Local News

  • Six council candidates favor Dodge

    Six of the eight candidates running for the two City Council seats up for grabs in the March 6 election said they support City Manager Timothy Dodge, most said they are in favor of raises for city workers, and most argue that economic development is the most important issue affecting the city aside from water.

    All eight City Council candidates were on hand Monday night to answer questions during the first of two candidate forums sponsored by the Optic. A forum for the mayoral candidates will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. next Monday at the Memorial Middle School auditorium.

  • Nuptial bargains
  • Two with yanked licenses re-arrested

    Two men whose licenses to drive were suspended or revoked for driving drunk were arrested again in recent weeks on new drinking and driving charges.

    State police arrested Philip E. Sweeney, 39, of the 800 block of West National, on Feb. 5. He is charged with driving under the influence, fifth offense, a fourth-degree felony, and with misdemeanor counts of driving with a suspended or revoked license and speeding.

  • Federal appeal filed in redistricting case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republicans asked a federal court on Monday to take over the job of drawing new districts for the state House of Representatives.

    GOP lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of several voters asking a federal court in Albuquerque to appoint a three judge panel to draw district boundaries for the 70-member House. The voters include two Albuquerque-area Republicans who intend to run for House seats once new districts are established.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 15, 2012

    In 1935

    Thursday, Feb. 14 — Within a week to 10 days, drillers will start work on a well near the city, in an effort to bolster the community’s water supply. E.A. Bradner, manager of the Agua Pura Co., announced today... The proposed well will be drilled to a depth in excess of 1,200 feet, and if the supply of water encountered at that depth is not sufficient to insure an adequate water supply for Las Vegas during the ensuing summer months, additional wells are contemplated, it was indicated.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 15, 2012

    Highlands hosting free play this Thursday

    Highlands University presents “The Meeting,” a play about Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, at 7 p.m. this Thursday at Ilfeld Auditorium in celebration of Black History Month. The play, which is free and open to the public, portrays a fictional meeting between the two leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement. 

  • Weather - Feb. 15, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind 10-15 mph.  Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20. Southwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

  • Senate OKs license bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Senate has approved a proposal to impose new restrictions on granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

    Democrats pushed the measure as an alternative to a proposal by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to stop New Mexico from granting licenses to illegal immigrants.

    The Senate approved the bill late Monday night on a 27-15 vote. One Democrat, Sen. John Arthur Smith of Deming, joined Republicans in opposing the measure.

  • Senate OKs state budget

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Senate has approved a budget proposal for a 4 percent increase in state spending next year and the financial blueprint leaves room for possible tax cuts.

    The measure allocates $5.6 billion for public education and general government programs, in the fiscal year that starts July 1. That represents a $220 million increase over the current state budget.

    The budget doesn’t spend all of next year’s expected revenues, leaving about $36 million available for possible tax cuts.

  • NM ranchers showing clout

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Once shunned and largely ignored, Hispanic ranchers and other descendants of people who received Spanish land grants are flexing their political muscles in New Mexico.

    In recent years, the activists have persuaded state lawmakers to approve the creation of new towns based on the boundaries of the 200-year-old grants. They have held forums around the state and raised money for a major lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service over long-standing land-use disputes.