Local News

  • Former PRC commissioner jailed again

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former state Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr., who recently resigned after pleading guilty to felony charges, is in a Santa Fe jail again.

    Jail records show that Block was booked at 12:11 p.m. Monday on a remand order, indicating he violated a condition of his release.

    It is the second time Block has been jailed for violating a condition of his release.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 16, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Nov. 10 — It is more than likely that Las Vegas and the surrounding country will soon be embalmed for future glory upon the films of the Thomas A. Edison Moving Picture company. Frank L. Hough, a representative of the company, is here and will spend several days investigating into the advisability of bringing his corps of actors and photographers here. In conversation with a representative of The Optic this morning Mr. Hough said that his company had been making some films in Colorado.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 16, 2011

    Love Thy Neighbor phone-a-thon is Thursday

    A phone-a-thon to raise money for the Love Thy Neighbor Fund will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. this Thursday on KNMX. Those wanting to make a pledge to the charity should call 425-3555 during that period. The Love Thy Neighbor Fund has helped hundreds with food, heat and wood during the last 10 years.

  • Weather - Nov. 16, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Calm wind becoming southwest 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. South wind around 5 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 59. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 30.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.  Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 33.


  • FYI - News - Nov. 16, 2011

    The San Miguel County Commission has designating this Friday as Wear Your Pearls Day in an effort to bring attention to November being lung cancer awareness month. The commission is also encouraging everyone to take part in a walk in support of all New Mexicans with lung cancer, beginning at 3 p.m. at the new county bike path on Cinder Road.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 16, 2011

    The Associated Press

    Student works to save species
    LAS CRUCES — A New Mexico State University student is earning degrees in conservation, ecology, biology and anthropology while trying to save an endangered species in Borneo.

    Twenty-two-year-old Zachary Brecheisen has traveled to the Southeast Asian island twice with a deep desire to help orangutans, which are losing their feeding grounds as the rainforest disappears.

  • Recycles Day event soon

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University recycling center will be open from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday for an America Recycles Day event, a joint project with the city of Las Vegas Keep America Beautiful Program.

    The event will also feature local art and furniture made of found objects. The first 100 recyclers who sign a pledge to recycle will receive a free in-home recycling bin donated by the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Program.

  • Gov. clarifies immigration past

    By Barry Massey and Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has dug into her family's ancestry and uncovered immigration documents she says suggest her paternal grandparents followed common practices in coming to the United States from Mexico in the early 1900s, contradicting earlier indications they were illegal immigrants.

  • Community leaders to meet to discuss economic plan

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Friday, Nov. 18, a group of key community leaders will meet at Las Vegas City Council Chambers to begin developing a Strategic Economic Sustainability Plan for San Miguel County.

    The idea of bringing community leaders together to develop strategic planning initiatives originated as a result of the University of New Mexico Bureau of Economic Business Research Assessment for San Miguel County. The study identified the high number of active community groups that exist in Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 16, 2011

    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    • NMHU men vs. Midwestern State, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    • NMHU men vs. Colorado College, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    Cross country
    • NMHU (Nicaise Kazingo) in NCAA Division II Nationals, 9 a.m., Spokane, Wash.