Local News

  • Looking Back - July 19, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, July 16 — Somebody shot a hole into the front window of the Town Police Station on Bridge Street after the station was closed for the night. Town Police magistrate Hilario Montano pointed out the hole in the window facing the street and the flattened bullet was found near the wall on the far side of the room. Apparently the person who fired the shot stood across the street near the Whitehouse Bar, or the shot might have been fired from a moving auto.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 19, 2013

    Pritzlaf Ranch hike is Saturday

    Hike at the Pritzlaf Ranch will start at 9 a.m. this Saturday and end no later than 2 p.m. The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance is hosting this hike at the mountainous Pritzlaf Ranch in the Sapello watershed. Attendees are asked to bring water, lunch and rain gear. For questions contact Christopher Torres at 505-795-1507.

  • Weather - July 19, 2013

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

  • Correction - July 19, 2013

    The article in Monday’s Optic about Las Vegas City Schools returning to a five-day week should have said that board secretary Gabe Lucero made a motion to return to a five-day school week, and his motion passed unanimously.

  • State police chief retiring

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State Police Chief Robert Shilling said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the month but emphasized that there was no pressure on him to leave the job he has held since Gov. Susana Martinez took office.

    Shilling, 42, announced his retirement in an interview with The Associated Press and said his decision was based on “family, health and happiness.”

  • More veterans cemeteries proposed

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing that New Mexico establish several veterans cemeteries in rural areas of the state.

    Martinez outlined her plan on Tuesday for providing more burial options for veterans and their spouses than the national cemeteries in Santa Fe and at Fort Bayard in New Mexico and the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in Texas outside of El Paso.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 19, 2013

    The Associated Press

    AG: Probe may take months

  • Vigil found not guilty

    Clad in a button-down pink shirt and gray slacks, Eric Vigil stood in the courtroom Monday flanked by his two attorneys waiting to hear his fate.

    The jury had gone behind closed doors less than four hours earlier to begin deliberating first-degree murder and other charges he faced.

    When the verdicts were read aloud in the courtroom by Judge Abigail Aragon, Vigil stood quietly, holding his hands behind his back.

    “Not guilty” on the first-degree murder charge involving Damian Ortiz.

  • Summer learning - Program aims to boost scores

    Several dozen students at Sierra Vista Elementary are spending a few weeks during their summer vacation getting extra time in the classroom.  The K-3 Plus Extended School Year Program started earlier this month and will run until Aug. 9 at the east side elementary school.

    “These kids are getting five more weeks of instruction in language arts and mathematics,” program instructor Brock Aragon said. “This program began with the state Public Education Department funding it in areas in need.”

  • Allegations fly over Ortiz recall

    The fight over efforts to recall Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz has escalated, with people on both sides of the issue pointing fingers at each other, alleging illegal actions.

    The Committee for Honest Government, the group spearheading the recall effort, issued a news release late Friday accusing Ortiz’s administration of breaking the law on several counts in its efforts to defeat a petition to recall him. The group has sent a letter to City Clerk Casandra Fresquez demanding that the recall effort be allowed to move forward, given the city’s actions.