Local News

  • Candidates try to set selves apart

    With the municipal elections just two weeks away, the eight candidates vying to be mayor sought to differentiate themselves during Monday evening’s mayoral forum sponsored by the Optic.

    Chris Lopez described himself as the only candidate running for mayor who has actually created jobs by investing his own money back in the community, and he pledged that, if elected, he would donate his $10,000 mayoral salary back to the city.

  • Fighting Hunger

    It’s a fitting way to raise money to help feed the hungry.

    United World College students and other community members have spent months making bowls. During the Empty Bowls Luncheon this Saturday, those bowls will be filled with nourishment.

    Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger.

    The event raises money for the Las Vegas Soup Kitchen and Casa de Samaritan Shelter. The fundraiser takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen at National and Eighth.

  • Bicyclist hurt after crashing into car

    A 39-year-old bicyclist sustained head injuries Saturday evening when a pizza delivery driver cut her off on Seventh Street, causing her to crash, according to state police.

    The bicyclist has been identified as Rebecca Barefoot, 39. She was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital by ambulance.

    The extent of Barefoot’s injuries is unclear. State police Lt. Craig Martin said the report mentioned only that she sustained head injuries. Also, federal privacy laws prohibit hospitals from discussing patients.

  • State proposed Medicaid overhaul

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is proposing to overhaul the Medicaid program but there will be no changes in who’s eligible to receive medical services and no cuts in rates paid to health care providers.

    Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier on Tuesday outlined the proposed revisions, which will require federal government approval.

    One of the goals is to slow the rate of growth in the program, which accounts for 16 percent of the state budget.

  • Party Plaza tabbed SBDC success story of 2011

    By Melissa Gold

    Le Pop Kettle Corn LLC, started out as the dream of a young entrepreneur who believed he had the attributes it would take to own his own business.

    In November of 2008, Jonathan Gutierrez decided the time was right to go for his dream and contacted the Las Vegas Small Business Development Center for assistance. The SBDC helped Gutierrez develop a business plan and also linked him to Help NM and Acción NM for assistance with funding.

    Gutierrez has come a long way since first opening his business in 2009.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 22, 2012

    In 1935

    Saturday, Feb. 23 — The bureau of public roads, collaborating with the Las Vegas chamber of commerce, is arranging to plant trees along highway 85 from the city limits north of town to the Storrie project canal and the junction of state highway No. 3 in keeping with the plan of beautification of highways. A.A. Blinks, landscape engineer with the state highway department, was in Las Vegas Thursday investigating the situation and attempting to determine what water sources might be employed for watering the trees.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 22, 2012

    AAUW book sale starts Friday

    The American Association of University Women will host a used book sale this Friday and Saturday. There is a huge selection of all kinds of books and used CDs, DVDs and tapes. The book sale is held at the NMHU Student Center lobby, from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Weather - Feb. 22, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32. West wind around 15 mph.

    A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.

    Sunny, with a high near 47. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 22, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Anti-corruption bill signed by Gov.

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law legislation that could require public officials convicted of corruption-related crimes to give back to the state their salaries and forfeit their accrued state pension benefits.

    The new law takes effect May 16.

    The former prosecutor said in a statement the measure sends a message that corruption in New Mexico will not stand.

  • Latinos speaking out

    By Russel Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — When Honduran-born Antonella Cecilia Packard converted to the Mormon Faith 20 years ago, she said it was like “coming home.”

    The Catholic-educated Packard, who grew up in “the middle of Mayan ruins,” appreciated the faith’s strong sense of family and conservative values. She also saw her own history in the Book of Mormon with stories of migrations, tragedies and triumphs of a people many Mormons believe are the ancestors of some present-day Latinos.