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  • Spaceport is built

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES — New Mexico Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson says it will be New Mexico’s Sydney Opera House. Virgin Galactic Chairman Richard Branson has hinted it will host the first of his new brand of lifestyle hotels. And the eclectic hot springs town of Truth or Consequences has been anxiously awaiting all the economic development the nearly quarter-of-a-billion-dollar project is supposed to bring to this largely rural part of southern New Mexico.

  • Rep. Vigil arrested on bench warrant

    State Rep. Richard Vigil was arrested Tuesday on a bench warrant out of Raton Magistrate court for allegedly failing to take care of a speeding ticket he got in Colfax County on July 4.

    He owed $176.

    Vigil told the Optic during a brief telephone interview that he is looking into the matter.

    "I'm almost sure we had sent a money order," he said.

  • County workers reject union

    Attempts by some San Miguel County blue and white collar workers to form a union fell short last week, with employees eligible to cast a ballot on the issue voting 21-17 against unionizing.

    Enrique Mejia, an Albuquerque-based union organizer with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said the big issues prompting San Miguel County employees to explore the possibility of forming a union were favoritism and unfairness.

  • OMI rules June death accidental

    The man found dead inside his mother’s apartment near Eighth Street and Mills Avenue on June 13 overdosed on alcohol and oxycodone, the Office of the Medical Investigator has determined.

    Victor Jaramillo, 50, had fought with his girlfriend the night before his body was discovered, and city police officers dropped him off at his mother's apartment after responding to the call. Because of the contact that city police had with Jaramillo, the death was investigated by state police.

  • East district hit with more troubles

    The state Environment Department, responding to complaints about rodents in Memorial Middle School’s cafeteria, conducted an inspection last week and gave the school district until this Friday to rectify the situation.

    The complaints were sparked by a photo circulated through the social media website Facebook that showed a rodent outside the cafeteria.

    The photo resulted in two calls to the local Environment Department field office.

  • Teaching self-defense - Chief eyes world jiu-jitsu title

    With two daughters and an intense full-time job, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño has his hands full.

    But that hasn’t kept this city’s top cop from practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu and maintaining his competitiveness in the martial art, combat sport and self-defense system that focuses on ground fighting.

    Indeed Montaño is heading to Long Beach, Calif., in early October where he will compete in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world championship.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 26, 2012

    In 1962

    Tuesday, Sept. 25 — Rain continued to fall around New Mexico today as residents received their third straight day of relief from the heat of last week... Las Vegas received one-third of an inch of rain in the previous 24 hours. The highest temperature in the state Monday was 82 at Carlsbad and Hobbs, compared with a low maximum of 48 at Red River. The morning lows ranged from 46 in Las Vegas to 63 at Carlsbad.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 26, 2012

    Council to vote on water rate hike Friday

    The Las Vegas City Council is holding a special meeting at 3 p.m. Friday at City Hall to vote on a proposed water rate hike. The water rate hike is the only action item on the agenda.

  • Weather - Sept. 26, 2012

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, becoming west 5-10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Thursday

  • East exploring food options

    Las Vegas City Schools officials have been inundated with complaints about the quality of food served to students in recent weeks, and now the district is looking at bringing in a contractor to handle school meals for its high school and middle school.

    Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez informed the school board last week that the district will explore the possibility of outsourcing the food service program for both Memorial Middle School and Robertson High School.