Today's News

  • Judge tosses city lawsuit

    The long running dispute between the city of Las Vegas and Luna Community college over utility bills has finally been resolved, with a judge siding with Luna.

    The city filed suit against Luna last year seeking to recover $81,000 it said it was owed.

  • ‘Underdog’ Balderas touts his roots

    Some know him as the state auditor who has aggressively gone after waste, fraud and abuse, uncovering, among other things, a $3.3 million embezzlement scheme at one school district.

    To many others across the state Hector Balderas is the underdog who is trying to capture the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

    But to those in Wagon Mound and Mora and San Miguel counties he’s a native son who, despite  odds stacked against him, went out into the world and made his mark, becoming a prominent player on the state stage.

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  • Dist. 5 race: Leger and Medina

    The battle for the District 5 San Miguel County Commission seat comes down to two Democrats who both know the job well.

    Incumbent Nicolas Leger, 56, has held the post since 2009 and is asking voters to return him to a second term.

    Challenger Kenneth Medina, 50, held the post from 2001 to 2008 and was forced to sit out a term because of term limits.

    Because no Republican filed to run for the position, the winner of the June 5 primary is all but assured the seat. County commissioners in San Miguel County are paid $19,854 a year.

  • Las Vegas man faces charges

    A 22-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly stole a $300 iPod from Radio Shack and ran from the scene on foot.

    Aaron Benavidez, who lives on the 1200 block of Seventh Street, was arrested May 12 after the clerk at the store recognized him from when he would go in to pay his cell phone bill. Benavidez is charged with robbery, a third-degree felony, tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony and battery, a petty misdemeanor.

  • Looking Back - May 21, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, May 20 — The Cleveland Grays will visit Las Vegas. The crack military organization of Ohio will attend the upcoming boxing exhibition between Flynn and Johnson. Company H of the National Guard, based in Las Vegas, is planning to attend the championship heavyweight bout.

  • Weather - May 21, 2012

    A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 53. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. West wind 10-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear and breezy at night, with a low around 52.


  • QuÉ Pasa- May 21, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is       “Memorial Day Surprise” by Theresa Martin Golding. Free and open to the public.
    • A ladies golf clinic will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23 at the NMHU Gene Torres Golf Course. The clinic will be conducted by Dan Houtchens, the course Pro. The topic is chipping and is free.


  • Noticias - May 21, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is now taking applications for volunteers to work with children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. Children are in state custody and living in foster care. Call 454-0223 or visit CASA office at 1308 Grant St. at the Rodriguez Softball Complex, mornings only.

  • The right decision

    We feel for Ashley Salazar — $30,000 is a lot to pay for a mistake — but that doesn’t change the fact that her manufactured home needs to be moved. It’s only fair to the neighbors who object to the home’s placement on her property at 807 Erb Place, and it wouldn’t be right to punish the neighbors for someone else’s bad judgment.