Local News

  • Death certificate sought for Billy the Kid

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A retired Arizona State University professor is taking his pursuit of a death certificate for Billy the Kid to New Mexico’s highest court.

    Historian Robert J. Stahl filed a petition Friday with the New Mexico Supreme Court to order the state’s medical examiner to create the document for the legendary outlaw, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

  • State struggles to fine-tune naloxone regs

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE— At the same time as New Mexico promotes naloxone as a way to decrease overdose deaths, the state’s Board of Pharmacy is working to increase regulation of the drug.

    “Certain rules have to be applied,” said pharmacy board executive director Ben Kesner. “You can’t just pass (naloxone) out.”

  • In Brief - News - July 22, 2015

    The Associated Press

    PNM gives $19K to local museum

    The PNM Resources Foundation announced Monday that Friends of the Las Vegas City Museum and Rough Rider Collection has been awarded a $19,890 grant for landscaping at the museum.
    The PNM foundation awarded a total of $500,000 to 27 non-profits as part of its initiative aimed at building vibrant communities.

  • Community reception
  • Que Pasa - July 22, 2015

    • Civic Resources Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22 at the West Las Vegas High School gym. There will be free food and music with information regarding community outreach services, promoting health, nutrition, education, therapy and safety.

    • Community meet and greet reception with new Highlands University President Sam Minner will take place starting at 5:30 on Thursday, July 23 at Kennedy Alumni Hall.

  • Luna may scrap search

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees plans to discuss and take action on terminating its presidential search and retaining controversial interim President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez as its permanent president.

    That action item is on the  agenda for Tuesday’s board meeting, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Luna’s Student Services Board Room. The agenda states that board Chairman Daniel Romero will present the item.

    The Optic was unable to reach Romero for comment Sunday morning.

  • Anti-bullying campaign
  • Las Vegas firefighters to get raises

    The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a new agreement that will give members of the city’s firefighters union 50 cent per hour pay raises.

    The pay hike is equivalent to an annual raise of $1,040.

    Negotiations between the city administration and the International Association of Firefighters Local 4624 began in June.

    The agreement approved by the Council had already been ratified unanimously by members of the firefighters union.

  • Food stamp proposal blasted

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The clock is ticking as New Mexico and other states move toward reinstating work and job-training requirements for certain low-income adults who receive food stamps.

    Statewide waivers that have been in place since the economy took a dive in 2009 are expiring, and federal officials have warned that few states will be eligible for extensions.

  • Looking Back - July 20, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, July 21 — A new station manager, Dennis Mitchell, 34, has been appointed for Radio Station KFUN Las Vegas, and the present station manager, Stewart Chamberlain, is moving to Gallup to KGAK as assistant general manager. Mitchell, who presently is with KRTC in Santa Fe in a commercial capacity, was formerly program director of KGAK for a little over two years.