Local News

  • Jury selection begins in Astorga sentencing case

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Jury selection began Monday in the sentencing phase of a trial of a man convicted of killing a Bernalillo County deputy.

    Jurors will be asked to sentence Michael Paul Astorga to life in prison or to death, even though New Mexico repealed the death penalty in 2009.

    The state Supreme Court ruled that he was eligible for the death penalty since the crime occurred before the repeal. The court ruled that it applied to crimes committed after July 1, 2009, when the repeal took effect.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 11, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Wilderness bill to be announced  

    ARROYO SECO — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman was scheduled to be in northern New Mexico on Tuesday to introduce new wilderness legislation.

    The New Mexico Democrat says the legislation will call for designating 45,000 acres of wilderness in Taos County’s Columbine-Hondo Mountains. He says the measure would help protect one of the region’s major watersheds.

  • Looking Back - April 11, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 2 — Johnson-Flynn contest is roasted:Ministers register protest against it being staged in Las Vegas. That “the Christian people of Las Vegas should boycott all merchants who are in favor of staging the Flynn-Johnson bout here in July” was the statement of a Las Vegas minister last night to a union meeting of all churches, held at the First Methodist meeting house.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 11, 2012

    Mayoral Q&A session is this Thursday

    Highlands University, through its political science department is sponsoring a question-and-answer session for the mayoral candidates on the ballot for the April 17 runoff. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Highlands’ Sininger Hall, room 100. The forum for the Ward 3 candidates was to be held Tuesday evening.

  • Weather - April 11, 2012

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming south 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. South wind 15-20 mph, becoming west. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Windy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 36.

  • Seed exchange Saturday

    Submitted the Optic

    Local farmers, ranchers, gardeners and others will gather this Saturday for Las Vegas’ third annual seed exchange, “Compartiendo Semillas.”

    The seed exchange is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Luna Community College cafeteria. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

  • 3 school workers split winnings

    By Sarah Brumfield
    The Associated Press

    BALTIMORE — Two public school teachers and a school administrator who call themselves “The Three Amigos” are sharing the spoils of last month’s record Mega Millions jackpot, planning trips to Europe, new homes and children’s college educations, Maryland Lottery officials said Tuesday.

  • In Brief - News - April 11, 2012

    From The Associated Press and Submitted to the Optic

    Celebrating library week

    The Thomas C. Donnelly Library at New Mexico Highlands University celebrates National Library Week April 9-13 with activities for the public and campus community.

    The library is at 802 National Ave.

  • Beef, boots and bull to benefit Ride to Pride

    By Birdie Jaworski
    Submitted to the Optic

    You live in the real Wild West. You wear worn cowboy boots, a dusty Stetson, a braided leather bolo around your collar.

    You eat the hottest chile this side of the Pecos and don’t bat an eye. You have the simple heart and rough hands of a cowboy. But are you man — or woman — enough to ride a bucking mechanical bull?

  • Guardians say boy harassed

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The guardians of a 15-year-old West Las Vegas Middle School student have filed a police report accusing the principal of harassing him and of violating his right to an education.

    Julian and Theresa Weathers say their godson, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and requires special education services, is even afraid to go to school these days because principal Steve Sandoval picks on him.