Local News

  • Breaking News: Las Vegas declares emergency, tightens its water restrictions

    In an special meeting Friday, the Las Vegas City Council unanimously declared a state of emergency due to extreme drought conditions and implemented Stage IV water restrictions.

    According to the city's resolution, the Gallinas River — the city's main water source — “will most likely not have enough flow to support the city's needs this summer and in the future because of the present drought conditions.”

  • More water restrictions imposed

    With the city of Las Vegas having experienced one of the driest winters in decades, city officials this week imposed Stage III water restrictions, limiting outdoor watering to one hour a week, and an all-out ban on outdoor watering could come as early as next week.

    In fact, the mayor and council are convening an emergency meeting at 11 a.m. today (April 8) to consider declaring a water emergency due to drought conditions.

  • Alleged killer appeared mentally unstable

    The woman accused of bludgeoning her housemate to death this week may have been suffering from mental health problems.

    Tamara Smith, 52, has been booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on an open count of murder and one count of extreme cruelty to animals.

    “Ms. Smith displayed what appeared ... as mental health issues,” Sgt. Mack Allingham states in the probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

    The victim, Sherry Anne Clancy, 61, was found dead in her Sperry Drive home on Monday.

  • Highlands baseball players implicated in drug case

    By Martín Salazar and Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Three New Mexico Highlands University baseball players have been kicked off the team and four others were suspended for nine games following a drug raid last week on a house on the 1900 block of New Mexico Avenue.

  • White Peak land swap reversed

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State Land Commissioner Ray Powell reversed a land swap Tuesday that his predecessor made in northeastern New Mexico.

    The move by Powell returns the White Peak area in Colfax and Mora counties to the Land Office from a private citizen.

    It reverses the decision of former Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons and complies with a state Supreme Court mandate.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Thursday, Nov. 14 — A utility board to increase efficiency of both municipalities of Las Vegas was proposed Wednesday night at the West Las Vegas Town Council meeting. A representative from the town gas company, Dick Davidson, stated that the joint operation between East and West Las Vegas would ... save approximately $14,000 yearly through salaries and operating expenses. An agreement concerning the proposal was presented to the council. Donald A. Martinez, lawyer, explained the agreement to the council.

  • Looking Ahead

    Seed exchange is Saturday

    Area residents are invited to share heirloom seeds and exchange knowledge about local agriculture Saturday at the Luna Community College cafeteria. Registration for the free event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and is required. Speakers will address the gathering from 10 a.m. to noon.

  • Weather

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. Windy, with a south wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

  • FYI - News

    The state Game and Fish Department is reminding New Mexico anglers that it's time to renew their fishing licenses.

    New licenses were required as of April 1 and will remain valid through March 31, 2012, according to The Associated Press.

    New Mexico residents will pay $35 for an annual license, including a vendor's fee as well as habitat stamps.

  • Fire Season