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Today's News

  • City to discipline two employees

    The city of Las Vegas is moving forward with disciplinary action against two of its employees in connection with the Feb. 23 incident in which a city employee stood on the partially extended scorpion tail of a backhoe with a chainsaw to chop down a tree that had fallen onto a double-wide mobile home.

  • Local Briefs

    Las Vegas Optic

    Hill found dead in home
    A Las Vegas man known for championing environmental issues and even filing a lawsuit against San Miguel County over the wind farm ordinance it enacted last year, has died.

    Larry Hill, who was in his early 60s and was well known for the distinctive tear shaped tattoos on his face, was found dead in his Camp Luna home Tuesday. State Police Lt. Craig Martin said there were no signs of foul play or suicide.

  • Jail Log - March 30, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between March. 20 and March. 27:
    Michael Maestas, 28, positive UA
    John Whiteman, 42, battery on a household member
    Adrian Martinez, 34, felony warrant
    Wayne Lucero, 48, bench warrant: embezzlement
    Brant Roybal, 31, positive UA
    Geronimo Padilla, 54, absconding
    Steven Isaac, 28, criminal trespass, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer

  • Sunrise ... Sunset — March 30, 2012

    6:49 a.m. to 7:21 p.m.

  • Weather — March 30, 2012

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 41. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 46.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny and windy, with a high near 75. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy and windy, with a low around 35.

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

  • Looking ahead — March 30, 2012

    The Oklahoma Masonic Indian Degree Team performance, 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Ilfeld Ballroom in the Plaza Hotel. Performance and dinner is $40. For more information, contact Rudy Laumbach at 454-0033.
     

  • Looking Back — March 30, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, March 29 — The State Federation of Women has begun a movement which it hopes will result in the appointment of women as members of the boards of regents in the various educational institutions in New Mexico. Representatives of the Federation in Las Vegas have sent to Gov. W.C. McDonald a petition praying that Mrs. W. J. Fugale of this city be appointed.
     

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

    WELL DESERVED, AND A GOOD SIGN. New Mexico Highlands University employees who haven’t seen a pay raise since the fall of 2009 will get bonuses next month. On Monday, regents approved a proposal by President Jim Fries to give full-time employees who have been with the university prior to the first of this year a one-time $500 bonuses in April. Regular part-time employees will be given pro-rated bonuses.

  • Nuestra Historia

    By Jesus Lopez

    They remain among the most passionate and inspiring words penned by our founders in 1910, and they are virtually set in stone: “Children of Spanish descent shall never be denied the right of admission in the public schools, and shall never be classed in separate schools, but shall forever enjoy perfect equality.”

  • Valdez pins down state grappling title

    Though she’d already wrestled — and had her arm raised in victory — a number of times that day, Robertson’s Lorilee Valdez didn’t realize she had won a state championship until well after her last match.

    “It was pretty exciting when I found out,” she recalls. “I didn’t know I’d won until the medals were handed out.”