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Today's News

  • Five arrested in drug investigation

    Five people were arrested last week after authorities carried out a search warrant in a drug investigation.

    Agents of the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force last Thursday found large amounts of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia such as weighing scales inside a Gonzales Ranch single-wide mobile home, according to a criminal complaint. They also discovered several loaded guns, officials said.

  • Native American queen named

    Courtney Hudson, a junior at Highlands University, was named Miss NMHU Native American Queen last week at the school’s second such pageant.

    The Miss New Mexico Highlands University Native American Pageant went smoothly for the hundred or so people who attended the event.

    For the organizers, however, it was a lot of work.

    “It took all day,” said Eric Bennett, who helped the Native American Club decorate the Sala de Madrid auditorium. Lights, banners and many other tasks kept the pageant committee busy all day.

  • City Council may ask to make skating pond a state park

    The City Council is set to consider a letter asking for the state’s support to make the Montezuma skating pond a state park at its regular meeting Wednesday.

    The council will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

    The council will vote on the letter after a presentation by Denise Gallegos of GL Environmental, who is expected to detail the improvements needed at the pond.

  • Congressman running for Senate

    Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., stopped in Las Vegas on Saturday to ask voters for their support in his run for the U.S. Senate. It was the last day of a three-day swing around the state for an official announcement to enter the race for a seat left vacant by retiring Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.

  • Rowe teenager killed by Amtrak train

    ROWE — A Rowe teenager was killed when the car he was driving collided with an Amtrak passenger train near his home, authorities say.

    Galen Stoller, 16, reportedly an aspiring actor, was killed Saturday afternoon at a private railway crossing, state police said.

    Nobody on the train was injured.

    The accident happened south of the Rowe exit, perhaps a half mile down the dirt access road that parallels Interstate 25.

  • Chamber missing certificate for years

    For a dozen years, the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce didn’t have a required certificate of incorporation with the state.

    The chamber, which receives funds from both the city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County, solved the problem in late October.

    Diane Ortiz, the chamber’s executive director, said Friday that she applied for the certificate after the state Public Regulation Commission notified the chamber by letter that it had been revoked in 1995.

  • Grant prevails in land battle

    The Tecolote Land Grant has prevailed in its appeal against a family who had won a lower court ruling in its bid to get ownership of part of the grant.

    The family’s attorney has vowed an appeal.

    The case, brought by several members of the Montoya family, sought to reassign ownership of nearly 20,000 acres of the land grant from the community of Tecolote to the Montoyas’ private ownership.

    District Judge Daniel A. Sanchez earlier ruled in favor of the Montoyas, and the Tecolote Land Grant board appealed.

  • Woman awaits son's execution

    Muina Arthur leaned back in a stuffed chair near the picture window of a friend’s Las Vegas home. A stack of poems typed on parchment paper sat at a table to her left. She gently ran her fingers over a small watercolor painting. She traced the face of a benevolent tiger, his eyes dark and expressive.

    “People I knew, people I considered friends, would cross the street to avoid me when this happened.”

    She paused, her hands trembling with emotion.

  • Las Vegas housing agency still considered troubled

    Las Vegas’ housing authority is still considered troubled in the eyes of a federal agency, but city officials say they are making progress toward improving the authority’s status.

    An assessment has shown that the authority has met its threshold, with a rating that indicates the authority can move from troubled to substandard status. But the official change can’t happen until next summer when the federal Housing and Urban Development Department conducts another review.

  • Gonzales takes on establishment

    Highlands University students are rallying around the college’s regent chairman Javier Gonzales for Congress, while establishment political forces are backing another yet-to-be announced candidate, Public Regulation Commission chairman Ben Lujan Jr.

    Gonzales told the Optic that if he does enter the race for the 3rd Congressional district, support for his run wouldn’t come from the political establishment. He was referring to a gathering earlier in the day where many of Las Vegas’ elected officials threw their support behind Lujan Jr.