Local News

  • Court denies landfill’s appeal

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Court of Appeals isn’t allowing a landfill in northeastern New Mexico to accept special wastes, including those contaminated with petroleum and asbestos.

    The court on Thursday upheld a 2007 state regulatory decision. The Environment Department turned down a landfill request to accept non-hazardous special wastes, which also included wastes from plants where animals are killed.

  • 4 senators win promise of a Patriot Act hearing

    By Pete Yost
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Four Democratic senators won the promise Thursday of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing into what they say is a secret and expansive Justice Department interpretation of the information collection the Patriot Act allows.

    The criticism by Intelligence Committee members Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado came as Congress moved to extend the government’s Patriot Act powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, May 31 — It will be back to the penitentiary for Jack Padgett, Paul Owen and John Hart, three convicts who escaped from the road gang at Tecolote last Wednesday night. The men were located yesterday near Agua Zarca and were arrested by deputies from the office of Sheriff Secundino Romero. The men had been enjoying liberty for nearly a week. They were unable, however, to make their way out of New Mexico. All three convicts were in for short terms, which they had reduced somewhat by good behavior.

  • Looking Ahead

    Farmers Market open Wednesday

    The Tri-County Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. until sellout on Wednesdays at Sixth Street and University. The market will open on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.

  • Weather - May 30, 2011

    Areas of blowing dust. Sunny, with a high near 75. Windy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.


  • FYI - News

    The wildfire in southwest New Mexico now is 70 percent contained after charring almost 88,000 acres, according to The Associated Press. The U.S. Forest Service said Saturday that the Miller fire 25 miles north of Silver City is at 87,878 acres. Rugged terrain continues to be a challenge for the nearly 490 firefighters battling the human-caused blaze that began April 28.

  • Abuse suspected in boy’s injury

    Authorities suspect child abuse in the case of a 20-month-old boy who was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital last month with life-threatening head injuries, the Optic has learned.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said this week that city police were requested at the Alta Vista Regional Hospital emergency room on April 25 in reference to an injured child.

  • Time to Celebrate
  • Las Vegas medical pot activist dies

    Robert Jones, the medical marijuana user whose battle with the San Miguel County housing authority garnered national attention last year, has died. He was 70.

    Jones was with caregiver John Emerick, and he was surrounded by other friends when he died at Alta Vista Regional Hospital on Wednesday morning.

    He had battled cancer, emphysema, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Emerick said Jones was in remission from his cancer. But chemotherapy damaged his lungs, causing his death, he said.

  • Senior Profile - ‘Chula’ McWilliams keeps the spirit alive

    If there is a word which might characterize the life of now-100 year old Sara Esperon Pimentel de McWilliams, it just might be “tapestry,” a term that implies a pleasing complexity of detail.

    The tapestry (tapiceria) of Sara’s life has been interwoven with life experiences spanning the state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, north to the USA, from Indiana to New Mexico. Sara was born May 6, 1911, in Oaxaca city, the second daughter of Jose Esperon Ceballos and Maria Pimentel de Esperon.