Local News

  • County seeks funds for roadways

    Recent snow, rain and freezing temperatures have left a number of county roads in bad shape, prompting the San Miguel County Commission to approve a disaster declaration.

    Commissioners unanimously approved the declaration at their board meeting last week.

    The declaration states that extensive damage was suffered by county roads in Gonzales Ranch, Aurora, Cerrito, Sacatosa, Leyba, Trujillo and in Sabinoso.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 28, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Couple pays off layaway items

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Secret Santa and Mrs. Claus have given a dozen military families in Albuquerque a very special Christmas gift by paying off layaway lists that included toys for children.

    Marie Vigil, manager of the Kirtland Air Force Base’s store, told KOAT that a retired military couple who wanted to remain anonymous walked into the base’s store over the weekend and paid off the lists of 12 families.

  • Analysts see stocks and risks up in ‘12

    By Bernard Condon
    AP Business Writer

    NEW YORK — The good news is that Wall Street experts think stock prices will rise more than 10 percent next year. The bad news is that they expected big gains in 2011 and got nearly zero instead.

    It’s forecasting time on Wall Street, and once again the pros are trying to predict the unpredictable. History suggests their target price for stocks by the end of 2012 will prove too high or too low. They might even get the direction wrong — predicting a gain when there’s a loss.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 28, 2011

    In 1911

  • Weather - Dec. 28, 2011

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

    Sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. Thursday night, mostly clear with a low around 27.

    Sunny, with a high near 55. Friday Night, mostly clear with a low around 27.

    Sunny, with a high near 55 and a low around 28.

  • Two nominated to board

    By Julie Pace
    The Associated Press

    HONOLULU — A vacationing President Barack Obama has nominated a Harvard University professor and a former Treasury official under President George H.W. Bush — a Democrat and a Republican — to the Federal Reserve Board.

    In a statement from Hawaii where he is vacationing with his family, Obama praised Jeremy Stein and Jerome Powell for agreeing to serve his administration at a critical moment for the U.S. economy.

  • Sanchez challenges Vegas

    Submitted to the Optic

    Leveo Sanchez has issued a “Challenge Grant” to the Las Vegas community that could go as high as $10,000. The funds will support MainStreet de Las Vegas to implement projects for 2012. Every dollar received in memberships and donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $10,000. Contributions of any size will count. Donations are fully tax deductible, as MainStreet is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit corporation.

  • A Sara Harris Christmas

    If you think you go all out on your holiday decorating chances are you haven’t seen Sara Harris’ house during the Christmas season.

    The Victorian home on Fifth Street she and her husband, Jay, live in is transformed into a virtual Christmas wonderland this time of year, complete with Santas, villages, angels, an heirloom nativity scene and more than a dozen meticulously decorated trees, each one with its own theme.

  • Revered mayor’s charity soldiers on

    For a brief moment after the unexpected death of Henry O. Sanchez in September, Macario Gonzales and several others wondered whether the charity the former mayor started would continue.

    The charity, called Love Thy Neighbor, helps people who are struggling heat their homes during the winter by giving them wood and money to pay their bills.

  • Hanukkah goblins make Vegas debut

    In keeping with the season, the  Las Vegas Jewish Community, Inc. provided the community with a delightful rendition of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, a play by Mary Byers, based on the story by Eric Kimmel. The presentation  was held at the Newman Center Thursday.
    The tale is based on the exploits of Hershel of Ostropol, a Jewish ethnic hero of the prankster mode who lived in what is today the Ukraine during the late 18th century.