Local News

  • State: Illegal tire dumping on rise

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State environment officials say the illegal dumping of scrap tires is on the rise in New Mexico and they want the public’s help to stop the practice.

    The Environment Department’s Solid Waste Bureau says recent instances of tire dumping have occurred on both private and public lands.

    Tire dumps have been spotted on state land near Wagon Mound, near the Rio Puerco in Bernalillo County and on private property near Grants.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 30, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Sept.20 and Sept. 27:

    Doris Mares, 53, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia
    William Cook, 28, positive UA
    Richard Romero, 34, possession of controlled substance
    Amy Mares, 36, possession of controlled substance
    Lisa Lopez, 31, driving on suspended/ revoked driver’s license
    Christopher Trujillo, 20, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer

  • Looking Back - Sept. 30, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, September 30 — Harmony prevailed until the last expiring moment of the first Republican state convention, which was adjourned sine die at 3 o’clock this morning after having completed the nomination of the state ticket... An interesting feature of this session was the nomination of Secundino Romero for secretary of state by acclamation... Mr. Romero reiterated his previous statement that he had desired no courtesies since the nomination for the governorship had been refused him...

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 30, 2011

    Waterwise Garden Tour is Saturday

    A Waterwise Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1. Come to 1327 Fourth St. between 10 a.m. and noon to see what can be done without using potable city water. With intensive mulching and other permaculture techniques, the owners kept not only drought-tolerant plants but an “edible landscape” alive.

  • Weather - Sept. 30, 2011

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. West wind around 5 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.


  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is 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 as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Cantaloupe outbreak deadly

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Health officials say as many as 16 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths, are linked to the tainted fruit. State and local officials say they are investigating three additional deaths that may be connected.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 30, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Unser arrested for DWI
    ALBUQUERQUE — Al Unser Jr., a retired American race car driver and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, has been arrested on drunk driving and reckless driving charges.

    KRQE-TV reports that the 49-year-old was arrested Thursday morning in Albuquerque. Authorities say Unser was drag racing another car in his Suburban and was going over 100 miles per hour.

  • A water system in disrepair

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic begins a six-part series on the city’s water problems. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    When Public Service Company of New Mexico offered to hand over the water utility to the city of Las Vegas for $1 in the early 1980s, alarm bells went off in Alfonso Ortiz’s mind.

  • Bear captured on Harris Road

    Juan Ortiz and his family had a circus of a morning Monday, courtesy of a large bear that showed up in their yard on Harris Road.

    While feeding his pigs, lambs, chickens and other animals he spotted two New Mexico State Police officers with their guns drawn. He questioned their presence, and they informed him there was a big bear in the area.