Local News

  • State workers may be owed $20M

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — About 11,000 state workers are entitled to retroactive pay increases because former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration didn’t follow union contracts in distributing money provided by the Legislature four years ago, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

  • Advocates plan suit over education

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A coalition of civil rights groups say they plan to sue the state of New Mexico for failing to close the achievement gap between Latino and white students.

    The Latino Education Task Force was scheduled Sunday to announce the details of its challenge at a press conference at Albuquerque High School.

    The group says it has enlisted the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund to help.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 13, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Aug. 13 — The activity at the FAA Flight Service station at the Las Vegas airport continues to increase, and August may well set a record. During the week ending Aug. 11, the station reports having contacted 340 aircraft by radio, rendered 92 airport advisory services, had 39 flight plans filed; delivered 40 pre-flight pilot briefings and 31 in-flight weather briefings.

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 13, 2012

    More water rate hike meetings

    The city continues to hold public meetings on the proposed rate hikes. The next meeting, for commercial customers, will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. A meeting for residential customers will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, also at City Hall.

  • Weather - August 13, 2012

    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Light southeast wind becoming south 10-15 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. South wind 5-10 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

  • GOP looks to distinguish Romney from Ryan budget

    By Kasie Hunt and Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press
    MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Mitt Romney’s campaign sought to put some distance Sunday between the presidential candidate and his new running mate’s controversial budget proposals, even as Paul Ryan’s selection energized Republican voters and Romney himself.

    But President Barack Obama’s campaign made clear they planned to aggressively cast Ryan’s budget as outside the mainstream — and argue that Romney now owns that plan, too.

  • Board issues rules to confront opioid abuse

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Medical Board passed new rules calling for doctors and patients to get more education about the perils of prescription painkillers.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that doctors who are licensed by the board and have a federal prescriber’s license for opioids to take five hours of continuing education about pain management before June 30, 2014, and five hours of training before each license renewal after that.

  • ‘Smack City’ smackdown

    Federal and state law enforcement officers swooped in on helicopters and black SUVs at daybreak Wednesday and with the help of local police began executing a series of arrest and search warrants in Las Vegas.

    The event marked the culmination of a 10-month multi-agency investigation dubbed “Operation Smack City.” Officers were able to take most of their suspects into custody without incident, although two suspects remained at large as of press time.

  • Over The Edge V: Frack You

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    The Nat Gold Players, melding with Clearly Confused Productions, provide yet another local spoof, as emcee Karyl Lyne puts it, “poking fun at you, you, you and us!”

    Cyn Riley and the performers’ combined genius again point out the foibles of our locals — everything from “what’s happened to what’s happening” in our area, set in the local radio station, renamed Por Que Fun Radio, which mysteriously loses its N, making it Por Que FU Radio for the occasion.


  • Water hikes worry some businesses

    Restaurant owner Josephine Martinez had just one question for city officials following their presentation on proposed water rate increases: How much can the people of Las Vegas afford?

    Martinez, owner of Pancho’s Roadside Cafe, said that as a business owner, she has no choice but to pass on increases on food costs to customers, and she’ll have no choice but to up her prices when the proposed city water rate hikes kick in.