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Today's News

  • City judge pay to be tied to experience

    The person elected municipal judge for the city of Las Vegas in 2014 could end up making less than the current judge.
    The City Council last week adopted an ordinance that changes the way the municipal judge is paid.

    The salary is currently tied to that of San Miguel County magistrate judges. Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo currently makes $80,000 a year.
    Under the new ordinance approved by the council, the person elected in 2014 will be paid between $54,000 and $80,000, depending on judicial experience and the city’s pay plan.

  • Looking Back - July 27, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, July 26 — Khaki and russet were more popular last night than broadcloth and patent leather and the boys who wore them were the idol of the hour... The big event of the evening, of course, was The Optic’s grand military ball in honor of the First Regiment (New Mexico National Guard), which was given in the Duncan opera house. Just to show the soldiers that they appreciated their presence in the city over 1,000 Las Vegas people crowded into the opera house to give them welcome.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 27, 2011

    Mora fiestas this weekend

    The Santiago y Santa Ana Annual Mora Fiestas are being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Mora, beginning with a celebratory Friday evening mass at 6 p.m. at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church. Open to the public. No charge for parking in the church parking lot. 

  • Weather - July 27, 2011

    Wednesday

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 60. North wind between 5-10 mph.

    Thursday

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Debt ceiling crisis looms

    By Andrew Taylor and Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — One week from a potentially debilitating debt crisis, Democrats and Republicans clashed Tuesday over rival plans to slash spending and increase the nation’s borrowing ability despite President Barack Obama’s endgame appeal for compromise. Financial markets registered their nervousness with the stalemate.

  • Que Pasa - July 27, 2011

    TODAY HOY

  • Students acquire certification

    Submitted to the Optic

    Six Luna Community College students did something  no others have done in New Mexico — complete national and state certifications as journeyman carpenters through a post-secondary institution.

    Michael Montaño, John Silva, Joseph Gomez, Charles Montoya, Michael Valdez and Raymond Mora went through building technology courses offered at Luna Community College in collaboration with the Associated General Contractors of America and the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

  • Wild West attitude still prevalent

    By Jeri Clausing
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — The arrest of Albuquerque’s chief criminal judge on charges he raped a prostitute is just the latest example of a seemingly wild West-no-rules-attitude permeating numerous levels of authority in New Mexico.

  • Teen thought he would die in attack

    By Rachel D’Oro
    Associated Press

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — The teens had been advised to play dead if they encountered a grizzly during their excursion in the Alaska wilderness.

    But with the massive, snarling bear suddenly looming over them, 17-year-old Sam Gottsegen of Denver and the other participants of a backcountry survival course did what so many others would have done: They ran.