Local News

  • Senate approves budget bill

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate on Monday night approved a $6.2 billion spending proposal for the next fiscal year, even as falling oil prices threaten revenues.

    Senators voted 38-3 on a budget bill largely unchanged from what the House of Representatives approved last month.

    “It’s the best we could do with what we have,” said Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee.

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  • Looking Back - March 18, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, March 17 — A number of valuable Santos have been stolen from churches in the Las Vegas area recently and State Police are seeking the thieves. The latest theft was between March 9 to 13 at the morada of Sacred Heart of Jesus at Tiptonville, near Watrous. Six Santos were taken from the morada. All are over 100 years old and are valued at not less than $1,000 each.

  • Looking ahead - News - March 18, 2015

    Fix-A-Leak Fair is Thursday at Rec Center
    The city of Las Vegas will be hosting a Fix-A-Leak Fair from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. this Thursday at the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center. Customers will learn how to identify water leaks at home and how to read their meters/water bills. They will gain knowledge of which plumbing fixtures save more water and better understand the conservation programs offered. The first 10 participating customers will receive a free gift bag.

  • Weather - March 18, 2015

    A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.


  • BREAKING: Commission postpones action on nominating replacement for Griego

    Concerns about being in violation of the state’s Open Meetings Act and about not having sufficient time to make a thoughtful decision have prompted the San Miguel County Commission to wait until Friday to nominate someone to fill the vacant Senate District 39 post.

    The county is now soliciting letters of interest from residents of Senate District 39 who want to fill the vacancy.

  • Vehicle crashes into bar

    A 31-year-old Los Montoyas woman was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center early Saturday morning after crashing her vehicle into the front of Trujillo’s Package Liquors/Lupe’s Lounge at 820 N. Grande Ave.

    Las Vegas police say Jessica Montoya was under the influence at the time of the crash. She is facing charges of driving while intoxicated, criminal damage to property, driving on a suspended or revoked license and having no registration.

  • Senator quits amid ethics probe

    By The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    SANTA FE — Longtime Sen. Phil Griego resigned from the New Mexico Senate on Saturday amid a growing controversy involving his role in the sale of a state-owned building.

  • Wagon Mound to hire chief this week

    Several familiar names are in the running to be the next superintendent of Wagon Mound Public Schools.

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, former Las Vegas City Schools superintendent, and current West Las Vegas High School principal John Bustos are finalists. Also on the list is former Wagon Mound School employee Casey Benavidez and current Wagon Mound elementary employee Nicaea Chavez.

    The board is expected to take action at its regular board meeting Wednesday on the replacement for Albert Martinez, who is retiring.

  • 3 HU regent nominees confirmed

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico State Senate voted Friday to confirm two Highlands University alumnae and a student to serve as new members on the university’s Board of Regents.

    LouElla Marr-Montoya of Las Vegas and Sandra Turner of Clovis were named to serve six-year terms that end Dec. 31, 2020. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martínez nominated both women for appointment to the Board of Regents.