Today's News

  • Weather - April 26, 2013

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Northwest wind around 10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind around 10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

  • Trees vulnerable to bark beetles

    By Daniel Norlander
    New Mexico State Forestry

    It is not difficult to notice that much of New Mexico has been experiencing a prolonged dry spell and the many results of the drought-related conditions.

    These include everything from increased fire activity to decreasing water reservoir levels and dying trees. While some aspects may be more noticeable than others, they can mainly be attributed to a lack of moisture.

  • AG: watch for scams

    The Associated Press
    Attorney General Gary King is warning New Mexicans about two scams targeting consumers.
    In one, King says, an operation out of California is using official-looking documents to convince homeowners to send payments to them instead of their lender. He says the mailings may state “Notice of HUD Relief.” The phone and mail claims offer “Making Home Affordable” or Housing and Urban Development loan modifications.

  • Jail Log - April 26, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 15 and April 23:
    Michael Dalton, 45,  failure to appear San Miguel Magistrate bench warrant
    Vincent Quintana, 32, six- day commitment
    Robert Sena, 51, 2/19/1962 failure to appear San Miguel Magistrate bench warrant
    Jonathan Yancy, 24, possession of controlled substance
    David Leyba, 31, probation violation: failure to report
    Michael Robles, 28, probation violation: positive UA (10-day sanction)

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  • Que Pasa - April 26, 2013

    • National Arbor Day celebration, 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26 in Plaza Park. Representatives from the Cub Scouts, City of Las Vegas Parks Department, Tierra y Montes, State Forestry, Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge and Las Vegas Tree Board are scheduled to attend.
    • The Abe Montoya Recreation Center is taking registrations for the Spring Co-Ed Volleyball Season. Deadline to register is Friday, April 26. Fee is $150 per team. Games will be on Wednesday evenings beginning May 1.

  • Noticias - April 26, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • David, Julian and Joey Martinez of Sheridan lost their home and all of their belongings recently to a structure fire. A donation account has been opened at the State Employees Credit Union for the family. They are also accepting donations of clothing and household items. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. For more information or to drop off donations, contact Jesus at 505-920-8659

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  • Maestas wins top NMSU spot

    Submitted to the Optic
    David Maestas, a 2009 graduate of West Las Vegas High School and former resident of Las Vegas, was recently elected president of the Associated Students of New Mexico State University, the student government of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

  • Students recognized at banquet

    Submitted to the Optic
    New Mexico Highlands University honored numerous outstanding students and faculty at the 15th annual Student Leadership Recognition Banquet April 3.
    The Office of Campus life organizes the event each year.
    Margaret Gonzales, director of campus life said, “the Student Leadership Banquet is a great opportunity to recognize students, clubs, faculty and staff for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the university.”

    Student of the Year