Local News

  • Weather - Feb. 10, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast. A chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.


  • FYI - News - Feb. 10, 2012

    The Las Vegas Optic is sponsoring candidate forums for this year’s municipal election. The first forum, which will feature city council candidates, will be held this Monday. The second forum, featuring mayoral candidates, will be on Monday, Feb. 20. Both forums will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Memorial Middle School Auditorium.

  • Space flight liability bill grounded

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Members of the New Mexico House and Senate have likely shelved for this session an effort to exempt spacecraft manufacturers from legal liability in case space flight passengers are injured in future space flights from Spaceport America.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the House Business and Industry Committee voted 6-5 Tuesday to hold the bill. The sponsor, Rep. James White of Albuquerque, said the proposal is likely done for this session.

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  • Vegas man charged after leading police on high-speed chase

    A Las Vegas man was arrested an jailed Sunday after leading state police on a high-speed chase around the area.

    Eugene Archuleta, 29, who lives on Williams Drive, remained locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center as of Thursday in lieu of a $15,000 cash-only bond.

    He is charged with aggravated fleeing from law enforcement and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, both fourth-degree felonies, and with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, driving without a license and driving with an open container.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 10, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6:

  • House approves license repeal

    By Russell Contreras
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — House lawmakers voted Wednesday to repeal a state law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses setting up a showdown with the state Senate where a similar measure died last year.

  • N.M. Reps. OK $5.6B budget

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The House on Wednesday gave bipartisan support to a proposed budget that will spend $5.6 billion on public education and other government programs next year, and provide for higher take-home pay for educators and state workers.

    The measure heads to the Senate for consideration after clearing the House with the backing of all 70 Democrats and Republicans.

  • Cartels using rural counties

    From The Associated Press

    ESTANCIA — Officials say smaller, rural New Mexico counties are becoming staging areas for Mexican drug cartels because of their major interstate highways and back roads.

    KRQE-TV reports that New Mexico sheriffs recently heard about the increased cartel activities at a conference near the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • For Santorum, new challenges follow his big wins

    By Brian Bakst and Jack Gillum
    The Associated Press

    ALLEN, Texas — One day after Rick Santorum’s startling breakthrough in the presidential race, his few aides decamped to distant states to start building campaign organizations from scratch. It was evidence of his challenge in converting sudden momentum into victories in the rush of contests ahead.