Local News

  • 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.

  • Jury in Mathews trial fails to reach verdict

    A two-day jury trial for the area businessman accused of striking his business rival in the head with a two-by-four ended Friday with no verdict.

    Jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to convict or acquit Oren Mathews of aggravated battery, the third-degree felony he is charged with. The jury could have opted to convict on a lesser charge of misdemeanor battery but failed to reach a consensus.

    It’s now up to District Attorney Richard Flores to decide whether to retry or drop the case against Mathews, 48.

  • Center is ‘A gift to the community’

    Fifteen years later, the project has been completed. A large crowd gathered at the Old Town Mission on Monday afternoon to celebrate the completed renovation of the historic building now used by the Rio Gallinas School.

    Constructed in the 1870s, the landmark has wood floors and its walls were constructed with roughly 15,000 adobe bricks. The mission got a complete renovation with most of the work done by volunteers, along with the help of United World College-USA students.

  • In Brief - Local - Feb. 6, 2013

    Police probe
    armed robbery

    Las Vegas police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Payless Shoe Source last week.
    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said two to three males went into the store, located on Mills Avenue, between 5 and 6 p.m. on Thursday and demanded money. The men brandished what appeared to be a firearm.
    The robbers got away with a small amount of cash, Montaño said. No one was injured.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 6, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Feb. 6 — Las Vegas has been asked to have representatives at a meeting to Santa Fe on Feb. 14 to encourage immediate legislation against the bypassing of communities by the major highways in the state. Las Vegas and numerous other communities throughout the state have been concerned over the proposed bypassing of their town. Santa Rosa is attempting to get all of the concerned communities together with their State Senators to come up with the best solution to the bypass threat.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 6, 2013

    Today is 17th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day
    Kiwanis annual panckake fundraiser is being held today from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hillcrest Restaurant Flamingo Room. Tickets are $8 per adult and $5 per kid 10 and younger. Proceeds are used to support local youth programs.