Local News

  • FYI - News - Nov. 18, 2011

    The San Miguel County Commission has designating today, Nov. 18, as Wear Your Pearls Day in an effort to bring attention to November being lung cancer awareness month. The county is holding a walk in support of New Mexicans with lung cancer, beginning at 3 p.m. today at the new county bike path on Cinder Road.

  • Fundraising being investigated

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A federal grand jury is investigating whether former Gov. Bill Richardson violated campaign finance laws during his unsuccessful bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination by raising money to settle a threatened lawsuit by a woman who worked in state government, the Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday.

    The Journal attributed its report to unnamed lawyers who said the grand jury has been hearing testimony in Albuquerque since at least September.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 18, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    State OKs bond sales for projects
    SANTA FE — The state Board of Finance says it is netting a nearly historic low rate on bonds to finance almost $51 million in capital improvements across New Mexico.

    The board on Tuesday accepted bids from JP Morgan Securities that provide for a “true interest cost” of 1.68 percent on state bonds backed by severance tax revenues.

  • Regulators consider disclosure rule

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico oil and natural gas producers would be required to disclose the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing operations under a proposal pending before the state Oil Conservation Commission.

    A public hearing before the commission started Thursday in Santa Fe.

  • Feldman exits mayor’s race

    With city elections four months away one of the contenders for the mayoral post is  pulling the plug on his campaign and withdrawing from political life.

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman, who announced in June that he is running for mayor, has changed his mind.

    “I’ve given four years to trying to make the city better, and it’s time for me to step aside and let someone else do it,” he said.

    Feldman added that he also will not seek re-election for his council position. The Ward 3 councilman’s term expires in March.

  • American Idol, Vegas style
  • PNM closing its payment center

    PNM customers used to paying their electric bills in person at the company’s Railroad Avenue office won’t have that option much longer.

    Public Service Company of New Mexico has announced it is closing its eight remaining payment centers across the state, including the one in Las Vegas. The company had previously discontinued its payment centers in most other communities in 2009.

    The Las Vegas payment center will close on Dec. 16. Two local employees will be laid off as a result.

  • West board tables change order

    The West Las Vegas School Board tabled a controversial change order last week related to the construction of the Pre-K building near Luis Armijo Elementary.

    The issue pertains to the additional sidewalk needed for the new building to pass inspection. This is the second change order that the architect Ortega-Romero-Rodriguez Architects presented to the board regarding the building. The project involved construction of a new three-classroom facility near Armijo Elementary.

  • Former PRC commissioner jailed again

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former state Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr., who recently resigned after pleading guilty to felony charges, is in a Santa Fe jail again.

    Jail records show that Block was booked at 12:11 p.m. Monday on a remand order, indicating he violated a condition of his release.

    It is the second time Block has been jailed for violating a condition of his release.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 16, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Nov. 10 — It is more than likely that Las Vegas and the surrounding country will soon be embalmed for future glory upon the films of the Thomas A. Edison Moving Picture company. Frank L. Hough, a representative of the company, is here and will spend several days investigating into the advisability of bringing his corps of actors and photographers here. In conversation with a representative of The Optic this morning Mr. Hough said that his company had been making some films in Colorado.