Local News

  • East board member resigning

    Roughly six months after being elected to the Las Vegas City Schools board, Ricky Serna has announced he is resigning his position effective Oct. 1.

    Serna, who defeated longtime incumbent Patrick Romero during the February board elections, is leaving his seat on the board to take a position at Northern New Mexico College in Española. He has been hired as special assistant to the president for grants and special projects.

    He currently works for the state’s Higher Education Department in Santa Fe.

  • County approves tight budget

    San Miguel County Commissioners approved a final budget Thursday that outlines about $17.9 million in spending for the fiscal year that began on July 1.

    The only raises built into the budget are for county employees who will be completing their probationary period and for appraisers in the county assessor’s office, Finance Director Melinda Gonzales told commissioners.

  • Debt showdown:

    The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — As gridlocked Washington edges toward default, states staggering out of the last recession are preparing for the worst: The federal piggy-bank that helps them pay for health care, jobless benefits, road building and schools could run out of cash.

    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is warning that his state might not be able to fully cover potential shortfalls, and jittery California cushioned its finances last week by borrowing $5.4 billion from private investors.

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  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, Aug. 2 — Joseph A. Taichert has applied to William B. Stapp, clerk of the United States court, for final certificate of naturalization as a citizen of the United States. Taichert was born in Germany in 1882. He came to the United States in 1903 and made his first application for citizenship in Louisville, Ky., in 1907. Taichert names as his witnesses A.C. Erb and A.D. Higgins. The hearing will be held in the United States court on November 20.

  • Looking Ahead - News August 1, 2011

    Carnegie Library hosts story time

    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Tell Me the Day Backwards” by Albert Lamb. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - August 1, 2011

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming north.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 59.


  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Water system fix: $108M

    Consultants hired by the city of Las Vegas to conduct an extensive study of the water system have come up with a series of recommendations that include $108.6 million in key projects to be phased in over the next 40 years.

  • Senior Profile - Dan and Ruby Gonzales

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Today, Dan Gonzales Sr. and wife, Ruby, enjoy the view from their Vegas Drive home overlooking a soccer field and Los Niños and Sierra Vista schools beyond. They have lived there for 15 years, having moved from their former home on Eighth and Dalbey, which they occupied for 43 years.