Local News

  • Allsup’s robbery lands man in jail

    A Las Vegas man arrested in September for robbing the Allsup’s on Seventh Street returned to the store early Monday morning and robbed it again, a court document states.

    Nicholas Leyba, 23, of the 700 block of Dalbey Drive, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County jail on Monday. He is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and tampering with evidence, according to court documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

  • Water shortage could impact chile crop

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — An expected dry growing season could hurt the chile crop in southern New Mexico.

    There's a shortage of river water in Doña Ana County and a lack of a good groundwater supply in the Hatch area. Growers also say they’re leaning toward planting cotton instead because of the water outlook. Cotton takes less water. Hatch vegetable farmer Jerry Franzoy says cotton looks especially favorable because it’s experiencing a market boom this year.

  • ‘We have a responsibility to act’

    By Ben Feller
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — Vigorously defending American attacks in Libya, President Barack Obama declared Monday night that the United States intervened to prevent a slaughter of civilians that would have stained the world’s conscience and “been a betrayal of who we are” as Americans. Yet he ruled out targeting Moammar Gadhafi, warning that trying to oust him militarily would be a mistake as costly as the war in Iraq.

  • Water rate hike on horizon

    Customers on the city of Las Vegas water system should prepare to pay five times what they currently pay for water, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is warning.

    “The bottom line is people better expect a rate increase,” Ortiz said Thursday evening during a public meeting where city consultants outlined tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements being considered for the city’s water system.

  • Fiesta de la Hispanidad

    Music, comedy and dance once again filled the stage during the 17th annual Fiesta de La Hispanidad Saturday evening at Ilfeld Auditorium. This year’s line up included students from Los Niños Elementary and popular accordionist Antonia Apodaca.

  • Murder charge filed against wife

    A 45-year-old Las Vegas woman has been booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on an open count of murder after she allegedly stabbed her husband multiple times at a home on the 1400 block of Salazar Street Friday morning.

    Susana Aguilar is also being charged with one count of tampering with evidence, Las Vegas police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    Her husband, 48-year-old Michael Martinez, died at the home.

  • East board wants school chief by May

    Newly elected Las Vegas City Schools board members Gloria Lovato-Pacheco, Ricky Serna and Felix Alderete were sworn in during a marathon meeting on Tuesday.

    Alderete was elected board president, Serna vice president and former board president Gabriel Lucero was named secretary.

  • In Brief

    From Optic Staff and Wire

    Middleton fire fully contained
    GALLINAS — Authorities say a fire burning in the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico is fully contained after charring about 100 acres.

    Forest officials say the so-called Middleton fire began Monday night. It’s believed to have been started by a downed power line.

    The blaze has been burning ponderosa pine and mixed conifer about three miles northwest of Gallinas near Evergreen Valley.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Monday, Nov. 11 — Two well-known Las Vegas educators were injured Saturday night on South Highway 85 when their car reportedly hit a parked car near Las Vegas. Mrs. Ruth Shaffer, Robertson High School English teacher, was transferred to an Albuquerque hospital today in uncertain condition. St. Anthony's Hospital reported that Miss Mary Fulgenzi, recently retired as girls' counselor at Robertson, is in good condition there.

  • Looking Ahead

    Learn about native plants Sunday

    An interpretive talk on “New Mexico Native Plants and Sustainable Design” by Judith Phillips. will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, located on Highway 281 east of Las Vegas. For more information, call Linda Kelly at 454-9452 or Jan Arrott at 454-6115.