Local News

  • Land commissioner files suit over tire dump

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell said Tuesday he’s going to court to address a massive tire dump that stretches through a remote arroyo in northeastern New Mexico.

    The tires were put there over several years by Harold Daniels, a Mora County rancher and owner of the Northeast New Mexico Regional Landfill near Wagon Mound. Daniels said previously that with permission from state officials, he diverted tires from the landfill to the arroyo as part of an effort to control erosion.

  • Las Vegas Women’s Club recognized

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz presented a proclamation Wednesday to the board officers of the Las Vegas Women’s Club proclaiming Sunday, April 24, “The Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs Day” in Las Vegas.

    The Las Vegas Women’s Club celebrates Federation Day each year on April 24. The day commemorates the club’s affiliation and membership with the Greater Federation of Women’s Club.

  • UNM president leaving

    The Associated Press

    University of New Mexico president David Schmidly is stepping down.

    He will leave the presidency at the end of his contract on June 1, 2012, saying he wants to spend more time with his family.

    Schmidly became president of the state's largest university in June 2007 after the Albuquerque school hired him away from Oklahoma State University.

  • Final cleanup under way

    The city of Las Vegas shut down the right southbound lane of Interstate 25 between the University and north exits Monday as it began the final phase of the cleanup of a property that one city official has previously referred to as “the biggest eyesore in the history of Las Vegas.”

    The cleanup of the junkyard along Interstate 25 has been in the works for months. In late August, the city obtained a court order and deployed dozens of city workers who used dump trucks and tractors to clear trash from the property owned by Tony Ortega.

  • Gateway Project

    City leaders and merchants are pushing for a gateway project that will welcome visitors and residents alike and help guide tourists to the city’s Old Town and downtown business districts.

    The project would once again make University Avenue the main corridor through the city’s historic and commercial districts. It’s geared for those entering Las Vegas through Interstate 25’s 345 exit.

    R.E. Laumbach, chairman of the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation, calls it a curb appeal project.

  • Wreck leads to man’s third DWI

    A Las Vegas-area man was arrested for his third DWI and careless driving after he wrecked his Ford pickup off the frontage road near the San Miguel County Detention Center on Wednesday, state police said.

    Steven G. Montoya, 41, who lives on County Road B27, left his truck and fled after the wreck, according to a statement of probable cause filed in the case. State police caught up with him when he showed up at Alta Vista hospital for treatment.

  • 1 in 5 New Mexicans needs help to buy food

    The Associated Press

    One in five New Mexicans now receives government help to buy food.

    The number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, soared as the nation’s economy began sinking a couple of years ago, with more than 400,000 New Mexico residents now receiving the benefits, the Albuquerque Journal reported in a copyright story this week.

    SNAP benefits, once known as food stamps, are a safety net for people who have fallen on tough times.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Monday April 24 — Word reached here this afternoon from Gascon, Mora County, of the fatal shooting there late Saturday night of Juan Solano by Luis Martinez. According to the meager particulars available, Solano who was prowling about the Martinez home, peeped through a window. He was observed by Martinez, who, believing it was a burglar, grabbed a shotgun and went into the yard. He called upon Solano for an explanation and when the latter failed to give an account of his actions, is said to have shot him.

  • Looking Ahead

    Composer to perform Friday

    United World College-USA presents Tristan Perich, performing his electronic magnum opus, 1-Bit Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Kluge Auditorium. Perich’s Symphony is an electronic composition in five movements, programmed onto a single microchip. The concert is free and open to the public.

  • Weather

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42. Breezy, with a south wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 42.