Local News

  • Landowners workshop set

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, the Prizlaff Ranch will host a workshop for private landowners. There will be federal, state, and non-governmental agencies attending the workshop to provide information on conservation easements tax incentives, riparian land management, restoration projects, private landowner’s rights, sustainable thinning of trees and many more conservation programs.

  • Budget woes affecting cases

    The Associated Press

    A budget crisis is preventing contract public defenders from being provided for indigent defendants who aren’t jailed, an official said.

    Chief Public Defender Jorge Alvarado recently sent a letter to chief judges statewide explaining the impact of the crisis on his office, the Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday.

  • Riley a noted archeologist - Local scholar gets lifetime award

    For 65 years Las Vegas resident Carroll L. Riley worked as a noted anthropologist, author and an expert in archeology of the southwest.

    On Friday, Riley, 92, received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 43rd annual Heritage Preservation Awards ceremony, for his service in the field of archeology. The ceremony was held at the Scottish Rite Center in Santa Fe and is sponsored by the state Cultural Properties Review Committee.

  • Unorthodox career path for finalist

    Two years after stepping away from his job as a college administrator to pursue an opportunity with a private company, Lucas Lamadrid says he’s ready to return to university life.

    “I think the time is right for me and my family right now,” he said at a recent community forum.

  • Low salaries keeping teachers away

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A state legislative report says New Mexico is having trouble retaining teachers and recommends additional pay for certain teaching positions.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Legislative Finance Committee found that only about half of the 871 new teachers who entered the state’s public school system in 2008 were still teaching five years later.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 13, 2015

    Fly fishing in the Gallinas River
    A Fly Fishing in the Gallinas River class will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 at Gallinas Canyon. Cost is $10 and will be taught by Aaron Juarros. To register or for exact location and directions, call Lea at 425-5514.

  • Weather - May 13, 2015

    Showers and thunderstorms. High near 64. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42. West wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.


  • Citywide cleanup planned

    It’s time for spring cleaning.

    We’ve all seen the fast food containers, plastic bags and assorted other trash blowing around town.

    City of Las Vegas officials are hoping that most of that litter will be picked up during a two-day Don’t Trash Your Trails Community Clean-Up slated to kick off on Friday morning.

    And they’re asking for the public’s help to make this year’s event a success.

  • Reaching a milestone
  • Lawmakers wrangle over special session

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Senate Democrats are touting a proposal for funding roads and public works projects around the state, saying they’re ready to answer the call of business leaders and mayors for a special legislative session.

    But House Republicans said Friday they have yet to see any of the details and no agreement has been reached between the two chambers, leaving speculation to swirl about whether a special session will be called next week.