Local News

  • Lawyer: Fracking law illegal

    Proponents of an anti-fracking ordinance being proposed for the city of Las Vegas say it’s the best way to protect the community and keep our water from being poisoned.

    And while a number of municipalities around the nation, including Pittsburgh, have already adopted similar laws, no community in the state has passed such an ordinance, giving Las Vegas the opportunity to make history in New Mexico.

  • Neighbors outraged by P&Z action

    A member of the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission has come under fire for breaking the very rules he’s charged with upholding.

    At issue is a manufactured home illegally placed in the William Erb subdivision located in the vicinity of Memorial Middle School.

  • City to discipline two employees

    The city of Las Vegas is moving forward with disciplinary action against two of its employees in connection with the Feb. 23 incident in which a city employee stood on the partially extended scorpion tail of a backhoe with a chainsaw to chop down a tree that had fallen onto a double-wide mobile home.

  • Local Briefs

    Las Vegas Optic

    Hill found dead in home
    A Las Vegas man known for championing environmental issues and even filing a lawsuit against San Miguel County over the wind farm ordinance it enacted last year, has died.

    Larry Hill, who was in his early 60s and was well known for the distinctive tear shaped tattoos on his face, was found dead in his Camp Luna home Tuesday. State Police Lt. Craig Martin said there were no signs of foul play or suicide.

  • Jail Log - March 30, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between March. 20 and March. 27:
    Michael Maestas, 28, positive UA
    John Whiteman, 42, battery on a household member
    Adrian Martinez, 34, felony warrant
    Wayne Lucero, 48, bench warrant: embezzlement
    Brant Roybal, 31, positive UA
    Geronimo Padilla, 54, absconding
    Steven Isaac, 28, criminal trespass, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer

  • Sunrise ... Sunset — March 30, 2012

    6:49 a.m. to 7:21 p.m.

  • Weather — March 30, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 41. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest.

    Sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 46.

    Mostly sunny and windy, with a high near 75. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy and windy, with a low around 35.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

  • Looking ahead — March 30, 2012

    The Oklahoma Masonic Indian Degree Team performance, 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Ilfeld Ballroom in the Plaza Hotel. Performance and dinner is $40. For more information, contact Rudy Laumbach at 454-0033.

  • Looking Back — March 30, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, March 29 — The State Federation of Women has begun a movement which it hopes will result in the appointment of women as members of the boards of regents in the various educational institutions in New Mexico. Representatives of the Federation in Las Vegas have sent to Gov. W.C. McDonald a petition praying that Mrs. W. J. Fugale of this city be appointed.

  • Torres and Lujan crowned

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen Pageant was held on Sunday, March 25 at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.  

    Gabrielle Torres was crowned Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen 2012 and Savannah Lujan was named first runner-up.  

    Lujan was also crowned Miss Photogenic for raising the most money in the photogenic competition.