Local News

  • Daniels won’t recuse self from case

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — State Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels declined Wednesday to recuse himself from a high-profile judicial bribery case, issuing a lengthy order that accused the prosecutor of trying to force jurists off the case with what he knew to be baseless accusations.

  • City police now at full force

    The Las Vegas Police Department has hired six new officers, marking the first time in several years that the department will be fully staffed.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said the city’s prioritization of public safety is significant.

    “It’s very exciting in terms of getting fresh minds in to mold and taking the department to the next level,” he said.

  • Toga Day
  • Conservation key to solving water woes

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

    Increasing the storage capacity of city reservoirs. Tapping into additional water sources. Acquiring more water rights.

    All of that is on the city’s to-do list as it tries to address the water problems that have plagued Las Vegas for decades. But another part of the equation for solving the city’s water woes involves conservation, city consultants concede.

  • Two city recycling sites chosen

    The city of Las Vegas has chosen two sites to serve as collection points for recyclables within city limits.

    Lucas Marquez, the city’s interim solid waste director, said the first sight will be on city-owned property at 2513 Hot Springs Blvd., at the corner of Hot Springs and Mills Avenue. The second site will be located in one of the rarely used parking lots at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center at 1751 North Grand Ave.

    Marquez said the sites will be fenced, and recycling containers will be set up there for recyclables.

  • 5 finalists in running for PRC post

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Three Democrats, a Republican and an independent were named Monday as finalists for an appointment by the governor to New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency.

    GOP Gov. Susana Martinez announced the contenders for the $90,000-a-year position on the Public Regulation Commission, which is made up of five elected members.

    Nearly 90 people submitted resumes in applying for the vacancy, which was created by the resignation of Jerome Block Jr. earlier this month.

  • Is ‘toilet to tap’ program for Las Vegas?

    Drought and problems with its watershed forced the village of Cloudcroft to consider an alternative many people cringe at in order to augment its water supply.

    Often referred to as a “toilet to tap” program, the alternative involves filtering wastewater to potable standards, mixing it with water the village gets from wells and springs, and piping it back to residents for use. It’s an option that communities in California and Texas are turning to as they face dwindling water supplies.

  • Preparations under way for Mayor’s Charity Ball

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Music will present a medley of songs from Phantom of the Opera and other opera favorites at the second annual Las Vegas Mayor’s Charity Ball Oct. 29 at the  Plaza Hotel.

    Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, who directs the choral programs at Highlands, is the music director for the production.  Music faculty member Linda King is the piano accompanist for the opera selections and Garcia-Nuthmann is the piano accompanist for the Phantom of the Opera medley.

  • Study touts economics of proposal

    By Susan
    Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Bringing the National Park Service on board to manage an 89,000-acre preserve in northern New Mexico could mean dozens of jobs and millions of dollars more for the local economy, according to a study released Monday by two nonprofit groups.

  • Lawmakers look to capital projects to help economy

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — With New Mexico’s economy continuing to sputter, the Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez face tough decisions next year on whether to spend every dime of available bond financing for capital projects to help create construction jobs but potentially risk a backlash from voters who could be hit with property tax increases.