Local News

  • Governor unveils budget proposal

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday unveiled a nearly $6.3 billion spending plan for growing New Mexico’s economy and expanding education initiatives, but her administration echoed the warning of lawmakers that falling oil prices could keep chipping away at the money the state has to spend.

  • Two APD officers charged with murder

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two Albuquerque police officers were charged with murder Monday in the shooting death of a knife-wielding homeless man that led to violent protests and brought new scrutiny to the police department amid a federal investigation.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 14

    In 1965
    Monday, Jan. 11 — Square Deal Market, 611 South Pacific, received heavy damage in a fire Saturday morning. According to Assistant West Las Vegas Fire Chief George Arellanes, the fire was caused by an oil heater in the back of the store, and a load of flour, a load of beans and some furniture stored in the back of the store were burned while other parts of the store received heavy smoke and water damage. The alarm was turned in about 8:15. Fire also destroyed the Model Cleaners and Goldy’s Restaurant in the 1200 block of National Avenue.

  • Looking ahead - News - Jan. 14, 2015

    Luna candidates must file today
    Today (Jan. 14) is the deadline for individuals to file to run for three seats on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. District 2, District 4 and District 6 seats will be decided during the March 3 election. Candidates can file at the San Miguel County Clerk’s Office or at their own county clerk’s office.

  • Weather - Jan. 14, 2015

    A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11 a.m. Areas of freezing fog before 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Northeast wind around 5 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20. Southwest wind around 5 mph, becoming north in the evening.

    Sunny, with a high near 54. North wind around 5 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24.


  • FYI - News - Jan. 14, 2015

    The Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities on Monday to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Contact the Las Vegas Ranger District (425-3534) or the  Pecos Ranger District (757-6121) to find out which sites are open and will waive fees.

  • Past may haunt board hopefuls

    Child abuse. Possession of cocaine. DWI.

    A check of local court records by the Optic revealed that four of the individuals who filed to run in Las Vegas school board elections have previously had brushes with the law, racking up serious charges.

    Three of those individuals are running for seats on the West Las Vegas School Board, with the fourth running for a seat on the Las Vegas City Schools Board.

    Both school board elections will take place on Feb. 3.

  • New magistrate judges - Rivera, Montaño host investiture

    Las Vegas Optic

    Two new judges have been officially in office for a week and on Friday a ceremony was held in their honor to mark the beginning of a new era at the courthouse. In a packed magistrate courtroom, magistrate judges Melanie Rivera and Christian Montaño took their oaths and were robed by each of their families. Rivera replaced former judge Chris Najar who has since entered retirement. Montaño replaced Eddy Gallegos, who he handily defeated in the general election in November. Montaño was sworn in by former judge Philip Romero.

  • Lawmakers want more money for education

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Education and child welfare initiatives would get more money under a budget proposal released Friday by a New Mexico legislative committee, but lawmakers warned that overall spending next year could be curtailed if oil prices continue to fall.

    The plan from the Legislative Finance Committee would increase spending in New Mexico by more than $140 million next year, with an additional $71 million for public schools and another $25 million for expanding early childhood initiatives.

  • Attorney general outlines agenda

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The practice of hiring private lawyers to file lawsuits on behalf of the New Mexico attorney general’s office is under review, newly elected Attorney General Hector Balderas said Thursday.