Local News

  • Power outage caused by pole fire

    An electrical pole fire caused 2,134 Las Vegas customers to be without power for several hours on Saturday night.

    Valerie Smith, a spokesperson with Public Service Company of New Mexico, said lightning caused the pole fire, leading the the outage that started around 9 p.m. The pole was on South Grand Avenue near Alamo.

  • Looking Back - July 4, 2012

    In 1912

    Saturday July 6 — Some more lucky than others. The attorney general says the city commission may have salaries. Also included are probate judges, provided the appropriate legislation passes, according to Sect. 1 of Article X of the New Mexico Constitution.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 4, 2012

    It’s fiesta time

    The Fourth of July Fiestas parade begins at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Second Street and Mills Avenue and ends at Plaza Park, where a special veterans program will follow. Entertainment at the park runs from Friday through Sunday.

  • Weather - July 4, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

  • FYI - News - July 4, 2012

    Fire restrictions remain in effect for San Miguel County. All open burns including fireworks are prohibited at this time. If there is a need for an open burn it must be inspected and approved by your local fire department .
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    In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, the Optic will be closed today but will reopen on Thursday.

  • City moratorium delayed

    Oil and gas drilling once again took center stage at this past Wednesday’s City Council meeting, this time after the city attorney proposed another moratorium on it within city limits.

    City Attorney Dave Romero said the city’s previous moratorium on permits for oil, gas and geothermal drilling, exploration and extraction has expired.

    He said the ordinance proposed would continue the moratorium until the city is able to finalize rules for the activity.

  • Prayers for Rain
  • Vacant building law to get rewrite

    City staff and the community planner helping them retool the city’s vacant building ordinance conceded Thursday that they’ll need to go back to the drawing board to come up with a more workable law.

    “The ordinance will look very different than what you see tonight, which is based on the current ordinance,” said community planner Charlie Deans, with the firm Community by Design. “It’s a major rewrite.”

  • Woman warns of possible scam

    An area woman is warning Las Vegas resident to beware of a possible scam she almost fell victim to.

    Maria Gonzales said she received a call on her cell phone last week from someone informing her she won $400,000 and a 2012 Tahoe. The catch: they wanted her to wire $898 to a person she didn’t know so that she could collect the money.

    Gonzales, who contacted the Optic Thursday afternoon, said she told the man on the phone that she was poor and didn’t have the money. He suggested she borrow it.

  • No one-size-fits-all approach to wooing Hispanic voters

     By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — In New Mexico, Tomasita Maestas says she will pick the presidential candidate who has the best plan to fix education and the economy.

    In Arizona, Mexican immigrant Carlos Gomez backs Republican Mitt Romney because he’s more conservative on social issues than his Democratic opponent.