Local News

  • Literacy advocates: past, present

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A collection of eye-and-mind-opening items punctuate the content of the Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico’s current exhibit titled “Literacy as the Written Word — Greater Las Vegas Area — 1820 to the Present.”

    A key aim of the event is to show that literacy was an issue and has been alive and well in New Mexico from the early land grant days during the 19th century through today.

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  • NM poll shows Obama with small lead

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A new statewide poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal shows President Barack Obama with a relatively small lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney and 8 percent of voters still undecided.

    The poll suggests that New Mexico’s presidential race may be more competitive than national pundits and polls have previously suggested.

    The Journal poll  published Sunday in a copyright story shows 45 percent of those surveyed backed Obama and 40 percent supported Romney.

  • Rule changes proposed on rogue officers

    The Associated Press

    A rule change that would immediately suspend the New Mexico certification of law enforcement officers charged with a felony has won unanimous support from a key panel.

    The state’s Law Enforcement Academy board voted last month to change the rule after a proposal by board member and Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz. His department has been embroiled in controversy because of the bad behavior of some members of his force.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 10, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Sept. 10 — An increase of 144 students in Las Vegas City Schools was recorded last Friday with a total enrollment of 2,588, according to Superintendent Tom Clark. Trammel Ford, principal of Robertson High School, said this morning that approximately 85 students who preregistered last spring have not yet reported for school. Robertson High shows the largest increase with 610 enrolled as of Friday, against 512 last year at that time.

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 10, 2012

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Chocolate-Covered Cookie” by Leslie Valdes. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Sept. 10, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

  • 90 pounds of pot seized

    A Kansas man driving through New Mexico with his 2-year-old son has been charged with two felonies after local authorities found an estimated 90 pounds of pot stashed inside his truck.

    Manuel Pinela Madrid, 22, of Kansas City, Kan., had the misfortune of being stopped by the same San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy twice in one day.

    Madrid, who was in a brown 2000 GMC Sonoma truck, was pulled over Saturday morning on Interstate 25 north of Las Vegas for not wearing a seatbelt.

  • For better nutrition - West says new food program a hit

    When students at West Las Vegas schools returned to the classroom last month they were greeted with a major change.

    A food service company is now providing the students with their daily dose of nutrition, and district officials said students seem to be happy with the change.

    “I’ve visited a few of the sites during lunch time and see the students are eating a lot,” said acting Superintendent Gene Parson.

  • Local man accused of indecent act

    A 41-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with indecent exposure for allegedly exposing himself outside of Armijo Elementary School last week.

    Steven Gallegos, who, according to court documents lives on 500 South Grand Ave., was arrested Tuesday on the charge, which is classified as a petty misdemeanor. Magistrate Philip Romero set his bond at $5,000 cash.

    The arrest warrant affidavit filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court states that the Las Vegas Police Department was called on Aug. 28 after a witness saw Gallegos masturbating in the parking lot.