.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • Weather - July 25, 2012

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

    Thursday
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. East wind 5-10 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

    Friday

  • NM judge orders removal of names from online site

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A judge has ordered Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to remove the names of classified employees from an online database.

    The Monday ruling from District Court Judge Valerie Huling came after members of a state employees’ union challenged the practice.

    An attorney for the union had argued that posting the names of classified employees is prohibited by state law and raises security concerns.

  • ‘The Mercy Seat’ - Art show is a mecca of history, figures and emotions

    By Meredith Britt
    For the Optic

    Iron birds, skulls, a masked face, hooded eyes, contorted poses, falling figures amid a stillness of flatness, dense application, soft colors and graceful lines evoke a forlorn enigma within the current Las Vegas Arts Council show, “The Mercy Seat,” at 140 Bridge St., through July.

    Two local area artists, Melissa Williamson and Appleblossom have put together two- and three-dimensional painted and sculpted pieces that challenge, dream, play dead, wrestle, and scream for freedom.

  • City rate hikes inch forward

    By a 3-2 vote, the city of Las Vegas governing body agreed on Thursday to publish two proposed ordinances that set the stage for a vote on increasing water and sewer rates next month.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz joined City Councilors Vince Howell and Joey Herrera in voting to allow city staff to publish the two proposed ordinances. Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against them.

  • Mora Fiesta
  • New baler saves money at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New equipment at the New Mexico Highlands University Recycling Center is saving the university money, generating revenue, and increasing efficiency and production.

    In its first weeks of use in June, the new baler helped the university process 11 tons of revenue-generating recyclable materials from the campus, community and local businesses.

  • Luna awarded $3.25 million grant

    By Lorraine Martinez
    LCC Title V Director  

    Luna Community College has been awarded a new U.S. Department of Education grant totaling $3.25 million.

    Luna received one of just 13 grants awarded nationwide and one of only two grants awarded in New Mexico. The college will receive about $650,000 each year for five years.

    On June 20, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s office in Washington, D.C. called Title V Director Lorraine Martinez to inform her of the award.

  • Las Vegas Dollies

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Dollies is a group of women who volunteer their time to help the community of Las Vegas and surrounding areas.

    The group has 12 active members who are committed humanitarians. 

  • Retirement board sues to reclaim funds

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Educational Retirement Board has filed lawsuits against 24 people who received more than $181,000 in overpayments due to a computer error at the teacher pension fund.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Jan Goodwin, the board’s executive director said Friday the legal action was a “last resort” in an attempt to recoup the overpaid amounts, plus interest, from pension fund beneficiaries who have not yet repaid the money.

  • Wis. officials warn against NM livestock

    The Associated Press

    MADISON, Wis.  — The state is advising against the importing of livestock from certain parts of New Mexico after a viral disease was found in horses there.
    The disease is vesicular stomatitis, or VS. It resembles Foot-and-Mouth, primarily affecting horses, cattle, swine and occasionally sheep and goats.

    It causes fever and blisters in the mouth, nostrils, hooves and teats. The animal recovers in three to four days.