Local News

  • Baseline water testing done for San Miguel County

    Submitted to the Optic

    San Miguel County recently became the second county in the US to perform proactive baseline water testing in defense against oil and natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

    Mora County was the first county to complete such testing in 2010.  These tests included sampling for 14 water wells, which included private wells and mutual domestic water consumers associations in the Las Vegas Basin, Mora County.

  • State moves ahead with teacher eval system

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans to move forward with implementation of its teacher evaluation system despite opposition from some teachers and Democratic lawmakers.

    Two state senators had asked Public Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera for more time to acclimate to the new rating system. But the administration signaled this week it will not budge, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Saturday.

  • Vegas mourns beloved coach

    By Mercy López and Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Those who knew Mary Bustos say there was just something about her that left a good feeling in the hearts of those she met.

  • Operation Christmas Child - Delivering shoeboxes of hope

    As the holidays approach, several area residents are working to make the season brighter for children around the world. Starting on Monday volunteers are hoping to collect shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement to send as part of Operation Christmas Child.

    “Through this project, anyone can be a part of giving love and hope in a shoebox,” said Linda Alaniz, coordinator for Operation Christmas Child in Las Vegas.

  • Mora sued over ordinance

    Less than two weeks ago, Mora County Commission Chairman John Olivas stood before a crowd at Ilfeld Auditorium saying that there had been grumbling that his county would be sued if it moved forward with its plans to adopt a community rights ordinance banning oil and gas operations.

    “Six months later, we’re still waiting,” Olivas said, chalking the threats up to propaganda.
    Olivas no longer has to wait.

  • Amtrak seeking money from state

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Amtrak is asking New Mexico and two other states to chip in a total of $40 million over 10 years to preserve rail service to several communities, including Las Vegas.

    New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas communities face the potential loss of passenger rail service if Amtrak fails to reach a new agreement by 2016 for maintaining and upgrading portions of the Southwest Chief route through those states, the rail operator said Tuesday.

  • SM Commission extending drilling moratorium

    Realizing that it isn’t going to be able to meet its self imposed December deadline to adopt an oil and gas drilling ordinance, the San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to extend its drilling moratorium by six more months.

    An ordinance extending the moratorium will be officially adopted during the Commission’s Dec. 10 meeting, after a public hearing is held. But the commission approved a measure that extends the moratorium immediately on an emergency basis.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 15, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Whooping cough booster urged

    Health officials are urging parents to have their children re-immunized against whooping cough after an ongoing outbreak at an Albuquerque high school sickened 30 people.
    State officials will be at La Cueva High School Wednesday evening to meet with parents and provide boosters shots that prevent infection.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 15, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 6 and Nov. 12:
    Katalina Leyba, 24, probation violation: positive UA
    Zenida Trujillo, 29, possession with intent to traffic controlled substance heroin, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Dale Benavidez, 35, distribution of methamphetamine, trafficking controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession delivery or manufacture of drug paraphernalia.
    Jerry Martinez, 44, mental health hold

  • Looking Back - Nov. 15, 2013

    In 1963

    Monday, Nov. 11 — Dr. Ralph D. McWilliams, head of the Highlands University Modern Foreign Languages Department, has been appointed to the post of foreign student adviser by University President Thomas C. Donnelly. The post was formed to serve the needs of the 37 students from the different countries that are enrolled on campus. This fall, the areas represented are Ghana, Canada, India, West Germany, England, Uruguay, Japan, China, Taiwan and Formosa.