Local News

  • Election set for Tuesday

    Voters will decide Tuesday on the members representing three districts for Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    They’ll also vote on a property tax increase that will amount to $52 for a home worth $100,000.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the Luna service area, which includes Mora County, all but the far western portion of San Miguel County, the southern part of Colfax County and much of Guadalupe County.

  • Firm has history of bounced checks

    An Illinois company will be in town throughout this week looking to buy antiques and other collectibles from residents, but media accounts in four states have reported that the firm’s checks have bounced in some instances.

    The company, Treasure Hunters Roadshow, acknowledged the problem, calling it an embarrassment. But it said that it has enough money to pay people who sell their collectibles. The company released a bank statement to the Optic that showed it had $223,000 in its account as of Friday.

  • Vegas cites 81 for cell phone violations

    Those who are driving while talking on handheld cell phones are breaking city law. Last year, the Police Department issued scores of tickets for such violations.

    In 2008, Las Vegas police officers issued 81 citations for cell phone offenses and 34 warnings, according to department statistics.

    Police Capt. Eugene Garcia said the department could probably ticket greater numbers of drivers. “We’re working at it,” he said.

  • Campos changes mind on bill

    Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, has changed his mind on domestic partnerships.

    On Tuesday, he voted against a bill that would extend some of the same rights of married couples to unmarried gay and straight couples. The bill failed 25-17, with 10 Democrats joining Republicans in opposition.

    Opponents called domestic partnerships “marriage in disguise.”

    In recent days, Campos was mum with the media on how he would vote on the bill. But on Thursday, he issued a statement saying he had changed his position.

  • Hometown Heroes: Local club focuses on improving youths’ vision

    “Lion King” Carlos Lopez said the Grater Las Vegas Lions Club has been responsible for good works in the Meadow City since the mid-1950s.

    The president said his club recently began Operation New Mexico KidSight after purchasing a digital photo-computer system developed at the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville.

  • Hopefuls oppose Luna tax hike

    All the candidates for Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees attending a forum Thursday said they were against a proposed tax increase that would pay for capital improvements at college facilities. That group included incumbent Tony Valdez, running in Las Vegas-based District 2.

    Some candidates also said the college president should be on campus daily, after being asked about the time current president Pete Campos spends away from the school as a state senator during months-long legislative sessions.

  • Elderly man is attacked in home

    An 80-year-old was attacked by an unknown man in his home on Collins Drive earlier this week.

    The victim was outside fixing the door to his apartment in the 2700 block of Collins on Sunday evening when he noticed a drunken man next to his window, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    “(The victim) asked him what he was doing. The man started yelling at him and raised his fist,” the chief said.

    The victim ran inside his house and locked his door, police said. The suspect broke the window and kicked down the door.

  • Plaza Hotel prepares for opening

    Imagine the bride and groom descending the staircase in grand fashion as family members and guests line the entrance to the historic Ilfeld ballroom, glowing from the light of a ceiling filled with chandeliers, tables covered by white linen table cloths and fine dinner ware. 

    Plaza Hotel marketing team, Melissa Greene and Troy Denison, said the hotel is looking to open the next-door Ilfeld building by the end of March or early April and has all the new menus ready to go.

  • 2 vie for Luna’s Springer seat

    Tuesday is the election for the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. Three seats are up for election.

    The Optic submitted questionnaires to all of the candidates to give the public an idea about where they stand on the issues.

    In today’s edition, the Optic will run the responses from the District 6 Springer-based candidates.

  • Call center downsizes ee" for now

    A local call center on Wednesday temporarily let go 36 of its employees because it has lost some business from one of its clients, the company said.

    Results-Las Vegas, which is owned by Florida-based The Results Companies, said one of its clients, WellCare, an insurance company, is suspending one of its lines of business with Results because of regulatory issues. The line of business affected is the enrollment of new customers.