Today's News

  • Inspectors struggle to keep pace - Four in 10 higher risk wells not inspected by feds

    By Hope Yen and Thomas Peipert
    The Associated Press

    NEW CASTLE, Colo.  — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in safety checks.

  • Montoya to propose tax hike

    San Miguel County commissioners grudgingly adopted an ordinance last week that requires the transfer of one-twelfth percent of gross receipts taxes collected in the county to the state for a new safety net care pool fund.

    And county officials are contemplating raising taxes by the same amount to recoup the revenues that the county will be losing.

  • City releases Dodge agreement

    The termination agreement between former city manager Timothy Dodge and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz reveals that Dodge was placed on administrative leave with pay until June 30, the day his current contract expires.

    Dodge has accepted another job managing the city of Santa Rosa. He had publicly stated that he was willing to give the city of Las Vegas as much of a transition period as city officials wanted, but the termination agreement makes it clear that Ortiz wasn’t interested in a prolonged transition period.

  • In NM, number of priority wells has doubled

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The number of high-priority oil and natural gas wells on federal and tribal land in New Mexico has nearly doubled over the past two years, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is racing to keep up with inspections.

    BLM officials in New Mexico say they have nearly 650 wells that are classified as high priorities due to their production levels, risks for contamination, the safety records of their operators and other reasons.

  • Looking Back - June 16, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, June 12 — Today begins the three-day Bible seminar for Jehovah’s Witnesses at Ilfeld Auditorium, with nearly 700 participants expected. Tonight at 7, J.P. Sutherland of Brooklyn, N.Y., convention chairman, will give the welcoming address, “Around the World with Jehovah’s Witnesses,” which is also the theme of the seminar. The seminar will include a two-hour Technicolor film “Proclaiming Everlasting Good News Around the World.”

  • Looking ahead - News - June 16, 2014

    Genealogy Workshop
    Learn your roots at an Introduction to Genealogy workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21 at the Las Vegas Museum. It will be presented Rick Hendricks and Rob Martinez of the New Mexico Office of the State Historian. The workshop is for adults and requires pre-registration. Call 425-3205.

  • Weather - June 16, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 86. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 55. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.


  • QuÉ Pasa - June 16, 2014

    • Entrepreneurship Forum, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 at El Fidel Hotel lobby/ Presentations by Leroy Lujan, Oneida Aragon and Michelle Sandoval. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Andrea Gottschalk at 425-6113.

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  • Noticias - June 16, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • Lions Club Glasses Collection Boxes are at the following locations. Banks: Southwest Capital, Community First, Douglas Ave and Legion Park; Wells Fargo; State Employees Credit Union. Opticians’ offices: Wal-Mart, Eye Associates, Mills Ave; Insight Optical, Highway 518. Also at Shoes ‘n Boots, Seventh Street then donated to charity groups serving those in need around the world.