Local News

  • FYI - News

    City of Las Vegas utility customers can once again pay their bills at City Hall. The payment center at City Hall, 1700 North Grand, has re-opened and will be accepting payments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, though it will be closed during the lunch hour. The payment center is for payments only. Payments can still be made. at the Utility Department on 12th Street from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including through the lunch hour.

  • Late-season elk licenses available on Nov. 2

    Submitted to the Optic

    Two hundred seventy-five late-season archery elk hunting licenses will be available Nov. 2 in a first-come, first-served sale on the Department of Game and Fish website.

    Only hunters who did not hold a 2011-12 elk license are eligible to purchase the late-season licenses, which will be available only on the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Hunters of all ages can purchase licenses beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 2.

  • A family’s search for justice

    The night their hellish ordeal began was just like any other.

    John Esquibel, 27, and his 19-year-old nephew Adam Hanson couldn’t take the stifling heat inside the upstairs apartment they were staying at, so they decided to go for a walk.

    “I said, ‘Don’t be gone too long. There’s too many crazy people out these days,’” Esquibel’s mother, Gloria Esquibel, recalls. Esquibel, who had a part-time job at Pizza Hut, told her they were just going to walk around the Plaza once and come back.

  • Parking woes plague Robertson

    A delay in a repaving project at the Mike Marr Gym is prompting Las Vegas City Schools to offer a free park-and-ride service to those planning to attend Friday evening’s Robertson High School football game at Cardinal stadium.

    Hoping to alleviate some of the parking headaches, district officials announced Wednesday that shuttle service will be provided to and from the game for motorists who opt to park at Memorial Middle School, Los Niños Elementary or Sierra Vista Elementary.

  • Bragging rights awarded

    For the Optic

    It’s a good bet that when the name Abreu is mentioned in these parts, people generally respond with “athlete” or “educator.” One of the patriarchs of the clan, Ernest Beaubien Abreu, bears out the generalizations.

    Along with his younger brother, Leland, Ernie has produced numerous of athletes and educators, with several of his children, grandchildren, nephews and grandnephews having played college ball.

  • Villanueva rallies behind post office

    VILLANUEVA — The message to U.S. Postal Service officials from residents of this rural village and surrounding areas is clear: Don’t close our post office.

    “This shouldn’t even be a question. This post office should stay here, and it should stay here forever,” said Danny Torrez, who noted that the post office has been there since 1890.

  • Pa. firm teams with N.M. company on frackwater

    The Associated Press

    MOUNT JEWETT, Pa.  — A northwestern Pennsylvania waste management firm is teaming up with a New Mexico company to treat wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process used in Marcellus Shale drilling.

    Casella Waste Systems Inc. and Altela Inc. of Albuquerque have formed a joint venture to operate a treatment plant at Casella’s landfill in Mount Jewett, about 115 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

  • Block vows to complete treatment

    SANTA FE (AP) — Former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. vowed Wednesday to complete a court-ordered drug treatment program as part of a felony plea agreement that forced him to resign from office.

    If the 34-year-old from Española fails to complete the program, he potentially faces up to four and a half years in prison. He has said he is addicted to prescription painkillers

  • Jail Log - Oct. 28, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Oct. 18 and Oct. 25:
    Herman Powell, 54, public nuisance
    Richard Belian, 47, bench warrant: failure to comply with conditions of probation
    Mario Mendoza, 25, failure to comply with conditions of probation
    Josephine Garcia, 39, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, aggravated fleeing from peace officer, escape from custody, resisting/obstructing a peace officer, failure to appear, failure to comply with conditions of probation

  • Looking Back - Oct. 28, 2011

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