Local News

  • 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

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 28, 2011

    Halloween party is Saturday

    Halloween party from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave., for children and youth. Entry fee $2 each plus one canned food item or one bag of candy. Free pizza and refreshments, games, prizes, music and more.

  • Weather - Oct. 28, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 53. East wind 5-15 mph becoming south. Clear Friday night, with a low around 33. South wind around 10 mph becoming west.

    Sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear Saturday night, with a low around 35.

    Sunny, with a high near 59. Mostly clear Sunday night, with a low around 34.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:19 a.m. to 6:10 p.m.

  • FYI - News

    State and city police, in conjuction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will provide the public with an opportunity to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday. The state police office, 301 Mills Ave., will accept prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    City police will collect medications from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Las Vegas Fire Department, 604 Legion Drive. They suggest removing identifying information.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 28, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Guard recruiter arrested in Clovis

    CLOVIS — A National Guard recruiter from Lubbock has been arrested in Clovis on suspicion of child solicitation.

    Curry County authorities say 44-year-old Jeffrey Jackson arrived at a decoy house in Clovis with a box of condoms for the purpose of having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Deputies then took the Texas man into custody.