Local News

  • Mayor picks Martinez

    Seven months after Mayor Alfonso Ortiz tapped Elmer Martinez to serve as acting city manager, the mayor is looking to make the appointment permanent.

    A special City Council meeting to act on the mayor’s appointment was scheduled for Tuesday evening, after this edition went to press.

    “He has done a good job,” Ortiz told the Optic during a telephone interview Monday.

    Indeed, Martinez has drawn praise regularly from Ortiz and members of the City Council since he stepped into the city’s top administrative role in June.

  • A new regent
  • Man accused of shooting at brother

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 60-year-old Mora County man is facing a felony charge of shooting at or from a motor vehicle after he allegedly got upset with his brother on Saturday and fired a pistol at his brother’s truck as it was driving away.

    No one was injured in the shooting, but Louie C. Vigil was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $7,000 cash bond.

  • Apology issued to Rio Gallinas staff

    The West Las Vegas School board and Rio Gallinas School have settled their differences, or so it appeared during a board meeting late last week.

    In December, several West board members questioned expenditures at the school during a board meeting. They also requested the charter school to keep them abreast of their actions.

    During the December meeting, board member Marvin Martinez said he was surprised with several actions taking place at the charter school. Board member Christine Ludi echoed Martinez’s sentiments.

  • Governor unveils budget proposal

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday unveiled a nearly $6.3 billion spending plan for growing New Mexico’s economy and expanding education initiatives, but her administration echoed the warning of lawmakers that falling oil prices could keep chipping away at the money the state has to spend.

  • Two APD officers charged with murder

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two Albuquerque police officers were charged with murder Monday in the shooting death of a knife-wielding homeless man that led to violent protests and brought new scrutiny to the police department amid a federal investigation.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 14

    In 1965
    Monday, Jan. 11 — Square Deal Market, 611 South Pacific, received heavy damage in a fire Saturday morning. According to Assistant West Las Vegas Fire Chief George Arellanes, the fire was caused by an oil heater in the back of the store, and a load of flour, a load of beans and some furniture stored in the back of the store were burned while other parts of the store received heavy smoke and water damage. The alarm was turned in about 8:15. Fire also destroyed the Model Cleaners and Goldy’s Restaurant in the 1200 block of National Avenue.

  • Looking ahead - News - Jan. 14, 2015

    Luna candidates must file today
    Today (Jan. 14) is the deadline for individuals to file to run for three seats on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. District 2, District 4 and District 6 seats will be decided during the March 3 election. Candidates can file at the San Miguel County Clerk’s Office or at their own county clerk’s office.

  • Weather - Jan. 14, 2015

    A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11 a.m. Areas of freezing fog before 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Northeast wind around 5 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20. Southwest wind around 5 mph, becoming north in the evening.

    Sunny, with a high near 54. North wind around 5 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24.


  • FYI - News - Jan. 14, 2015

    The Santa Fe National Forest will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites and amenities on Monday to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Contact the Las Vegas Ranger District (425-3534) or the  Pecos Ranger District (757-6121) to find out which sites are open and will waive fees.