Local News

  • Man pronounced dead after rollover

    Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas man was pronounced dead after his vehicle rolled Saturday night in the Camp Luna area.

    Gilbert Garduño, 60, was alone in the vehicle when it rolled. No other vehicles were involved.

    It’s unclear whether Garduño died from injuries sustained in the automobile accident or whether he suffered a medical episode before the rollover.  The cause of the crash and Garduño’s cause of death are pending autopsy and drug/alcohol results, according to state police.

  • Looking Back - August 17, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Aug. 18 — It looks dark for statehood for New Mexico and Arizona at this session of congress. This is the consensus of opinion in both houses. It is admitted that Senator Bailey and a few other determined Democrats in the senate can prevent action in the upper body. In the house the Democrats are divided. Some of them insist on voting on a motion to pass the original Flood resolution over the veto of President Taft. Others feel that such a program should be abandoned in favor of the Flood-Smith compromise resolution.

  • Looking Ahead - August 17, 2011

    City Council meeting is today

    The Las Vegas City Council will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at City Hall, 1700 N. Grande Ave.

  • Weather - August 17, 2011

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. North wind 10 mph, becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. West wind 5-10 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

  • FYI - News

    The boil advisory issued last week for the Agua Pura water system in Chacon in Mora County has been lifted. The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau issued the advisory after finding E. coli in the water. It has determined the water is now safe to drink.

  • Refinancing pays off for county

    Timing is everything.

    The economic turmoil that has taken stock market investors on an unsettling roller coaster ride in recent weeks is actually benefitting San Miguel County as it refinances three loans.

    The county had been expecting to save $200,000 this year alone by refinancing three New Mexico Finance Authority loans and taking advantage of lower interest rates, county finance supervisor Melinda Gonzales said. But improvements in the bond market will actually result in $273,000 in savings this fiscal year, she said.

  • Fun at the Fair
  • West gym to be named after Marine

    Jesse Griego lost his life at the age of 20 in a battle in Vietnam 43 years ago. His legacy and his name will soon adorn the gymnasium at the Valley Elementary and Middle School after a unanimous vote by the West Las Vegas School Board on Thursday evening.

    Albert Gallegos, a childhood friend of Griego, asked the board to name the gymnasium after Griego a few months ago. Griego was an athlete and graduate of the school district prior to joining the Marines. Griego grew up in a family of nine in the Ribera area and participated in athletics.

  • Lack of food driving bears into cities

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    Displaced by fires and short on food after months of drought, bears in search of a good meal are heading into the cities in unusually high numbers this summer, say state  game officials.

  • New rates for PNM customers

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The state's largest electric utility says a 9.2 percent base rate increase approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has been finalized.

    Public Service Company of New Mexico says its bills will be calculated using the new rates starting Aug. 21. The utility serves 550,000 customers.

    PNM says the average residential customer in central and northern New Mexico and Deming can expect their bill to increase by $1.26 a month, or 1.9 percent.