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  • Social Security benefits to go up

    By Stephen Ohlemacher
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Social Security benefits will go up by 3.6 percent next year, the first increase since 2009 for the one in five Americans who rely on government retirement and disability programs.

    The higher benefits will provide relief to more than 60 million people, many who have seen their retirement accounts dwindle, home values drop and out-of-pocket medical costs rise in the years since their last raise.

  • Business rival feud escalates

    The owner of Rocky Road Gravel contends that a business rival attacked him over a city job, striking him in the face with a two-by-four earlier this month.

    Not so, says Miguel Melendez, owner of Sangre de Cristo Gravel, who contends that it was Oren Mathews who was the aggressor. Melendez contends that Mathews threatened to kill him and that Mathews hit him in the head with a two-by-four several times.

  • Wells crucial to city water system

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic continues its series on the city’s water problems. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    The year was 1981, and a lack of precipitation over the previous year was forcing PNM to pump four of its wells at Taylor Well Field for about half of the roughly two million gallons of water a day Las Vegas was using at the time.

  • Mom who fled facing new charges

    The bitter custody dispute between a Serafina woman and the father of her two children has taken another turn.

    Rebecca Montoya, who is awaiting trial on two counts of custodial interference, now stands accused of aggravated stalking and four counts of filing a false report.

  • Pink day
  • County praised for moratorium

    San Miguel County Commissioners were thanked Tuesday for appointing a task force to develop an oil and gas ordinance for the county and for enacting and extending a temporary moratorium on oil and gas development.

    The thank you came in the form of a letter signed by more than 100 San Miguel County residents and presented to commissioners during last week’s meeting by Brad Turk, who lives on Las Dispensas Road.

  • Contract for city street work led to dispute

    The Oct. 6 altercation between Oren Mathews and Miguel Melendez followed a roller coaster procurement process for materials for the city’s Cutler repaving project, which is nearly complete.

    At least two dozen city streets were targeted for work, and the city issued a call for bids for material for the project in August.

    Mathews’ Rocky Road Gravel was the low bidder on the project, and city staff during a special meeting in September recommended that the contract be awarded to that company.

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 19, 2011

    City Council meeting today

    The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today, Oct. 19, at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave. 

  • Weather - Oct. 19, 2011

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 36. North wind 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind 5-15 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 37.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 72.Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 68. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37.

  • FYI - News

    City of Las Vegas utility customers can pay their bills at City Hall. The payment center at City Hall, 1700 North Grand, has re-opened and will be accepting payments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, but will be closed during the lunch hour. The payment center is for payments only. Payments can still be made. at the Utility Department on 12th Street from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including through the lunch hour.