Local News

  • House unveils budget plan

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Democratic majority in the New Mexico House of Representative pushed forward Monday with a budget plan that would hold state government spending steady in the coming fiscal year, as the state wrestles with stunted revenues linked to a downturn in the oil sector and a sluggish economy.

    The $6.1 billion spending bill would maintain current overall funding levels for public schools, boost resources for the judiciary and restore money for business incentives linked to expansions and job training.

  • Trump denounces threats against centers

    By Jill Colvin
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced recent threats against Jewish community centers as “horrible ... painful” and said more must be done “to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 22, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Anton Chico man killed
    ANTON CHICO — A 19-year-old man has died in a one-vehicle accident near Anton Chico.
    New Mexico State Police say 19-year-old Mario Maestas of Anton Chico ran off the roadway Sunday morning on State Road 451, overturned his vehicle and collided with a tree.
    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Woman killed by husband
    FARMINGTON — Authorities say a Lee Acres woman whose throat was cut by her husband has since died from her injuries.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 22, 2017

    Friday, Feb. 24, 1967 — Officers of the newly organized New Mexico Highlands University Veterans Club were recently elected. They are Willie Garcia, Las Vegas, president; Don Svet, West Virginia, vice president; Donald Hatcher, Florida, treasurer; Julian Rains, Las Vegas, parliamentarian; and Robert Coca, Las Vegas, secretary. The organization is open to all students who have served in the armed forces.

  • Flamenco at Plaza Hotel thrills audience

    By Beth Urech
    For the Optic

    The buzz in the Plaza Ballroom was palpable 15 minutes before La Emi Arte Flamenco was scheduled to begin last Saturday.

    Most seats were occupied. Stage lights illuminated the raised stage, which was positioned in the middle of the room. Thank goodness!

    For the 2016 Meadow City Music Festival, the musicians were shunted to the back of the room with no stage lights at all.

  • City finalizes water purchase

    Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron and Robert Quintana, who heads the Storrie Project Water Users Association, finalized on Friday the city’s purchase of 1,200 acre-feet of water in Storrie Lake for $361,000.

    “This purchase improves our community’s water security by providing our city with 1,200 acre-feet of water available at any time for emergency use and for the post renovation refill of Bradner Reservoir,” Gurule-Giron said during the signing ceremony at City Hall.

  • Vegas unites to inspire young women

    Susie Tsyitee wanted young females in Las Vegas to dream big and to know that those dreams can come true, regardless of the obstacles that are in front of you.

    And she seized on a new movie to get that message across,  making it her mission to raise the money so that every female middle school student in this community had a chance to see that film.

    The movie “Hidden Figures” chronicles the obstacles three black women faced while working for NASA in the 1960s.

  • DHS weighed using National Guard for immigration roundups

    By Garance Burke
    The Associated Press

    The Trump administration considered a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

    Staffers in the Department of Homeland Security said the proposal had been discussed as recently as last Friday.

  • NM Dems rally around tax plan to fix budget gap

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic legislators announced a push for new sources of income for New Mexico state government on Thursday through taxes on nonprofit hospitals, internet sales, trucking permits and vehicle registrations, in an effort to avoid further cuts to government services and spending.

    Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives said the package of tax measures could raise an additional $214 million during the fiscal year beginning in July to plug a budget gap and rebuild depleted reserves.

  • Archbishop: Trump immigration draft ‘immoral’

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s Catholic bishops say a Trump administration proposal to use National Guard troops to round up immigrants would be a “declaration of some form of war.”

    Allen Sanchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Friday the Roman Catholic Church in the nation’s most Hispanic state would strongly oppose any effort to use National Guard troops to find and deport immigrants.