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  • Council to consider new schedule

    The City Council will take up its annual open meetings resolution this Wednesday, and among the changes being considered is pushing the council’s work sessions from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

    Among the other items on the agenda is a contract for City Attorney Dave Romero. At last week’s Council work session, the governing body went behind closed doors to discuss Romero’s contract.

    No formal action will be taken on the contract or the open meetings resolution until this week’s regular Council meeting.

  • States confirm drilling pollution

    By Kevin Begos
    The Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH — In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.

  • 1st flu death of season reported in New Mexico

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed the state’s first flu death this season.

    The death reported was a 76 year-old woman from Santa Fe County. Her name wasn’t immediately released Thursday.

    Health officials say predominant circulating flu strain in New Mexico and the United States is influenza H1N1.

    The strain was first identified in 2009 and may cause severe illness even in healthy young adults.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 13, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, Jan. 14 — City Council, at its regular January meeting last night bought Suburban Gas Company and agreed to a bypass proposal made by the State Highway Department and containing several stipulations made by the city. The council also passed a gas bond ordinance which will be published in the future.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 13, 2014

    Information meeting on adoption is Wednesday

    The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday at the local CYFD office, 2518 Ridge Runner Road, to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. There are currently 33 children in foster care in San Miguel County.

  • Weather - Jan. 13, 2014

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 47. West wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23. Northwest wind around 15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 53. Clear at night, with a low around 27.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 48.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 5:09 p.m.

  • Witness: Shots not justified

    A woman who says she witnessed the end of Saturday night’s police pursuit on Interstate 25 contends that the wrong-way driver did nothing to provoke being shot.

    Helen Vargas, of Romeroville, told the Optic that she and her husband heard the commotion on the interstate and went to see what was happening.

    State police have said in news releases and in court documents that the wrong-way driver, 72-year-old Albert Urban of Hamburg, N.Y., was shot after he “drove aggressively towards one of the officers.”

  • Ex-councilor to challenge Trujillo

    Municipal Judge Eddie A. Trujillo has drawn two opponents for the March 4 municipal election, including Diane Moore, who previously served on the council for two terms

    Also filing for the judge post is Luna Community College employee Eric Cummings, who has previously run unsuccessfully for a seat on the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education and for the a local state House of Representatives seat.

  • Best Historic Day Trip - Vegas to be featured in TV show

    Normally when one sees Las Vegas on television it is the background of A&E’s Longmire series or in a movie that was filmed here, such as Red Dawn. But on Saturday, Las Vegas will be featured on television for another reason.

    The Meadow City was designated as the Best Historic Day Trip in New Mexico for 2013. The segment airs at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on KOB channel 4.

    The segment was broadcast nationally on the Discovery Channel in late December.

  • Aragon announces run for judgeship

    Longtime attorney Anna M. Aragon announced Wednesday that she will be running for a judgeship in the 4th Judicial District, which encompasses San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties.

    Aragon, a Democrat, will be seeking the Division 1 position, which is currently held by Gerald Baca. Baca was appointed to the post by Gov. Susana Martinez after longtime Judge Eugenio Mathis resigned.

    Baca said back in April that he would be running to retain the seat.

    The primary is in June with the General Election in November.