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Today's News

  • Castañeda Hotel has a buyer

    The owner of the Castañeda Hotel has accepted an offer for the historic Railroad District property, although the deal could take six or so months to close, according to the Phoenix man who made the offer.

  • Spirit of the Season
  • Tiny DWI victim fuels push for tougher laws

    By T.S. Last
    Albuquerque Journal

    In New Mexico, the Baby Brianna bill toughened child abuse penalties, and Katie’s Law allowed DNA testing for anyone suspected of committing a felony.

    Could Dimitri’s Law be next?

    On Monday, Gov. Susana Martinez met with Aileen and Zach Smith, whose baby boy, Dimitri, died of injuries suffered in a car accident last June near Las Vegas, N.M., about a minute after being born by emergency Cesarean section at a Santa Fe hospital.

  • West still dealing with heating issues

    Heating problems continue to plague the West Las Vegas School district.

    During a recent Dons basketball match against the Española Valley Sundevils at Gillie Lopez gym, fans and players bundled up as the heating unit for the complex malfunctioned, leaving the facility without any heat during freezing temperatures.

    On Thursday, board member Christine Ludi didn’t hold back, criticizing district officials for failing to have a backup system to address these issues. Heating issues have wreaked havoc for the west side school district for years.

  • Arrest warrant issued for HU official

    Las Vegas police filed documents in San Miguel County Magistrate Court Monday charging New Mexico Highlands University Associate Athletic Director Gavino Archuleta with several crimes stemming from the Nov. 17 incident in which he allegedly grabbed another athletics department employee’s genitals.

    The criminal complaint charges Archuleta, 29, with criminal sexual contact and false imprisonment, both fourth-degree felonies and with three petty misdemeanor counts of battery.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 19, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 19, 2012

    Story time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Santa’s New Jet” by David Diedrzycki. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Dec. 19, 2012

    Wednesday
    Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 25 by 5 p.m. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, becoming north 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming west in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Thursday

  • Correction - Dec. 19, 2012

    A story in Friday’s Optic erroneously reported that the Pecos League, which is looking to bring a baseball team to Las Vegas, is a semi-pro league. In fact, league commissioner Andrew Dunn said it is a professional baseball league.

  • Highlands’ Cass scores 29 in 88-85 setback

    A desperation three-point try by Stargell Love was off the mark as time ran out Saturday night, and Colorado State-Pueblo escaped the Wilson Complex with an 88-85 verdict over New Mexico Highlands.

    Mannie Cass led all scorers with 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with nine rebounds. Lavell McDade had 21 points and nine assists. Lionel Coleman scored 16.

    The ThunderWolves had trailed by as double digits early in the game.

    Highlands dashed out to an 11-1 head start and it was 15-5 after a Josh Monroy layup at the 13:16 mark.