Local News

  • A preview of the session

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Their priorities aren’t much different — lift New Mexico from the bottom of the nation’s education rankings, keep the state’s children safe and find a way to boost economic development and job creation.

    The best route for accomplishing those goals is what Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the state Legislature will be hashing out when the 60-day session begins Tuesday.

  • Suspect sought in robbery

    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas police are looking for a man who shoved a woman as she was walking out of Wal-Mart last Sunday, and ran away with her purse.

    The robbery occurred at about 11:10 p.m. on Jan. 11. A report on the incident released on Friday identifies the victim as a Mary Lucero of Las Vegas, but it does not list her age.

    Lucero told police that as she was walking out of the store, a man shoved her and grabbed her purse. Paramedics were called to evaluate Lucero, who was shaken up and emotional.

  • Candidate forums set for this week

    In just a few weeks, voters will head to the polls to cast their vote in either the West Las Vegas School board or the Las Vegas City Schools board elections.

    In an effort to provide voters an opportunity to talk about the issues with the candidates, the local chapter of American Association of University Women and the Las Vegas Optic have joined forces for two candidate forums this week.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 19

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Jan. 20 — The Wagon Mound Saints blasted the Watrous Larks 105-47 in a basketball game played last Sunday in the Wagon Mound Gym. Wagon Mound had a torrid third quarter when the team scored 45 points to put the game completely out of reach for the hapless Larks. Playing for the Saints this year are Erminio Cruz, Frank Medina, Carlos Lopez, Leroy LeDoux, Bernie Montoya, Lenny Chavez, Leo Madrid, Jackie Martinez, Connie Duran, Johnny Juarros and Sam Clouthier.

  • Looking ahead - News - Jan. 19, 2015

    Children’s Chorus meeting on Wednesdays
    Las Vegas Children’s Chorus, sponsored and led by UWC-USA students, meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday starting this week at the Old Town Mission Church. No experience necessary; ages 6 to 12, It  is fun, free and educational. For more information, call Kevin Zoernig at 505-699-6624.

  • Weather - Jan. 19, 2015

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming south after midnight.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:08 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

  • Obama’s address to pitch tax proposals

    By Julie Pace
    AP White House Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

  • Small town battle
  • Broad support for Martinez - Vote on city manager unanimous

    It’s official. By a vote of 3-to-0, the City Council on Tuesday confirmed Elmer Martinez as city manager and approved a contract for him that runs through the end of the year.

    The contract calls for Martinez, 58, to receive an annual salary of $89,664, which is about $20,000 less than the city was paying former city manager Timothy Dodge.

    Martinez, who has worked at the city for about 18 years, received a standing ovation following the vote. He has served as acting city manager since June.

  • Seven file for Luna board

    Seven people filed paperwork Wednesday to run for three seats on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    The Las Vegas-based District 2 race pits incumbent Tony A. Valdez against challengers Richard Jaramillo and Michael Angelo Adams. All three reside in Las Vegas.

    Valdez, who worked in law enforcement for nearly two decades, has served on the Luna board for about 7-1/2 years.