRIUMPH

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Incumbent Ernesto Salazar and political newcomer Luis Ortiz pulled off victories in Tuesday’s Las Vegas City Schools Board races, marking a potential power shift on the district’s governing body.

    Salazar, 42, trounced opponent Sean Medrano, taking 61 percent of the vote to Medrano’s 39 percent in the hard-fought battle for the Position 1 race. Salazar won a four-year term.