Local News

  • Open government advocates welcome ruling

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Citizens have a right to access public records kept by an independent contractor on behalf of state or local governments in New Mexico, the state Court of Appeals ruled in a decision welcomed by open government advocates.

    The court’s ruling is important for preserving government transparency, particularly in an era when governments are privatizing many public services, Dolph Barnhouse, a lawyer for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government said Monday.

  • Relay for Life fundraiser set for West’s track field

    Submitted to the Optic

    Because cancer never sleeps, this Friday and Saturday, Las Vegas residents will come together to walk around the clock in the battle against cancer at Relay For Life of Las Vega s– a unique fundraising event held at West Las Vegas High School football and track field.

    This celebration of life will bring numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together for a unified effort to fight back against the disease.

  • Fired contractor wants $3.2M

    The construction company that had been overseeing the building of the New Mexico Highlands University student center until regents fired it in February is demanding payment of $3.2 million from the university.

    Makwa Builders LLC submitted its payment request on April 30, according to documents released to the Optic in response to a request under the state’s open records law.

    One of the key issues is the fact that the university fired Makwa by exercising the “termination for convenience” clause in the contract.

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  • Well giving less water than hoped

    A new well a city contractor has spent the better part of a year drilling will come online in August, but the amount of water city officials were hoping it would produce didn’t materialize.

    The well was drilled at the city’s Taylor Field as a replacement for Taylor Well No. 2. City Utilities Director Ken Garcia told the governor last week that the city was hoping it would produce 300 gallons per minute, roughly the same amount of water that is being produced by Taylor Well No. 4, the only other operable well it has that is producing drinkable water.

  • Colo. victims mourned at funerals in 3 states

    By Amanda Lee Myers
    The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A man who saved his girlfriend’s life at the Colorado movie shooting was remembered for his selfless sacrifice Saturday, while an aspiring sportscaster was praised for her boundless energy and an Air Force reservist as a good friend.

    The girlfriend who Matt McQuinn saved by taking three bullets aimed at her wept as pastors spoke of the senselessness of the shooting spree at the suburban Denver theater where 12 people were killed just more than a week ago.

  • Authority planning to scale back loans

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Cities, counties and other local governments could find it harder to get low-cost loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority during the next several months because of fallout from a scandal over a fake audit of the agency’s finances.

    The authority’s governing board reviewed a proposal Thursday for limiting a loan program that finances projects such as sewers, roads and other infrastructure in communities.

  • Looking Back - July 30, 2012

    In 1962

    Tuesday, July 31 — Two of four men who escaped from the State Mental Hospital at Las Vegas were captured Monday night. Bobby Millins, 21, and Robert Garrett, 30, were arrested in a downtown cafe after Millins telephoned his mother that he had escaped from the hospital and was in Albuquerque. Millins’ mother called police, and officers were sent to the cafe.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 30, 2012

    Public rate hike meetings begin Tuesday

    The city of Las Vegas will kick off its four community meetings on the proposed water and sewer rate hikes at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave. Tuesday’s meeting and one scheduled for 3 p.m. on Aug. 15 also at City Hall will focus on the proposed increases as they relate to residential customers. Public input meetings for commercial customers will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and  Aug. 14, both at Sininger Hall, 904 National Ave.

  • Weather - July 30, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Light and variable wind becoming south 10-15 mph in the morning. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 60. South wind 5-15 mph becoming east after midnight.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Light and variable wind becoming south 5-10 mph in the morning. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.