Local News

  • Federal judges named to hear redistricting case

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Three federal judges from New Mexico have been named to consider a lawsuit over new districts for the state House of Representatives.

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday appointed appellate Judge Harris Hartz and District Judges Bruce Black and William Johnson to hear the case.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 20, 2012

    In 1935

    Thursday, Feb. 21 — The school house in district No. 19 at San Isidro was destroyed by fire last Thursday, according to an announcement made today by J.V. Gallegos, county school superintendent. Mr. Gallegos said that the fire probably started from a defective flue. It occurred about eight o’clock in the morning, before the children had reached school. All furniture and many of the books were destroyed. The building was constructed about 15 years ago with state aid... About 33 students were enrolled at the school.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 20, 2012

    Carnegie hosting Story Time on Wednesday

    Story Time at Carnegie Library will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday  in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Under the Ocean” by Michael Garland. The theme for the month is “Leap Year Laughter.” All programs are free and open to the public..

  • Weather - Feb. 20, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Windy, with a west wind 30-35 mph, decreasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 19. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25.  

    Sunny, with a high near 52. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:42 a.m. to 5:47 p.m.

  • FYI - News - Feb. 20, 2012

    Still trying to figure out which mayoral candidate you’ll vote for? The Optic is hosting a forum for all eight mayoral candidates from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight (Monday) at the Memorial Middle School auditorium. Come see where each candidate stands on the issues. The forum includes a segment where candidates answer questions from the audience. 

  • City axes chamber contract

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce suffered a stunning rebuke from the City Council which voted unanimously on Wednesday night to terminate its contract with the embattled organization.

  • Charter challenge to move ahead

    City Manager Timothy Dodge plans to move forward with the challenge to the new city charter, but he’ll wait until after the election to do it, he announced late Wednesday.

    “As the city manager and the city attorney, we do have a responsibility to act and protect the assets of the organization,” Dodge said during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. “I think that’s one of our first duties.”

    The new charter takes effect 10 days after the election.

  • A life-saving gift

    While many Las Vegas residents celebrated Valentine’s Day with flowers and chocolates, Manuel Armijo and his mother, Patricia Sanchez, were in a hospital 650 miles away giving thanks for the early Valentine’s gift they received.

    Armijo, a 23-year old from Las Vegas who likes to go to the movies, hang out with friends and work out, has been in and out of the hospital since August. Doctors determined that he needed a heart transplant to survive.

  • Legislature finishes contentious session

    By Barry Massey and Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lawmakers adjourned Thursday in an election-year session dominated by a clash of political wills between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrats controlling the Legislature.

    Key parts of the first-term governor’s legislative agenda died upon adjournment, including educational initiatives and a proposal to stop New Mexico from issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

  • Man with TB enters New Mexico hospital

    The Associated Press

    CLOVIS — A Clovis man who New Mexico health officials were trying to locate because of a serious medical condition has turned himself in.

    The Curry County Sheriff's Office tells The Clovis News Journal 45-year-old Robert J. Gutierrez entered Plains Regional Medical Center Wednesday. The New Mexico Department of Health was granted a temporary order of protection Jan. 27 requiring Gutierrez be isolated at a medical facility.

    Medical officials say Gutierrez was diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with lung disease.