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Today's News

  • Watchdog group warns city officials

    By Karl Moffatt
    For the Optic

    The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has warned the city of Las Vegas that restricting public criticism of staff and elected officials at City Council meetings may be violating a citizen’s constitutional right of free speech.

  • A new resource for assault victims

    Victims of sexual assault will soon have a resource that hasn’t been available locally, thanks to a coalition of service providers, community groups and law enforcement.

    The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program has been operating in New Mexico for nearly 20 years, with the closest program being in Santa Fe.

    Beginning on Sept. 1, Las Vegas will have a SANE program of its own at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • Looking Back - June 27, 2014

    In 1964

    Tuesday, June 30 — Fire this morning gutted the Montezuma street School on Montezuma Street in West Las Vegas. The fire apparently broke out shortly after 7 this morning and seems to have started in a closet. An estimate of damage was between $7,000 and $8,000 if the fire did not weaken the structure, and a total loss if the structure was weakened. The frame building housed two classrooms with about 55 students enrolled.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 27, 2014

    County Commission to meet Saturday

    The San Miguel County Commission will hold a public hearing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the County Commission Chambers, 500 W. National Avenue, on the proposed draft oil and gas ordinance and the county’s comprehensive plan as it relates to the oil and gas ordinance. Both documents are available on the county’s website.

  • Weather - June 27, 2014

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Breezy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 56. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 56.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 92. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 58.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:47 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

  • Jail Log - June 27, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 13 and June 20:

    John Grossetete, 52, battery on a household member
    Roseann Quintana, 43, battery
    Zaryen Griego, 17, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property
    Dion Maes, 46, battery on a household member
    Alex Pacheco, 18, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property, conspiracy
    Luciana Mendoza, 30, failure to pay fines, bench warrant San Miguel Magistrate  

  • Board OKs $26M in education dispute

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The State Board of Finance has approved $26 million as a safety net if New Mexico loses a dispute with the federal government over special education funding.
    The board on Tuesday agreed to a transfer of the money from this year’s budget accounts.
    The Legislature provided the money as part of a contingency plan for an ongoing fight over whether New Mexico met requirements for federal aid since 2010.

  • 10th Circuit: States can’t ban gay marriage

    By Nicholas Riccardi
    and Brady McCombs
    The Associated Press
    DENVER — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right to marry simply because they want to be wedded to someone of the same sex.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - June 27, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Man pleads guilty to arson
    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico man accused of retaliating against his wife by setting fire to their home has pleaded guilty to arson.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico says 28-year-old Gregory Bitsilly, of Nenahnezad, entered the plea Wednesday as part of an agreement.
    According to court documents, Bitsilly started a fire March 24 in the home he shares with his wife and children.

  • Sister Segale on path for sainthood

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools.
    Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood Cause” for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and social worker who worked in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico.