Local News

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 16, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Multiple people shot at lodge
    ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque police are investigating a shooting at a community lodge that has left several people wounded.
    Police spokesman Fred Duran says the shooting took place early Sunday morning at the Navajo Elks Lodge in the southeastern area of the city.
    Duran did not say how many people were hurt but that all victims are in stable condition at various hospitals.
    No suspect is in custody.
    Detectives are still investigating the incident.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 16, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1965 — A former Las Vegan, Paul T. Nolan, is the author of the lead article in the January New Mexico Magazine. Titled “Captain Jack Rides Again,” it is the story of Capt. Jack  Crawford, an Indian scout after the Civil War, who toured with Buffalo Bill Cody in melodrama of the western frontier. Nolan is now on the faculty of the University of Southwestern Louisiana. According to Nolan, Capt. Jack was the first New Mexican to copyright plays, the first being dated 1888 in the file of the Library of Congress.

  • Weather - Feb. 15, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming northwest in the afternoon. A 50 percent chance of snow showers at night, mainly after 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Northeast wind 15-20 mph, becoming southeast 5-10 mph after midnight.


  • FYI - News - Feb. 15, 2015

    The Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities over the Presidents Day weekend Feb. 14-16, 2015. Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies. For more information, call the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District at 505-757-6121 or 425-3535. 

  • ‘Derelict in our duties’

    The San Miguel County Commission gave the green light Tuesday for staff to apply to the New Mexico Finance Authority for a $746,000 loan to buy several new vehicles and equipment.

    But one commissioner voted against the measure, saying the county appears to be putting the cart before the horse because a proper needs assessment doesn’t appear to have been done.

    The county is planning to buy three 4x4 pickups, two transport vans, two law enforcement vehicles, two semi-chassis units, one solid waste packer truck and one steel drum roller.

  • One, two, three . . . - Students to perform dance show

    Counting one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight was fun on Wednesday for students at Sierra Vista Elementary.

    Two classes of fourth grade students at the Las Vegas City Schools site were full of smiles and energy Wednesday as they prepared for an upcoming show. Leroy Conway and Leroy Barela’s students were bursting with energy and dance moves during the rehearsal, in preparation for the big show scheduled for today (Friday).

  • City loses portion of YCC grant

    The city of Las Vegas lost more than half of a $120,000 grant it received from the state Youth Conservation Corps to pay for work on the Riverwalk.

    The matter came up during Wednesday’s City Council meeting after Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron raised questions about a budget adjustment that was being requested.

    “We captured a portion of the YCC grant, but not all of it,” City Manager Elmer Martinez said.

    “How much of the YCC grant did we lose?” Gurule-Giron asked.

  • ‘Megadroughts’ predicted for West

    By Seth Borenstein
    AP Science Writer

    SAN JOSE, California — As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse “megadroughts” are coming — and they’re bound to last for decades.

    “Unprecedented drought conditions” — the worst in more than 1,000 years — are likely to come to the Southwest and Central Plains after 2050 and stick around because of global warming, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances on Thursday.

  • House OKs bill to end social promotion

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico House of Representatives has voted to approve legislation that would end the social promotion of third-graders who are not proficient readers.

    After three hours of debate Wednesday night, the bill passed 38-30 with one Democrat siding with Republicans in the majority. The legislation now moves to the Senate.

    The measure by Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood, of Albuquerque, calls for retaining third-graders who are not reading proficiently and giving them intensive remediation.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 13, 2015

    By Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    Parson contract on agenda

    West Las Vegas School District superintendent Gene Parson may just get another contract extension by the current board after all. Starting at 3:30 p.m. on Monday at the district’s boardroom, the board will met in executive session for “superintendent evaluation and contract extension.”

    For the past two board meetings, the board has gone behind closed doors for Parson’s evaluation.