Local News

  • Wells crucial to city water system

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic continues its series on the city’s water problems. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    The year was 1981, and a lack of precipitation over the previous year was forcing PNM to pump four of its wells at Taylor Well Field for about half of the roughly two million gallons of water a day Las Vegas was using at the time.

  • Mom who fled facing new charges

    The bitter custody dispute between a Serafina woman and the father of her two children has taken another turn.

    Rebecca Montoya, who is awaiting trial on two counts of custodial interference, now stands accused of aggravated stalking and four counts of filing a false report.

  • Pink day
  • County praised for moratorium

    San Miguel County Commissioners were thanked Tuesday for appointing a task force to develop an oil and gas ordinance for the county and for enacting and extending a temporary moratorium on oil and gas development.

    The thank you came in the form of a letter signed by more than 100 San Miguel County residents and presented to commissioners during last week’s meeting by Brad Turk, who lives on Las Dispensas Road.

  • Contract for city street work led to dispute

    The Oct. 6 altercation between Oren Mathews and Miguel Melendez followed a roller coaster procurement process for materials for the city’s Cutler repaving project, which is nearly complete.

    At least two dozen city streets were targeted for work, and the city issued a call for bids for material for the project in August.

    Mathews’ Rocky Road Gravel was the low bidder on the project, and city staff during a special meeting in September recommended that the contract be awarded to that company.

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 19, 2011

    City Council meeting today

    The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today, Oct. 19, at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave. 

  • Weather - Oct. 19, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 36. North wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind 5-15 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 37.

    Sunny, with a high near 72.Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Sunny, with a high near 68. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37.

  • FYI - News

    City of Las Vegas utility customers can pay their bills at City Hall. The payment center at City Hall, 1700 North Grand, has re-opened and will be accepting payments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, but will be closed during the lunch hour. The payment center is for payments only. Payments can still be made. at the Utility Department on 12th Street from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including through the lunch hour.

  • Cowboy up
  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 19, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Earthquake strikes near lab
    SANTA FE — A magnitude 3.8 earthquake has struck around 20 miles from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The U.S. Geological Survey says the light temblor hit after 10:30 a.m. on Monday. It was centered nine miles north of Santa Fe and hit around 19 miles southeast of Los Alamos National Laboratory. It also had a depth of around .7 miles.

    There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.