Local News

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 30, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Man accused of shooting dog

    A Roswell man accused of shooting his family’s dog was arrested on an animal cruelty charge.

    KRQE-TV reported that 25-year-old Robert Youngblood shot his family’s 2-year-old pit bull mix in the leg on Saturday. The dog, whose name is Spike, survived the shooting.

    The bullet went through the dog’s leg and missed bones and arteries.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 30, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Dec. 21 and Dec. 28:

    Jason Williams, 27, aggravated stalking
    Marcos Carrillo, 34, contempt of court.
    Juan Maes, 58, failure to report to parole officer, failure to obtain travel permit
    Antonio Goke, 19, false imprisonment, battery and assault
    Brant Roybal, 21, aggravated burglary
    Crystal Quihuis, 24, failure to pay fines, failure to register for DUI school

  • Looking Back - Dec. 30, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, Dec. 30 — The costumes for the big masquerade ball to be given Monday evening by the East Las Vegas firemen arrived today from Denver and are on display in the Coors building, Sixth and Lincoln. The room will be kept open tonight, Sunday and Monday, and those who desire costumes should purchase early. There is a wide variety from which to choose.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 30, 2011

    Polar plunge this Sunday

    Every year, for 15 years, a dedicated group has jumped into the frigid waters of Storrie Lake, often times alongside floating chunks of ice, to bring in the new year. This year, of course, is no exception. The 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place at noon on Sunday, New Year’s Day, at Storrie Lake just north of Las Vegas. The public is invited to attend and, if you are so inclined, make the jump yourself.

  • Weather - Dec. 30, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind around 5 mph.Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. West wind around 10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24.

    New Year’s Day
    Sunny, with a high near 41. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunny. High near 46 and a low around 24.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 30, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    U.S. targets laundering
    WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration has hit two men with sanctions for allegedly laundering money on behalf of Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.

    The move blocks any assets in the U.S. belonging to Lebanese-Colombian nationals Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly and Mohamad Zouheir El Khansa, and blocks Americans from doing business with them.

  • Book: Petraeus urged to quit

    By Kimberly Dozier
    AP Intelligence Writer

    WASHINGTON — Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus was urged to resign as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama’s decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider’s look at Petraeus’ 37-year Army career.

  • Unemployment claims rise

    By Christopher S. Rugaber
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week after three weeks of decline.

    Even with the gain, applications remained at a level consistent with modest hiring. And the broader trend over the past month suggests job growth could pick up further in the new year.

    Weekly applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 381,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

  • Two crowned as Miss Las Vegas and Miss San Miguel County

    Submitted to the Optic

    Kayla Gonzales, 18, won the title of Miss Las Vegas 2012 and DeAnna Jerge, 18, won the title of Miss San Miguel County 2012 at the 10th Annual Miss Las Vegas/Miss San Miguel County Scholarship Pageant.

    The pageant was earlier this month at West Las Vegas High School.

    Gonzales attends New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College. She sang “Better in Time” by Leona Lewis for her talent. She will promote a platform of Juvenile Diabetes “Fighting for a Cure” as Miss Las Vegas.

  • ‘Processed’ school foods criticized

    Las Vegas City School board member Gloria Lovato-Pacheco took a stand for healthful meals during a recent board meeting. She was the only “no” vote to award contracts for cafeteria food service products to several vendors.

    In doing so, she said she wants fewer processed items being served to the district’s students.