Local News

  • Water fix comes with hard choice

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic continues its series on the city’s water problems. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    Few would argue that the city of Las Vegas’ aged water system isn’t in need of major upgrades, but figuring out how to cover the $100 million-plus price tag becomes a thorny issue, particularly with an election looming.

  • Cousins charged in burglaries

    Two cousins have been charged in connection with the burglary of vehicles on the New Mexico Highlands University campus in August and September.

    Richard P. Alderete, 21, of the 900 block of Commerce Street, is accused of stealing an I-Pod from one vehicle and trumpets from a second vehicle parked on campus. Court documents allege that after stealing those items, he sold them to unsuspecting merchants.

    His cousin Paul Valdez, 18, who lives on Baca Avenue, is accused of going along with one of the burglaries.

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  • Area police busy on DWI cases

    Area law enforcement officers have been busy in recent weeks arresting suspected repeat drunken drivers.

    One man was arrested after he doubled back to his vehicle and got behind the wheel. An officer had given him a ride to a family members home earlier in the night. Another was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign. A third was arrested after he threw a can outside his window. And a fourth allegedly started kicking the officer when she was placed under arrest.

    Leroy R. Salazar

  • Legislature hires redistricting lawyers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A team of private lawyers will defend the Democratic-controlled Legislature in a court fight over redistricting, state legislative leaders decided Monday despite objections from Republicans.

    The Legislative Council voted along party lines to authorize the lawyers.

    They will represent the Legislature in lawsuits over plans for new boundaries of districts for Congress, the state House of Representatives, the state Senate and Public Regulation Commission.

  • Water officials asking residents to cut back use

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — With highs in the 50s predicted for Albuquerque later this week, water officials are reminding residents to cut back on watering.

    Katherine Yuhas, conservation officer for the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Water Authority, says plants need only half as much water as they needed in September, which means residents should cut watering times in half. Yuhas says reducing watering times helps plants get ready to become dormant for the winter.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 5, 2011

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  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 5, 2011

    Suicide prevention training is Friday

    Breaking the Silence: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, in the Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall. This is a free "Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention" training.

  • Weather - Oct. 5, 2011

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.


  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas remains in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.