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Local News

  • FYI - News

    New Mexico’s two fastest-growing cities flank the state’s largest city of Albuquerque. U.S. Census figures show Rio Rancho grew by more than 69 percent between 2000 and 2010, while Los Lunas grew by nearly 48 percent. Rio Rancho also outstripped Santa Fe for the title of New Mexico's third largest city, with a population of 87,000. Santa Fe fell to fourth place with about 68,000 residents.

  • East district on ‘at risk’ list

    The state Auditor’s Office has placed  the Las Vegas City Schools on its list of “at risk” government agencies and is warning that the district’s finances could be in jeopardy because it is two years behind on its audits.

  • Senior Profile - Henri and Harue Vander Kolk

    Shake, rattle and roll? With the punches, that is! For Henri and Harue Vander Kolk, a couple transplanted from Holland, Japan and New York to Las Vegas, survival reflects various aspects of their lives, past and present.

    The Vander Kolks bring a wealth of information and anecdotes from their respective backgrounds, but they have become “one of us.”

  • Pedestrian struck, killed Wednesday

    A man who witnesses say ran out into traffic on Seventh Street near Dalbey Drive was struck and killed by a sports utility vehicle at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

    Leroy Vigil, 45, died at the scene, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    The driver of the sports utility vehicle, 20-year-old Kimberly Mares, was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital by ambulance. She was treated and released.

  • State targets Mora school officials

    Two high ranking Mora school district administrators could lose their education licenses for allegedly diverting school money into a discretionary account used to pay for leather jackets and other frills for state lawmakers and others.

    The state Public Education Department issued notices of contemplated action to Chief Operations Officer Roger Gonzales last month and to Business Manager Agnes Padilla last week. The notices inform Gonzales and Padilla that PED plans to take adverse action against their licenses, up to revoking them.

  • Optic Shadow

    Editor’s note: The Optic, as it has done in the past, took in a “job shadow” this school year. The annual program is under the supervision of Karlas Ulibarri-Boyle and April Ortiz. Brandy Lucero, a student at Memorial Middle School, spent Thursday mornings for about two months learning how the newspaper functions by carrying out her assignment: Interview Optic employees and write a story about how the Optic is produced, and a personal column about what she learned. The following is a result of her work.

  • Refuge road work underway

    Submitted to the Optic

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with San Miguel County and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, are working together to rehabilitate a 1.3 mille stretch of County Road 22C and three wildlife viewing parking lots.

  • Fire burning near Gallinas

    Crews on Thursday were battling a 95-acre blaze burning west of Gallinas near Evergreen Valley.

    The Middleton fire was 38 percent contained as of Thursday morning. Santa Fe National Forest officials believe it was started by a downed power line.

    “This is an early warning sign,” said Lawrence Lujan, a spokesman with the forest service.

    He said the dry winter has increased the fire danger, and people need to be careful because conditions exist for a big fire.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Monday, Nov. 11 — New Mexico State Hospital is offering tours to groups and individuals interested in learning about the program of treatment of mental illness. Dave Jewell, new director of volunteer services at the hospital here, is drumming up participation from senior high school and college students and civic and church groups... The two-hour tours include trips to patients' wards and opportunities to speak with members of the professional staff. Arrangements should be made in advance.

  • Looking ahead

    Fiesta this Saturday

    Fiesta de la Hispanidad is taking place this weekend at Illfeld Auditorium. The annual event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $4. The event is sponsored by Community First Bank, NMHU President Jim Fries, and the NMHU School of Social Work.