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Today's News

  • City ‘won’t run out of water’

    With the snowpack water equivalent at about .2 inches, water flow in the Gallinas at about one-eighth of what it was last year and city reservoirs only being about 65 percent full, 2013 is shaping up to be another difficult year in terms of the city’s water situation.

    But Las Vegas Utilities Direct Ken Garcia says the city has contingency plans in place to ensure that Las Vegas’ water supply doesn’t dry up.

    “We’re not going to run out of water,” he told the City Council during an impromptu water presentation on Wednesday.

  • Train Robbers in training
  • Ortiz breaks tie in favor of beer sales

    It wasn’t a vote that Mayor Alfonso Ortiz seemed happy with casting, but in the end, after councilors deadlocked in a 2-2 vote, Ortiz broke the tie in favor of moving forward with alcohol sales during Train Robbers games at Rodriguez Park.

    Sitting in the audience during the vote was Ray Collins, who lost five families members in a DWI crash in 2006. Earlier in the meeting, during the public comment portion, Collins spoke against allowing beer sales at the park.

  • ‘Generous’ pensions for state lawmakers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - May 10, 2013

    The Associated Press

  • Jail Log - May 10, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 30 and May 7:
    Jessica Delgado, 34, probation violation positive UA
    Nakia Crespin, 25, failure to appear, driving on suspended revoked license, no registration, driver’s license not in possession. SM Mag. bench warrant
    Arthur Lucero, 43, disorderly conduct LV Municipal
    Gilbert Romero, 27, aggravated DWI, failure to maintain roadways laned for traffic
    Patricia Aragon-Pena, 51, drug court violation, 72-hour hold, BW: criminal damage to property.

  • Workshop to highlight stream restoration project

    Submitted to the Optic

    The first of a series of Landowner Workshops will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. May 18 at Pritzlaff Ranch in San Ignacio.

    The event includes a free lunch, a hands-on stream restoration project and more than 16 staffed information tables. The Ranch and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service invite local landowners and interested parties to join the workshop.

  • Ex-Optic publisher launches Community News Exchange

    Submitted to the Optic

    Eleven New Mexico newspapers began sharing content this week as part of a newly created service named Community News Exchange, or CNEx, which is spearheaded by former Optic publisher Tom McDonald.

    The Exchange  focuses on small-town community news in New Mexico, seeking to report on issues of interest to readers in the more rural areas of the state. Its intent is to supplement community newspapers with content that no other service provides.

  • Looking Back - May 10, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, May 14 — Harry H. Houck, 35 presently city manager of Swartz Creek, Mich., was hired last night as the new City manager for Las Vegas. Houck will assume his Las Vegas position about June 1, and will work for a salary in the neighborhood of $10,000. Houck was appointed by Mayor Frank Olmstead at last night’s meeting of the council and the appointment was confirmed by the council.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 10, 2013

    Letter carriers annual food drive is Saturday

    The Las Vegas letter carriers annual food drive is this Saturday. Leave non-perishable food items by your mailbox. All donations will be greatly appreciated.