Local News

  • Western states edging toward recovery

    By Cristina Silva
    The Associated Press

    A new report says unemployment is down across six Western states and the region’s housing market is no longer in a free fall in the latest signs that the West’s economy is recovering.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 16, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Dec. 6 and Dec. 13:
    Michael Maestas, 27, positive UA
    Michael Shivers, 50, battery on a household member, interference with communication, larceny
    Carlos Trujillo, 29, failure to appear on a suspended/ revoked driver’s license charge
    Kathy Bigfeather, 38, battery
    Eugene Archuleta, 29, failure to pay fines for littering
    Josephine Tafoya, 35,  larceny

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 16, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Lawmaker assailed for comment
    SANTA FE — A black Democratic state representative is under fire after she called New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez a “Mexican” during a heated exchange with a Republican state lawmaker.

    Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton made the comment Wednesday during a State Capitol committee meeting break where she accused Rep. Nora Espinoza of “carrying the Mexican’s water on the fourth floor.”

  • Middle class shrinking

    By Hope Yen
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.

    The latest census data depict a middle class that’s shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government’s safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families.

  • Theater group putting on first performance

    Submitted to the Optic

    “Reflections of Alice,” an original play created by Clearly Confused Productions, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday in the band room at Robertson High School.

    The play is a different perspective of Alice, taking themes from the books “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through The Looking Glass.”

  • Ojitos Frios still struggling

    Jack and Betty Thompson had planned to live out their golden years in the peaceful Ojitos Frios subdivision surrounded by good neighbors, beautiful views and tranquility.

    That was before their well ran dry.

    Before the value of their home plummeted to next to nothing.

    Before their neighbors started abandoning their homes.

  • Challenging cleanup

    City of Las Vegas crews spent Thursday and part of Friday cleaning out three properties on the 800 block of Pecos Street as part of the ongoing effort to tackle nuisance properties throughout the city.

    The adjoining properties — 803, 805 and 807 Pecos Street — were piled high with debris, and covered in animal feces and rodent droppings, said City Attorney Dave Romero.

  • Tempers flare over applications

    The impasse over whether the city should apply for $4.4 million in state funding to pay for two water projects was resolved Monday with Mayor Alfonso Ortiz casting tie-breaking votes to move forward with the application process.

    But the votes followed a contentious discussion in which the mayor and city councilors Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore expressed bewilderment over the opposition to applying for the funds, and Utilities Director Ken Garcia accused Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron of trying to “undermine the application process.”

  • West board gets kudos for training

    The West Las Vegas School Board was recently recognized as the only board in the state with all five members receiving exemplary recognition.

    Board chairman Gary Gold, vice chair David Romero, secretary Christine Ludi and board members Henry Abeyta and Marvin Martinez accepted their awards during the New Mexico School Boards Association annual convention earlier this month.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 14, 2011

    In 1911