Local News

  • Colo. victims mourned at funerals in 3 states

    By Amanda Lee Myers
    The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A man who saved his girlfriend’s life at the Colorado movie shooting was remembered for his selfless sacrifice Saturday, while an aspiring sportscaster was praised for her boundless energy and an Air Force reservist as a good friend.

    The girlfriend who Matt McQuinn saved by taking three bullets aimed at her wept as pastors spoke of the senselessness of the shooting spree at the suburban Denver theater where 12 people were killed just more than a week ago.

  • Authority planning to scale back loans

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Cities, counties and other local governments could find it harder to get low-cost loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority during the next several months because of fallout from a scandal over a fake audit of the agency’s finances.

    The authority’s governing board reviewed a proposal Thursday for limiting a loan program that finances projects such as sewers, roads and other infrastructure in communities.

  • Looking Back - July 30, 2012

    In 1962

    Tuesday, July 31 — Two of four men who escaped from the State Mental Hospital at Las Vegas were captured Monday night. Bobby Millins, 21, and Robert Garrett, 30, were arrested in a downtown cafe after Millins telephoned his mother that he had escaped from the hospital and was in Albuquerque. Millins’ mother called police, and officers were sent to the cafe.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 30, 2012

    Public rate hike meetings begin Tuesday

    The city of Las Vegas will kick off its four community meetings on the proposed water and sewer rate hikes at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave. Tuesday’s meeting and one scheduled for 3 p.m. on Aug. 15 also at City Hall will focus on the proposed increases as they relate to residential customers. Public input meetings for commercial customers will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and  Aug. 14, both at Sininger Hall, 904 National Ave.

  • Weather - July 30, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Light and variable wind becoming south 10-15 mph in the morning. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 60. South wind 5-15 mph becoming east after midnight.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Light and variable wind becoming south 5-10 mph in the morning. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.


  • A pat on the back
  • Art exhibit by Latino painter, Quiroz, on display at NMHU

    By Margaret McKinney

    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents an art exhibit by renowned Latino painter Alfred Quiroz in its Burris Hall Gallery July 30 through Aug. 31.

    The gallery is at 903 National Ave. There will be a closing reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 31 with Quiroz presenting a gallery talk at 4 p.m.

  • Gov presses lawmakers on dam

    The green grass and fountain-like sound of water under most any other circumstances would be welcome, a serene oasis amid the parched land that Las Vegas residents have become accustomed to.

    But as Gov. Susana Martinez stood at the site — the base of Peterson Dam — she used words like “ridiculous” and “disgusting” as she watched hundreds of gallons of the city’s drinking water spill out onto the ground from holes in the 101-year-old concrete structure.

  • One month missing, still no answers

    Josephine Garcia is still trying to maintain hope that her daughter is alive, but it’s becoming harder as each day passes with no news about her.

    “It’s already going to be a month,” Garcia said. “I don’t know; I can’t say. I’m hoping she’s alive, but I don’t know.”

    Monday will mark the one month anniversary of Cindy Rivera, 19, going missing from her mother’s home on Peggy Lee Lane. The last time Garcia spoke to her daughter was when Rivera called her on the evening of June 29.

    Garcia said Rivera’s ex-husband showed up at the house, and he was drunk.

  • Senior Profile - Olivia Lovato-Winston

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Whether the movement is through art, music, dance or teaching, Olivia Lovato,a.k.a. Olivia Lovato-Winston, continues to be in tune with the times.

    Born in July 1943, Lovato spent her early years in the Clayton-Bueyros area of northeastern New Mexico. Her great-grandfather, Guadalupe Lobato, a cibolero or buffalo hunter, homesteaded the ranch near Bueyeros in the 19th century.

    Lovato and her eight siblings were taught by their parents, Toribio Jr. and Jo Ann Leger Lovato, to survive, despite the rustic and isolated environs.