Local News

  • At odds over dog named Blue

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Blue the dog doesn’t have a home. And he apparently doesn’t want one. But the blue-eyed Australian cattle dog has $1,800 in savings, a Facebook page and an air-conditioned dog house.

    He also has a lawyer, who is working to get him an exemption from local leash laws so he can continue his free-wheeling lifestyle in southern New Mexico’s lakeside community of Elephant Butte, where he was abandoned as a puppy a decade ago.

  • NM offers free fishing on Sat.

    SANTA FE  — The Department of Game and Fish says anglers can enjoy a freebie in New Mexico on Saturday.

    No license or stamps will be required for New Mexicans and out-of-state residents to fish on public waters. However, other fishing rules and bag limits still apply.

    The free fishing is offered in celebration of National Fishing Day on Saturday.

    The department also will conduct free clinics across the state to provide instruction on fishing, such as how to tie knots, bait a hook and correctly release a fish.

  • In Brief - News - June 1, 2012

    The Associated Press

    Insurance rate hike approved
    SANTA FE — A proposed raise to monthly premiums for Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders in New Mexico has become official.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini approved the 6.9 percent increase Tuesday, which will take effect Friday.

    State officials say the change affects more than 30,000 people who are not part of group plans or employer-based programs and have purchased individual health care policies.

  • Gila fire largest in country

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A giant wildfire in the Gila National Forest that is already New Mexico’s largest ever has grown to nearly 300 square miles.

    Fire officials said Thursday that the erratic blaze grew overnight to more than 190,000 acres and is spreading in all directions, as officials in the western U.S. prepare for what will likely be a busy wildfire season.

  • City receives clean audit

    After two years of negative audit opinions, the city of Las Vegas has received a clean audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011, and city officials say they are on track to meet the deadline for the 2012 audit.

    The audit, which was conducted by the independent accounting firm of Moss-Adams LLP, became public this month. And while the overall picture it paints of the city’s finances is positive, it does reveal that city gas customers were overcharged, a mistake that the city plans to fix by providing refunds.

  • Honoring the Fallen
  • Area man facing 4th DUI charge

    A 50-year-old San Miguel County man was arrested and charged last week with driving drunk after his ex-girlfriend called police to report that he was intoxicated and driving recklessly in her yard.

    Leonard C. Esquibel, who according to court documents lives on County Road B47A, was arrested by state police last Wednesday and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. Magistrate Philip Romero set his bond at $5,000 cash.

  • Gloves remain on in Senate primary

    By Barry Massey
    and Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Four years ago, Heather Wilson gave up her House seat from New Mexico to make a run for a rare opening in the Senate. She lost in a bare-knuckled Republican primary. This year she has the luxury of sitting back as the Democratic successor to her House seat takes a similar gamble.
    The stakes are equally high.

  • In Brief - Local News - May 30, 2012

    Las Vegas Optic

    Gov commends locals for murals
    Gov. Susana Martinez and New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica Gonzalez have recognized Casa de Cultura, a Las Vegas cultural development organization, for its work on the recently completed mural project, “The People’s History of El Norte.”

    Also commended were Casa de Cultura’s mural director Rock Ulibarri and students from both Robertson and West Las Vegas High School, who painted the murals.

  • Looking Back - May 30, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, May 27 — Over 65 people attended the alumni dinner for the New Mexico Normal University class of 1912. One of the most brilliantly successful social affairs in the history of Normal. The eatables were delicious and the program of toasts was interesting, enthusiastic, instructive and humorous.