Local News

  • County ends fiscal year on good note

    A combination of increased revenues and conservative spending helped San Miguel County finish las fiscal year with about $300,000 more in its general fund account.

    Melinda Gonzales, who oversees the county’s finances, said that has left the county in a better position than it had been anticipating. The county had projected that it would begin the fiscal year with a $1.8 million cash balance in its general fund, but it actually had $2.1 million.

    The new fiscal year began July 1.

  • No tax on some buys this weekend

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico shoppers receive a tax break on purchases of some clothing, shoes, school supplies and computers starting Friday and continuing through the weekend.

  • Looking Back - August 1, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 1, 2012

    Relay for Life event is this weekend

    The Relay for Life event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday at the West High School football and track field. The event  raises money to battle cancer. Go to relayforlife.org/lasvegasnm for more information.

  • Weather - August 1, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 7 a.m., then isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Light south wind increasing to 5-10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.


  • Court awards nearly $3M in redistricting fees

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Taxpayers must pick up the tab for nearly $3 million in fees for attorneys who represented Democratic, Republican, Native American and Hispanic voter interests in redistricting trials, a New Mexico judge decided Monday.

    District Judge James Hall’s order covers lawyer fees for six groups that brought lawsuits over revamping political district boundaries for the Legislature, Congress and Public Regulation Commission.

  • In Brief - Local News - August 1, 2012

    Colorado man killed in crash

    A 53-year-old Colorado Springs man died Sunday after his Harley Davidson motorcycle crashed into a Jeep on NM 434  in Mora County.
    Coy Lee Miller was pronounced dead at the scene, state police Lt. Craig Martin said. Martin said Miller, who was driving the motorcycle, was traveling east and crossed the double yellow line, colliding into the passenger side of the Jeep.

    Shots fired at home on Sunday

  • 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.