Local News

  • Busy month for narcotics agents

    A 28-year-old Las Vegas woman is in hot water after authorities say she sold an undercover police officer $160 worth of crack cocaine in the Walmart parking lot earlier this month.

    Worse yet, the woman had her three young children in the backseat when she handled the drug sell, according to court documents. Now Kimberly G. Tapia, of the 700 block of Calle De Leon, is facing three third-degree felony counts of abandonment or abuse of a child on top of several drug charges.

    But Tapia isn’t alone.

  • A year of ‘fits and starts’ - Difficult second term for Obama

    By Julie Pace and Nancy Benac
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — It was a moment for Barack Obama to savor.

    His second inaugural address over, Obama paused as he strode from the podium last January, turning back for one last glance across the expanse of the National Mall, where a supportive throng stood in the winter chill to witness the launch of his new term.

    “I want to take a look, one more time,” Obama said quietly. “I’m not going to see this again.”

  • The frigid tradition continues

    Daredevils planning to take the plunge will run the gamut from the very young to septuagenarians. The New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge is expected to draw up to 200 participants and spectators, of all ages.

  • DWI crackdown planned for holiday

    The Associated Press
    Law enforcement agencies around New Mexico are planning to be out in full force, looking for suspected drunken drivers during the New Year’s holiday and beyond.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Holiday Superblitz continues through Jan. 5. Some local agencies have also planned enforcement actions through the end of January.

    As part of the Superblitz, state, local and tribal officers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols as well as looking for other traffic violations.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 30, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Dec. 31 — Wertz Sporting Goods donated the Sportsmanship Trophy to Coach Nick DiDomenico of the Robertson High School Cardinals following the conclusion of the annual Stu Clark Tournament, won by Taos Central Catholic School. Taos High School received second place and Mora High School was third, following a 58-37 victory over the West Las Vegas Dons. Representing the sporting goods company was Bill Wertz, the store’s owner.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 30, 2013

    Land Grant trustees to meet Saturday
     The Board of Trustees of the Tecolote Land Grant will meet at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Tecolote Community Center in Tecolote. Heirs are urged to attend. For more information, call Joe I. Herrera at 575-427-1141.

  • Weather - Dec. 30, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 47. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 22. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 4:57 p.m.

  • Many U.S. families losing jobless benefits

    By Amy Taxin and Christopher S. Rugaber
    The Associated Press

    The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

    Greg and Barbara Chastain of Huntington Beach, Calif., put their two teenagers on the school lunch program and cut back on dining out after losing their T-shirt company in June following a dispute with an investor.

  • Organizer succumbs to cancer

    Curtis John Sollohub, a retired New Mexico Highlands University professor who was instrumental in unionizing Highlands faculty and who in later years was battling the city over acequia rights, died Monday. He was 66.

    Sollohub died peacefully at home in his bed surrounded by those who loved him, his family said. He learned in May that he had Stage IV non-small- cell lung cancer.

    “We lost a heck of a good guy in the community,” said William Gonzales, who worked closely with Sollohub on acequia issues.

  • Senior profile - Philip and Geraldine Romero

    By Lupita Gonzales
    For the Optic

    We’ve all known the type — achiever, or even over-achiever. These tags might be attached to Philip Romero — a public figure whom most Las Vegans recognize — he’s been an undersheriff, a county sheriff, magistrate judge, and a Polar Bear (to be explained later).

    Asked “Why do you do all these things?” Romero replied, “No me da miedo! (I’m not afraid.) Somebody has to do it — take the lead! You have a mind — a conscience.”