Local News

  • A closer look at the mayoral candidates

    Jill Baskerville, 55. Visiting instructor of sociology at New Mexico Highlands University. Moved to Las Vegas 21 years ago. Married a local man — they’ve since divorced — and raised their daughter in Las Vegas. Master’s degree in sociology from Highlands.

  • Nine vying to be mayor

    The biggest surprise on city election filing day was that Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, who had previously said he would not seek re-election, filed the paperwork to run for a second term in office.

    That decision sets up what is sure to be an epic battle between Ortiz and City Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron, who also filed for mayor. The two city governing body members have clashed frequently during the last two years.

    Ortiz and Gurule-Giron are just two of the nine candidates who threw their hats into the ring for mayor on Tuesday.

  • Going Green

    By Martín Salazar
    and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

  • State yanks agent’s license

    The state has revoked a local insurance agent’s license for being “incompetent, untrustworthy and financially irresponsible,” according to a revocation order and notice issued by the acting state superintendent of insurance on Friday.
    The order means that David Lee Herrera, whose address is listed as the 4600 block of El Llano Road, will no longer be allowed to serve as an insurance agent in New Mexico.
    Herrera did not immediately respond to the Optic’s requests for comment.

  • Judge denies motion to dismiss

    Las Vegas Optic

  • FYI — Jan. 13, 2012

    Fort Union National Monument and all other national monuments across the country will waive entrance fees this weekend in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. See story on A3.
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    The offices of the Optic will be closed Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

  • Weather — Jan. 13, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 46. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 22. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

  • Looking ahead — News — Jan. 13, 2012

    Sustainable Homes Tour is Saturday

    The fourth annual Sustainable Homes Tour is this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and from 1 until 4:30 pm. at the Las Vegas Arts Council building at 140 Bridge Street.  A donation is requested to cover transportation costs.  Reserve your place by contact Emelie Olson at 454-3920 or at eolson@desertgate.com

  • Looking back — News — Jan. 13, 2012

    In 1935

    Tuesday, Jan. 8 — Gov. Clyde Tingley said today he was moving toward getting the Las Vegas and Silver City Normal schools on an accredited basis again. He conferred today with W.A. Brandenburg, president of the State Teachers’ college at Pittsburg, Kan., and Uel W. Lamkin, president of the State Teachers’ college at Maryville, MO., on the question. These two men are members of the accrediting committee of the North Central association which recently dropped both New Mexico Normals.

  • Jail log — Jan. 13, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Jan. 3 and Jan. 9:
    Gilbert Martinez, 66, commitment for drug court violation
    Jacob Sosa, 24, failure to report
    Daniel Crespin, 24, district court commitment
    Antoinette Sanchez-Maestas, 42, failure to report
    Geronimo Padilla, 54, failure to report
    George Duran, 52, aggravated assault
    Jerry Rudolph, 43, DUI
    Fernandez Norman, 24, failure to comply, failure to report
    Josephine Tafoya, 35, larceny