Local News

  • Water rate hike on horizon

    Customers on the city of Las Vegas water system should prepare to pay five times what they currently pay for water, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is warning.

    “The bottom line is people better expect a rate increase,” Ortiz said Thursday evening during a public meeting where city consultants outlined tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements being considered for the city’s water system.

  • Fiesta de la Hispanidad

    Music, comedy and dance once again filled the stage during the 17th annual Fiesta de La Hispanidad Saturday evening at Ilfeld Auditorium. This year’s line up included students from Los Niños Elementary and popular accordionist Antonia Apodaca.

  • Murder charge filed against wife

    A 45-year-old Las Vegas woman has been booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on an open count of murder after she allegedly stabbed her husband multiple times at a home on the 1400 block of Salazar Street Friday morning.

    Susana Aguilar is also being charged with one count of tampering with evidence, Las Vegas police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    Her husband, 48-year-old Michael Martinez, died at the home.

  • East board wants school chief by May

    Newly elected Las Vegas City Schools board members Gloria Lovato-Pacheco, Ricky Serna and Felix Alderete were sworn in during a marathon meeting on Tuesday.

    Alderete was elected board president, Serna vice president and former board president Gabriel Lucero was named secretary.

  • In Brief

    From Optic Staff and Wire

    Middleton fire fully contained
    GALLINAS — Authorities say a fire burning in the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico is fully contained after charring about 100 acres.

    Forest officials say the so-called Middleton fire began Monday night. It’s believed to have been started by a downed power line.

    The blaze has been burning ponderosa pine and mixed conifer about three miles northwest of Gallinas near Evergreen Valley.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Monday, Nov. 11 — Two well-known Las Vegas educators were injured Saturday night on South Highway 85 when their car reportedly hit a parked car near Las Vegas. Mrs. Ruth Shaffer, Robertson High School English teacher, was transferred to an Albuquerque hospital today in uncertain condition. St. Anthony's Hospital reported that Miss Mary Fulgenzi, recently retired as girls' counselor at Robertson, is in good condition there.

  • Looking Ahead

    Learn about native plants Sunday

    An interpretive talk on “New Mexico Native Plants and Sustainable Design” by Judith Phillips. will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, located on Highway 281 east of Las Vegas. For more information, call Linda Kelly at 454-9452 or Jan Arrott at 454-6115.

  • Weather

    Sunny, with a high near 64. Windy, with a west wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.


  • FYI - News

    New Mexico’s two fastest-growing cities flank the state’s largest city of Albuquerque. U.S. Census figures show Rio Rancho grew by more than 69 percent between 2000 and 2010, while Los Lunas grew by nearly 48 percent. Rio Rancho also outstripped Santa Fe for the title of New Mexico's third largest city, with a population of 87,000. Santa Fe fell to fourth place with about 68,000 residents.

  • East district on ‘at risk’ list

    The state Auditor’s Office has placed  the Las Vegas City Schools on its list of “at risk” government agencies and is warning that the district’s finances could be in jeopardy because it is two years behind on its audits.