Local News

  • Local News in Brief - Aug. 22, 2011

    Las Vegas Optic

    Bear seen Friday in Old Town

    Another bear sighting made for some excitement around the Bridge Street and River Walk area on Friday.

    Authorities were searching for a bear in the area late Friday morning.

    Merchants in the area reported that Bridge was even closed for a while as authorities tried to track down the bear.

  • Zoo lion dies

    The Associated Press

    A 9-year-old male mountain lion has died at an Albuquerque zoo.

    Officials at the ABQ BioPark Zoo say “Alfalfa” was under treatment and observation for a heart condition that was detected in an annual physical in March.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 22, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, Aug. 26 — Completion of the scenic highway from Las Vegas to Santa Fe is one of the things that confidently may be expected to occur during the early days of New Mexico’s membership in the sisterhood of states. It is persistently rumored that the coming fall and winter will see large gangs of convicts, under the direction of territorial engineers, busily engaged in pushing the road across the range into Santa Fe County. Foundation for the rumor is said to lie in official sources...

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 22, 2011

    Circus coming to town

    The American Crown Circus will be in Las Vegas this evening, Monday Aug. 22. Shows will be at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m. at the Zamora Events center on U.S. 85. Tickets are $16 for adults and for children 12 and older. Two children, under age 12, get in free with each paid adult ticket. Additional children get in for $5 each.

  • Weather - Aug. 22, 2011

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind around 5 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 59.


  • 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.

  • Planning for doomsday

    Current water restrictions have kept area residents from watering their lawns and washing their cars, but those restrictions pale in comparison to the water rationing that would occur under a drought contingency and emergency response plan being proposed.

  • East rings in new year with change

    Las Vegas City Schools interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez had a summer filled with long hours in her office, all with a mission of making this school year a huge success for the east side district.

    “I think it is going to be a great year,” McNellis-Martinez said. “I cannot help but believe it will be a positive year for the kids.”

  • Case against pastor dropped

    The District Attorney’s Office has decided not to retry a Las Vegas pastor who had been accused of sexually abusing a young family member, determining it does not have the evidence to convict him at trial.

  • Pot, still land man behind bars

    The Region IV Narcotics Task Force arrested a Buena Vista man last week for allegedly growing marijuana at his ranch and selling homemade liquor.

    Charlie Weber, 57, who lives on Highway 161, has been charged with manufacturing less than 100 pounds of marijuana, distribution of marijuana and with the unauthorized manufacture, possession or sale of alcohol. All three of the charges are fourth-degree felonies. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.