Local News

  • County ordinance hailed as model

    San Miguel County’s wind energy ordinance is being hailed by two national groups as a model for other communities.

    The ordinance has been selected for inclusion in the Successful Communities Online Toolkit by the A. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute, Planning and Zoning supervisor Alex Tafoya told commissioners Tuesday. He also noted that it’s the only wind ordinance to be included in the toolkit.

    “It’s nice to be recognized as having something that’s considered a best practice,” Tafoya said.

  • Looking Back - August 12, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Aug. 11 — Late yesterday evening death ended the brief existence of the baby girl found Wednesday night on the doorstep of Geraldo Flores’ home on the West side. Maria Figueroa, a young woman 25 years of age, has confessed ... that she is the mother of the child. She told the sheriff also that Tomas Flores, son of the man at whose house the baby was discovered, is the father of the infant. The girl was placed under arrest today. She and young Flores probably will be arraigned in a justice court on a charge of murder.

  • Looking Ahead - News August 12, 2011

    People’s Faire is this weekend
    The 33rd consecutive Las Vegas People’s Faire will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, at Carnegie Library Park. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. In addition to food venders and festivities, this year the fair will host some 50 artists, craftspeople and non-profit groups.

  • Weather - August 12, 2011

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. North wind 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 59. South wind 5 mph, becoming north.

    Showers and thunderstorms likely with heavy rain possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.


  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas remains in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open if they are using recycled water.

  • Block loses spot as Public Regulation Commission vice chair

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has voted to remove embattled Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. from his vice chairman’s post.
    The vote came Thursday during a regular meeting in Santa Fe. Block did not attend the meeting.

  • Sewage as drinking water?

    By Angela K. Brown
    The Associated Press

    FORT WORTH, Texas  — In parched West Texas, it’s often easier to drill for oil than to find new sources of water.

    So after years of diminishing water supplies made even worse by the second-most severe drought in state history, some communities are resorting to a plan that might have seemed absurd a generation ago: turning sewage into drinking water.

  • Man charged with 8th DWI

    When officer Sammy Clouthier came upon the silver Dodge Ram parked in the middle of Bond Street in Wagon Mound shortly before 7 p.m. last Wednesday he activated his red emergency lights and went to see what the problem was.

    Clouthier, an officer with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s Motor Transportation Police, ended up taking John Apodaca, 53, of the 1100 block of Railroad Avenue in Wagon Mound, into custody on a drunken driving charge.

    It wasn’t Apodaca’s first drunken driving arrest. Or his second. Or even his third.

  • $100K needed for new city incinerator

    By Amanda Skotchdopole
    For the Optic

    The city of Las Vegas has been cremating animals euthanized at its shelter for years, but that practice changed recently when it learned that its incinerator was no longer safe to operate.

    The incinerator, which is used as a crematory for both euthanized animals and roadkill, has been out of commission for three months.

    The determination that the incinerator is no longer safe to operate came from NCE-Crawford-Emcotek, the company that manufactured it.

  • Moving Day

    After being closed for a year for a major expansion that never happened, West Las Vegas’ Tony Serna Elementary is getting set to reopen.

    Although the expansion fell through, the district replaced sewer lines that had collapsed, renovated bathrooms throughout the school and painted classrooms.

    The school’s kitchen is currently being gutted and redone, and the Public School Facilities Authority recently announced that the district would be receiving money for a roof project at Tony Serna.