Local News

  • City worker stabbed on job

    A city of Las Vegas employee was arrested after he allegedly attacked another employee with a knife outside City Hall during a break from safety training Thursday morning.

    City utlities employee Christopher Gallegos, 30, who lives on the 1600 block of South Pacific, has been charged with one count each of aggravated assault and aggravated battery, said Las Vegas police Chief Christian Montaño. Gallegos was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. Magistrate Philip Romero set his bond at $10,000.

  • East schools chief gets high marks

    Las Vegas City Schools Interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez received high marks for her work by the east side school board on Thursday afternoon.

    The board met for a special work session to discuss midyear budget review and to evaluate McNellis-Martinez, who has led the district for several months. The criteria for her evaluation was approved in September. The results of her evaluation were revealed after a four-hour executive session.

  • Championing Social Justice

    It’s been nearly 44 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, but the civil rights leader’s legacy lives on.

  • County won’t take on Harlan Road

    San Miguel County commissioners declined Tuesday to take on the main road through the Glenwood Estates subdivision as a county road.

    The commission voted in August to provide a one-time emergency repair of Harlan Road and to work with the city and the state Department of Transportation to try to find funding to upgrade the road and put it on the county road log.

  • Looking Back - News - Jan. 16, 2012

    In 1935

    Tuesday, Jan. 15 — A delegation from the Las Vegas Woman’s club took up the water fight before the regular meeting of the city council last night, demanding that the city take some action toward insuring a sufficient supply of water for the community in the ensuing season... After arguments for a municipal plant, litigation and competitive companies were heard, the council passed a resolution authorizing the city clerk to take up the matter of an increased water supply with the headquarters office of the Agua Pura Co., in New York City.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 16, 2012

    New art exhibit opens Tuesday

    Selected art works by Antonio Madera will be exhibited in the Ray Drew Gallery from Jan. 17 to Feb. 17. The gallery is located on the first floor of the New Mexico Highlands University Donnelly Library.

  • Weather - Jan. 16, 2012

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 46. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20.

    Sunny, with a high near 40. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 30.

    Sunny, with a high near 54.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 5:12 p.m.

  • A closer look at the mayoral candidates

    Jill Baskerville, 55. Visiting instructor of sociology at New Mexico Highlands University. Moved to Las Vegas 21 years ago. Married a local man — they’ve since divorced — and raised their daughter in Las Vegas. Master’s degree in sociology from Highlands.

  • Nine vying to be mayor

    The biggest surprise on city election filing day was that Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, who had previously said he would not seek re-election, filed the paperwork to run for a second term in office.

    That decision sets up what is sure to be an epic battle between Ortiz and City Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron, who also filed for mayor. The two city governing body members have clashed frequently during the last two years.

    Ortiz and Gurule-Giron are just two of the nine candidates who threw their hats into the ring for mayor on Tuesday.

  • Going Green

    By Martín Salazar
    and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic