Local News

  • AG slow to take action against disciplined cops

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — At least 60 police officers statewide who have been disciplined by the departments they work for — some even fired — are still licensed to carry badges and guns according to the Albuquerque Journal.

    Staff at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, which certifies men and women to be police officers, say the state Attorney General’s Office has failed at making the state’s case for sanctions against officers’ certifications during administrative hearings.

  • Man faces child porn charges

    A child pornography investigation launched by the state Attorney General’s Office in February has resulted in multiple felony charges against a Las Vegas man.

  • On the front lines

    Normally when snowy and freezing conditions hit the Las Vegas area people like to stay home, drink hot chocolate and watch movies.

    New Mexico Department of Transportation crews don’t have that luxury. For them a winter storm means long hours, braving freezing temperatures and plowing through snow and ice to make the roads safe for motorists.

  • Workers at Luna might get raises

    Administrators at Luna Community College are recommending that the board of trustees approve a mid-year 2.25 percent cost of living increase for most of the college’s employees.

    Under the proposal, employees who have been at Luna since at least 2009 would get the full 2.25 percent increase. Those hired later would get less.

    The board took no action on the proposal but could vote on it as soon as next week.

  • Holman resident jailed for 8th DWI

    A 58-year-old Holman man remained jailed in the San Miguel County Detention Center this week after being arrested late last month on his eighth drunken driving charge.

    State police arrested Manuel A. Olivas, who lives off NM 518, on Nov. 28. The criminal complaint filed in the case accuses him of aggravated driving under the influence, eighth offense; driving while his license is revoked; having an open container in his vehicle; not wearing a seatbelt; having no registration and not having insurance.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 9, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Dec. 8 — Only 13 more shopping days remain before Christmas and already all of the stores have taken on a busy appearance. The merchants of Las Vegas have put in an especially attractive line of goods this year and the stores are decked out in holiday attire ready for the Christmas rush. Beginning with Monday night the stores on both sides of the river will remain open until 10 o’clock each evening. Extra help in all of the departments has been placed on the staff of the leading merchants.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 9, 2011

    Candle light vigil for homicide victims  

    The Survivors of Victims of Homicide group will be holding its candle light vigil today, Dec. 9. Participants will gather in front of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice building, 719 Sixth Street at 4:30 p.m., and the walk to Plaza Park will start at 5 p.m. For more information, call 429-1608.

  • Weather - Dec. 9, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind around 5 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 16. South wind around 5 mph, becoming calm.

    Sunny, with a high near 42. West wind around 5 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 17.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

  • In Brief - Local News - Dec. 9, 2011

    Optic staff and The Associated Press

    PNM will delay closing
    of payment centers

    The state’s largest electricity provider is holding off a plan to close walk-in payment centers while state regulators examine it.

    The move comes after the Public Regulation Commission heard testimony Wednesday from PNM and customers at a meeting in Albuquerque.

    PNM announced recently that it was planning to close payments centers just before Christmas but now says it will wait until March 31.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 9, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Nov. 29 and Dec. 5: