Local News

  • Court upholds property tax law

    By Barry Massey

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a law capping residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership.

    Had the court tossed out the law, it was possible that longtime New Mexico homeowners could have faced significant tax increases if their homes were reassessed and property values rose.

  • In Brief - News - April 2, 2012

    Las Vegas Optic

    Man facing drug charge

    A Las Vegas man driving a vehicle with no tail lamps in the early morning hours of March 10 was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and possessing cocaine.

    Theodore Manzanares, 32, has been charged with driving while under the influence-second offense, driving on a suspended license, and operating a vehicle without tail lamps, all misdemeanors, and with possession of cocaine, a fourth-degree felony.

  • Looking Back - April 2, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 15 – New Las Vegas officials take their seats. New Aldermen are seated and at once get down to real business.

    City Marshal: Ben Coles;
    Night Policeman:Pierce Murphey
    Merchants’ Night Police: J.W. McGovern;
    Police Magistrate: D.R. Murray
    City attorney, judge: E.V. Long
    City Physician: Dr. C.C. Gordon

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 2, 2012

    UWC hosting free concert Wednesday

    A special performance featuring Philip Glass and Jon Gibson will be held at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday 4 in the Kluge Auditorium on the campus of United World College-USA in Montezuma. The concert is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - April 2, 2012

    Scattered showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Windy, with a northwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Rain showers likely before midnight, then snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 31. Windy, with a north wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.


  • Philip Glass, John Gibson will perform at UWC

    Submitted to the Optic

    United World College-USA announced a special performance featuring Philip Glass and Jon Gibson at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday in the Kluge Auditorium.

    The concert is free and open to the public.

  • Lawyer: Fracking law illegal

    Proponents of an anti-fracking ordinance being proposed for the city of Las Vegas say it’s the best way to protect the community and keep our water from being poisoned.

    And while a number of municipalities around the nation, including Pittsburgh, have already adopted similar laws, no community in the state has passed such an ordinance, giving Las Vegas the opportunity to make history in New Mexico.

  • Neighbors outraged by P&Z action

    A member of the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission has come under fire for breaking the very rules he’s charged with upholding.

    At issue is a manufactured home illegally placed in the William Erb subdivision located in the vicinity of Memorial Middle School.

  • City to discipline two employees

    The city of Las Vegas is moving forward with disciplinary action against two of its employees in connection with the Feb. 23 incident in which a city employee stood on the partially extended scorpion tail of a backhoe with a chainsaw to chop down a tree that had fallen onto a double-wide mobile home.

  • Local Briefs

    Las Vegas Optic

    Hill found dead in home
    A Las Vegas man known for championing environmental issues and even filing a lawsuit against San Miguel County over the wind farm ordinance it enacted last year, has died.

    Larry Hill, who was in his early 60s and was well known for the distinctive tear shaped tattoos on his face, was found dead in his Camp Luna home Tuesday. State Police Lt. Craig Martin said there were no signs of foul play or suicide.