Local News

  • Music Extravaganza

    A tradition is about to be born in Las Vegas. On Saturday, area bands will strut their stuff at several different venues for the Meadow City Music Festival.

    The festival is being organized by Cindy Collins, the executive director of MainStreet de Las Vegas, and several organizations.

    “Las Vegas is so fortunate to have such a diversity of great musicians,” Collins said.

  • Rural post offices won’t close

    Rural post offices around the country targeted for closure, including two area post offices, got a reprieve on Wednesday, with the U.S. Postal Service announcing that it is backing away from its plan.

    To save money, the cash-strapped Postal Service instead plans shorter hours for those post offices.

    The announcement is drawing praise both nationally and locally from those who fought to keep their post offices.

  • Civil rights leader to address grads

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A prominent leader in America’s civil rights movement will be this year’s commencement speaker at Highlands University’s main campus ceremony this Saturday.

    Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles became one of the key strategists for the civil rights movement in the early ‘60s, working alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. Kyles was at King’s side when King was assassinated.

  • Salman Ranch continues rich tradition

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mike Salman’s family has been growing plants and trees in La Cueva for more than 60 years. So it’s not surprising that Salman, general manager of the Salman Ranch and Nursery, uses methods developed by previous generations while weaving in tricks he’s discovered on his own.

    One of the tricks he discovered is recycling composted raspberry branches back into the soil. “It adds nutrients and keeps the gophers and deer away,” he says. “I also use rocks to help keep the soil around the trees moist.”

  • Looking Back - May 11, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, May 13 — April was the fourth coldest month ever recorded in the history of New Mexico, averaging 1.3 degrees  colder than the lowest previous record, that of April 1908. Except for the last two or three days, the month was cold throughout.

  • Watershed Olympics to be held Saturday

    Gallinas Watershed Olympics, a family event, will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. this Saturday at the United World College USA campus in Montezuma. Kite making and flying, fly casting demonstrations, watershed models, live music, sports, games, music and more will be part of the day’s activities. For more information, call Monica at 575-387-6488 or Lea at 425-5514.

  • Weather - May 11, 2012

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming east 5-10 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Cloudy, with a low around 45. East wind 5-10 mph.

     A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.


  • Obama supports gay marriage

    By Julie Pace
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — On the fence no longer, President Barack Obama declared his unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, a historic announcement that gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the 2012 race for the White House.

    The announcement was the first by a sitting president, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney swiftly disagreed with it. “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said while campaigning in Oklahoma.

  • Jail Log - May 11, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 30 and May 8:

    Gilbert Garcia, 47, battery, illegal confinement of animals, warrant
    Marcus Vaughn, 29, bench warrant
    Jose Carenas, 27, out of state felony warrant
    Juan Gutierrez, 26, possession of drug paraphernalia, felon in possession of fire arm
    Jeffrey Fernandez, 18, drinking in public, public nuisance, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer
    Miguel Tarango, 52, bench warrant
    George Hentsch, 38, failure to appear

  • East considering 4-day week

    Las Vegas City Schools students might be attending classes next year for four days a week instead of the current five under a new proposal by Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez.