Local News

  • Weather - April 6, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33. West wind 10-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 66. North wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 37.


  • FYI - News - April 6, 2012

    Highlands University through its political science department is sponsoring question-and-answer sessions for the mayoral and council candidates running in the April 17 runoffs. The Ward 3 session will be at 5:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday. The mayoral session will be this coming Thursday. Both begin at 5:30 p.m. at Highlands’ Sininger Hall, room 100.

  • High court to decide candidacy

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to resolve a dispute over whether candidates, including Sen. Pete Campos, should remain on this year’s ballot despite missing information in their election paperwork.

    The court will hear arguments next Tuesday in several election challenges that seek to remove incumbent legislators and other candidates from the primary and general election ballots.

  • Jail Log - April 6, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March. 27 and April 3:

  • Murderer arrested in NM

    The Associated Press

    ALAMOGORDO — Alamogordo police say a convicted ax murderer has been arrested after he allegedly violated an order of protection by knocking on the door of the family home Feb. 21 where the murders occurred in 1989.

    The Alamogordo Daily News reports Albert Lueras was booked into the Otero County Detention Center on fourth-degree felony aggravated stalking and a misdemeanor violation of a restraining order. He was arraigned Monday on both charges in 12th Judicial District Court.

  • Montaño’s heifer wins grand champion title

    Submitted to the Optic

    Briana Montaño from O/X Ranch in Las Vegas brought home the Grand Champion title from the 2012 Houston Livestock Show. The Houston Livestock Show is the world’s largest livestock show that highlights world-class livestock. Montaño’s heifer brought the prestige title back home to the Meadow City.

    She has been showing registered Santa Gertrudis cattle since she was 7  and continues achieving success with her deep cherry red cattle.

  • Official: U.S. needs more young farmers, ranchers

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan sees an epidemic of sorts sweeping across America’s farmland. It has little to do with the usual challenges, like drought, rising fuel and feed prices or crop-eating pests.

    The country’s farmers and ranchers are getting older, and there are fewer people standing in line to take their place.

  • Anti-fracking law adopted

    Setting aside the grave concerns raised by its legal counsel and its insurer, the Las Vegas City Council voted 3-1 on Monday to approve a community bill of rights ordinance, becoming the first municipality in the state to do so.

    Moments after the vote, as jubilant backers of the controversial measure were celebrating, the  New Mexico Oil and Gas Association notified the city attorney that it would be filing suit over the matter.

  • Missing woman’s body found

    The skeletal remains of a woman reported missing in 2009 were discovered late last month on a ranch in the Wagon Mound area.

    State police Lt. Craig Martin said Monday that the remains were discovered on March 24 by either the landowner or a person leasing the property in the Wagon Mound area.

    The case has been turned over to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s criminal investigations division.

  • East activity funds being questioned

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ernesto Salazar continues to question the fiscal operations at the district pertaining to student activity accounts.

    The issue came to light several months ago when club advisors questioned account discrepancies presented by the district’s business manager Myrna Garcia during a board meeting.

    District officials have since said the student activity accounts have been reconciled, but that news did not sit well with Salazar.