Local News

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Tuesday, June 20 —  It was negligence on the part of an employee of the Agua Pura Company that caused the muddy water in the pipes this morning, according to the manager, F. H. Pierce. Contrary to instructions the man turned water from the canyon reservoirs into the mains instead of drawing the supply from the new reservoir in Peterson Canyon, which was constructed in order that clear water might be furnished in rainy weather. Mr. Pierce says that flushing the hydrant will quickly draw off the muddy water in the pipes.

  • Looking Ahead - News June 20, 2011

    Kiwanis pancake fundraiser is Wednesday

    The Noon Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas will hold its annual Pancake Day fundraiser this Wednesday June 22nd at the Hillcrest Restaurant. Hours are 7-9am, 11am-1:30pm & 4:30-7pm. Tickets are $7 for Adults and children. Proceeds benefit Las Vegas Youth projects. For more info call 505-718-6655.

  • Weather - June 20, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 50.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 50.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 54.

  • Corrections

    Some of the details contained in the obituary published Friday for Amy Lynn Angst Beyrle were incorrect. We are re-running the obituary in this edition. The Optic apologizes for the errors.

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    In Friday’s front page photo, the Optic mis-identified one of the participants in the Senior Citizens Center’s Prayers for Rain photo. The leader of the prayers and hymns was Viola Lopez.

  • Pastoral Scene
  • Raton fire cuts gas supply

    The fire that has burned about 26,000 acres near Raton damaged a block gas valve, forcing Las Vegas’ natural gas supplier to shut down the pipeline that services the city Wednesday afternoon.

    But the repairs were completed that same night, and as of late Thursday morning Zia Natural Gas was working to get all the air out of the line so that it could repressurize it, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said. The line was slated to be reopened by the end of the day on Thursday.

  • McNellis gets 1-year interim deal

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez will remain in her post as interim superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools district through June 2012.

    She will be paid $100,000 a year for serving in that position under the terms of the contract approved by the school board Tuesday evening.

    McNellis-Martinez, who previously served as the district’s special services director, was named interim superintendent in December. The school district has not had a permanent top official since the abrupt resignation of former superintendent Rick Romero late last year.

  • Prayers for Rain

    The cloudless sky and near-90 degree temperature near noon on Tuesday did not keep the more than 30 senior citizens from launching their yearly tradition to pray for a special intention. They paraded statues of their favorite saints, prayed and sang for rain.

  • City water line process ‘stinks’

    A proposal to begin the first phase of extending a city water line to Airport Road ran into trouble again Wednesday night with one city councilor saying the process used “stinks” and another charging that the extension being proposed would benefit people illegally tapped into the city water system.

    Indeed Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron also pointed out that the mayor’s nephew lives in the subdivision in question and that his daughter had once owned property there.

  • I-25 reopens between New Mexico, Colorado

    The Associated Press

    Some residents near the New Mexico-Colorado border were able to return home Wednesday and a national park on the opposite end of the state reopened just before dusk after crews worked feverishly throughout the day to get a jump on two growing wildfires ahead of worsening weather.

    Interstate 25 has reopened between New Mexico and Colorado after being closed for four days. because of the wilfire near Raton.