Local News

  • Honoring a life cut short by cancer

    Kenn Rust hadn’t been feeling well for a few months, but everyone chalked his symptoms up to a cold or the flu.

    His gums had been bleeding, but that didn’t set off alarm bells either.

    Everyone assumed it was because of the dental work he had been having.

    Monique Roybal said that two days after her step-father, mother, Viola, and her older son returned home after spending Christmas with her here in Las Vegas, she got a call from her mother, who told her that Rust was getting worse.

  • Man who killed grandma sentenced

    The Las Vegas man accused of killing his grandmother in February 2010 was sentenced to prison last month.

    Ryan Garcia, 29, pleaded guilty earlier this year to voluntary manslaughter and to aggravated battery against a household member, both third-degree felonies. Under that plea agreement, Garcia was facing between six and nine years in prison.

  • Looking Back - August 3, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Aug. 6 — Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Las Vegas, which contributed seven scholarships, headed the list of donors to the Highlands University Scholarship Drive last week. The total number of scholarships contributed to date now is 51. The goal of the drive is 75. Other multiple donors to the fund last week included Murphy’s Drug Store, which contributed two scholarships, and the First National Bank in Las Vegas, which also gave two. 

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 3, 2012

    Concert kicks off Heritage Week 2012

    New Mexico Territorial Brass Band will kick off Heritage week this evening (Friday) with a concert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Plaza Park (rain location Traveler’s Cafe, 1814 Plaza). For more on Heritage Week events, see story on Page C8.

  • Weather - August 3, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. North wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • FYI - News - August 3, 2012

    Don’t forget that the state’s annual tax holiday kicks off today and continues through the weekend. No gross receipts tax is being imposed on certain clothing and shoes up to $100, computers costing $1,000 or less and computer hardware of $500 or less, such as printers. School supplies costing up to $15 are also tax free.

  • CASA gets $3,000 grant from foundation

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, has received a $3,000 grant from the New Mexico Children’s Foundation. This is the second year the Children’s Foundation has awarded $3,000 to CASA in Las Vegas.

    The funding will be used to recruit, train and retain volunteers who work with children who are living in foster care because of abuse or neglect. The program currently has 17 active volunteers, but more are needed.

  • A how-to guide on recycling in Vegas

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    Recycling is good for the environment, saves money and resources that would otherwise be used to haul trash to landfills.

    All recycling centers in the area provide on-site staff to answer questions and help unload recyclables from your vehicle. With seven recycling sites currently open across San Miguel County — including one outside the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, one on the Highlands University campus and one just off Airport Road —  there’s probably one closer than you think.

  • Report: Tax cheats getting paid by Medicaid

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Thousands of Medicaid health care service providers still got paid by the government even though they owed hundreds of millions of dollars in federal taxes, congressional investigators say. A legal technicality is making it harder for the IRS to collect.

  • In Brief - News - August 3, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    NM offers money to buy clothing

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says the state will provide a $1 million in assistance for low-income families to buy clothing for children returning to school.
    The governor announced Wednesday the clothing allowance will be $50 for each qualifying child between ages 6 and 18.
    The payments go to families enrolled in one of several social services programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash assistance.