Local News

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday April 12 — Governor William J. Mills and Territorial Engineer C.D. Miller were pleased with the progress being made on the construction of the Mora road. On a trip of inspection they visited the scene of the work, near Sapello, yesterday afternoon. They were accompanied by a representative crowd of Las Vegas men. The trip was made in automobiles. It was found the convicts have completed three miles of road in the canyon and have reached the top of the big hill not far from Sapello.

  • Looking Ahead

    Comedian to perform Friday

    Stand-up comedian Gary Owen will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for general admission. Admission is free for Highlands University  students with ID. Faculty and staff tickets are $2. The Highlands Office of Campus Life is sponsoring the event.

  • Weather

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. West wind 15-20 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Windy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly clear and windy at night, with a low around 27.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

  • FYI - News

    Area residents insured by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico should prepare for sticker shock. State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini has approved a double-digit rate increase for the insurance company last week. The rate increase will average 21 percent and affects an estimated 40,000 people, according to The Associated Press.

  • Water emergency declared

    The Las Vegas City Council unanimously declared a state of emergency due to extreme drought conditions on Friday, and city officials announced that  Stage IV water restrictions banning all outdoor watering are now in effect.

    According to the city's resolution, the Gallinas River — the city's main water source — “will most likely not have enough flow to support the city's needs this summer and in the future because of the present drought conditions.”

  • Kidnapping captivated Las Vegans

    The two Colt six-shooters are relics of a bygone era and of a sensational kidnapping case that “stirred the city  to its foundation” a century ago.

    The kidnapping of 2-year-old Waldo Rogers from his home near the Highlands University campus generated relentless media attention with coverage in the New York Times and daily updates in the Optic.

  • Gov. signs budget legislation

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law on Friday a package of financial measures, including a budget allocating $5.4 billion next year for public education and general government programs.

    The budget, as signed, will cut state spending by nearly 3 percent, or $156 million, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

  • Crack dealer gets 18-year sentence

    The Las Vegas Man convicted in February of trafficking crack cocaine has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

    District Judge Eugenio Mathis imposed the sentence on Michael Strand Sr., 52, on March 21. He was sentenced as a repeat drug trafficker.

    In August 2001, another San Miguel County jury found Strand guilty of trafficking cocaine and possession of heroin. 

  • Vegas woman wins $50,000 in lottery

    Las Vegas resident Debra Roybal couldn’t help but wake her parents on Tuesday night to share the news that she had won what she thought was a $5,000 prize playing the lottery.

    As she was watching the T.V. news, Roybal discovered that she had won a large prize playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Casino Crossword” Scratcher. Thinking she had nine complete words to win $5,000, Roybal decided to wake up her parents and share the news.

    They trumped her story.

  • Three former Highlands players charged

    Three former Highlands University baseball players have been charged in connection with a drug raid on a house on the 1900 block of New Mexico Avenue.

    Greg Fowler, 22, was charged with possession of Ecstasy, a fourth-degree felony.  Nicolas Nuñez, 23, has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a petty misdemeanor. Justin Kaid, 23, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Fowler, Nuñez and Kaid are from California.