Local News

  • Supremacist prison gang numbers grow

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s prisons have seen a rise in white supremacist gang membership as some inmates seek protection against largely Hispanic gangs, according to state officials.

    State numbers show that membership in white supremacist gangs has doubled in prisons during the past 10 years, and state officials worry the numbers may keep climbing.

  • Doctor pleads in trafficking case

    The Associated Press

    RATON — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Mexico doctor has pleaded guilty to trafficking prescription drugs.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 48-year-old Gilbert Christopher Aragon Jr. entered his plea to a five-count indictment during a hearing in federal court Friday in Albuquerque.

    Aragon works at the Family Practice Clinic in Raton.

    The trafficking took place between July 2009 and July 2010 while he worked at the clinic.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 14, 2012

    East board meeting is Tuesday

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board will meet at 5 p.m. this Tuesday at the Central Office board room, located on Douglas Avenue. Among the items to be covered is the proposal to move the district to a four-day school week next year.

  • Weather - May 14, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.Isolated showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 48.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 51.

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  • Judge blasts co-op action

    Saying he was “flabbergasted” by the procedure used by the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative in disqualifying a candidate for the District 2 trustees position, State District Judge Eugenio Mathis nixed the election scheduled for this past Tuesday and ordered the organization to put Rock Ulibarri’s name back on the ballot.

  • Music Extravaganza

    A tradition is about to be born in Las Vegas. On Saturday, area bands will strut their stuff at several different venues for the Meadow City Music Festival.

    The festival is being organized by Cindy Collins, the executive director of MainStreet de Las Vegas, and several organizations.

    “Las Vegas is so fortunate to have such a diversity of great musicians,” Collins said.

  • Rural post offices won’t close

    Rural post offices around the country targeted for closure, including two area post offices, got a reprieve on Wednesday, with the U.S. Postal Service announcing that it is backing away from its plan.

    To save money, the cash-strapped Postal Service instead plans shorter hours for those post offices.

    The announcement is drawing praise both nationally and locally from those who fought to keep their post offices.

  • Civil rights leader to address grads

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A prominent leader in America’s civil rights movement will be this year’s commencement speaker at Highlands University’s main campus ceremony this Saturday.

    Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles became one of the key strategists for the civil rights movement in the early ‘60s, working alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. Kyles was at King’s side when King was assassinated.

  • Salman Ranch continues rich tradition

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mike Salman’s family has been growing plants and trees in La Cueva for more than 60 years. So it’s not surprising that Salman, general manager of the Salman Ranch and Nursery, uses methods developed by previous generations while weaving in tricks he’s discovered on his own.

    One of the tricks he discovered is recycling composted raspberry branches back into the soil. “It adds nutrients and keeps the gophers and deer away,” he says. “I also use rocks to help keep the soil around the trees moist.”