Local News

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 9, 2011

    Candle light vigil for homicide victims  

    The Survivors of Victims of Homicide group will be holding its candle light vigil today, Dec. 9. Participants will gather in front of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice building, 719 Sixth Street at 4:30 p.m., and the walk to Plaza Park will start at 5 p.m. For more information, call 429-1608.

  • Weather - Dec. 9, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind around 5 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 16. South wind around 5 mph, becoming calm.

    Sunny, with a high near 42. West wind around 5 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 17.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

  • In Brief - Local News - Dec. 9, 2011

    Optic staff and The Associated Press

    PNM will delay closing
    of payment centers

    The state’s largest electricity provider is holding off a plan to close walk-in payment centers while state regulators examine it.

    The move comes after the Public Regulation Commission heard testimony Wednesday from PNM and customers at a meeting in Albuquerque.

    PNM announced recently that it was planning to close payments centers just before Christmas but now says it will wait until March 31.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 9, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Nov. 29 and Dec. 5:

  • State sending artifact back to Peru

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — An ancient Peruvian artifact in the form of a monkey’s head given to the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe in 1995 is heading back home.

    The small gold pendant measuring 1-3/4 inches high by 2-1/4 inches wide was to be “repatriated” Thursday during a ceremony at Peru’s embassy in Washington.

    The small bead has been the subject of controversy amid allegations that it was looted from an archaeological site in Peru.

  • Police ask for help with investigation

    New Mexico State Police say a body discovered in Mora County on Nov. 2 is that of a 47-year-old  man reported missing from Colorado in 2010.

    The state Office of the Medical Investigator has identified the body as Paul E. Vigil, who was reported missing from Denver in October 2010.

  • Report: Concerns raised earlier

    Two city of Las Vegas employees raised red flags about the ill-fated sewer and effluent line project prior to the May 18 trench collapse that killed two city workers, but those concerns were largely ignored, a state Occupational Health and Safety Bureau investigation has found.

  • 100 and counting

    Elizabeth Eubanks hit a huge milestone in her life on Nov. 30 — she turned 100. The intelligent and gentle soul was born in 1911 in Kansas to her late parents Roy and Mable Gardner, participants in the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893.

    “Everyone I met has been nice,” Eubanks said during a recent interview in her Las Vegas home. “I stopped counting my birthdays.”

  • Battle over cell tower brewing

    A recently installed 60-foot cell tower on private property in Mora County’s Chacon Valley has area residents crying foul and the owner of the property threatening to go to court to force La Jicarita Telephone Cooperative to remove it.

  • Entire state hit by arctic blast

    By Russell Contreras
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico continued Tuesday to deal with the aftermath of a severe winter blast as more schools closed and the southern part of the state saw closed highways and weather related car pileups.

    Motorists sought emergency shelter overnight as state officials closed both directions of Interstate 40 from Albuquerque to Gallup — part of the historic Route 66 — after blowing snow caused near-zero visibility.