Local News

  • Fiestas change irks official

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    The decision to break from tradition and hold this year’s fiesta Mass at Immaculate Conception Church rather than Our Lady of Sorrows where, according to one city councilor, it has been held since the inception of the Fiestas, is drawing criticism.

    Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron last week blasted Mayor Alfonso Ortiz’s administration and the committee organizing the fiestas for the decision, calling the change of venue a “travesty” and an insult to the city’s longstanding traditions.

  • Busy summer

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    For most kids the start of summer means a break from brainwork, but that wasn’t the case for the 460 youths who participated in Las Vegas City Schools’ 21st Century Community Learning Centers program this June.

  • City Council tackles full agenda

    While oil and gas drilling was the hot-button topic at this past Wednesday’s City Council meeting, the governing body also took action on a number of other items, including changes to its procurement code.

  • Vegas police officers honored for actions

    Four city of Las Vegas police officers received awards last week for going above and beyond the call of duty, including one officer honored for saving a man who was threatening to jump to his death in May.

    Officer Gilbert Martinez received the Las Vegas Police Department’s Medal of Meritorious Service.

  • Mayors meet
  • Power outage caused by pole fire

    An electrical pole fire caused 2,134 Las Vegas customers to be without power for several hours on Saturday night.

    Valerie Smith, a spokesperson with Public Service Company of New Mexico, said lightning caused the pole fire, leading the the outage that started around 9 p.m. The pole was on South Grand Avenue near Alamo.

  • Looking Back - July 4, 2012

    In 1912

    Saturday July 6 — Some more lucky than others. The attorney general says the city commission may have salaries. Also included are probate judges, provided the appropriate legislation passes, according to Sect. 1 of Article X of the New Mexico Constitution.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 4, 2012

    It’s fiesta time

    The Fourth of July Fiestas parade begins at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Second Street and Mills Avenue and ends at Plaza Park, where a special veterans program will follow. Entertainment at the park runs from Friday through Sunday.

  • Weather - July 4, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

  • FYI - News - July 4, 2012

    Fire restrictions remain in effect for San Miguel County. All open burns including fireworks are prohibited at this time. If there is a need for an open burn it must be inspected and approved by your local fire department .
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    In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, the Optic will be closed today but will reopen on Thursday.