Local News

  • Polar Bear Plungers keep their cool

    Dozens of area residents got their new year off to a joltingly refreshing start Sunday by wading into the chilly waters of Storrie Lake for the annual Polar Bear Plunge.

    In a sign of the times, the event was relocated from its usual spot along the boat dock to an area several hundred yards down the shoreline. Philip Romero, a longtime organizer of the Plunge, said the diminished water levels at the lake and specifically around the dock made the move necessary.

  • Quintana hearing slated for next week

    A decision on whether to toss the case against the former Robertson High School teacher accused of carrying on a yearslong sexual relationship with a student could be made within a week.

    Judge George Eichwald, who is presiding over the case, has scheduled a motion hearing for Jan. 10.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 4, 2012

    In 1935

    Wednesday, Jan. 2 — Triplet sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Harlington Z. Ballard, Monday morning, December 31 are the first ever officially recorded in San Miguel County and according to local physicians may be the first on birth records in New Mexico since mortality statistics were first taken in 1918. Dr. William H. Howe, physician attending the mother who is at the home of Mrs. Ballard’s sister, Mrs. Emory G. Brim at the Lucas ranch on Hot Springs boulevard, reported this morning that Mrs. Ballard and the three sturdy sons are doing splendidly.

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 4, 2012

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Hello, Snow!” by Hope Vestergaard. The theme for the month is “It’s Snow Time!” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Jan. 4, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Northwest wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

  • Local museum to host several Centennial events

    Submitted to the Optic

    To commemorate the Centennial of New Mexico statehood in 2012 the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection will be offering programs each month.  Under the general series Centennial Adventures there will be family programs called Crafting the Centennial and scholarly discussions called Museum Cafes.

  • Top stories of 2011

    It was, tragically, a year for deaths. Two worksite fatalities, at a city trench on the outskirts of town, took the lives of two city employees — Gene Hern and Frank Romero. And other well-known area residents lost their lives in multiple ways — Henry Sanchez to an apparent heart attack, Fabian Trujillo in a traffic accident, Sherry Anne Clancy in a brutal homicide, and Miranda Serna in a faraway plane crash.

  • Notable Quotables

    “If you want to have local people benefit from enhanced tourism and some of these activities, we have to help local people take advantage of that.” — Consultant Elmo Baca, in January, responding to the comment that people in Las Vegas don’t want to be another Santa Fe or Taos.

  • For New Mexico, 2011 was a year of extreme weather

    By Jeri Clausing
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was a year of extremes for New Mexico, with dramatic weather dominating the headlines from start to finish in 2011.

    The year began with a deep freeze that plunged the state into a subzero tundra for several days, leaving an estimated 32,000 homes and businesses without natural gas. The double whammy of record cold temperatures and the natural gas shortage cost insurance companies more than $55 million in claims.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 1. 2012

    In 2011