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Today's News

  • Drilling advocates take aim

    Powerful supporters of the oil and gas industry have taken off their gloves, mounting a multi-faceted offensive against cities and counties that have been stifling drilling activities.

  • Welcoming new CEO
  • Rialto cited for liquor violations

    Two El Rialto Restaurant and Lounge employees are facing criminal charges for serving alcohol to minors, and the restaurant itself is also in hot water over the incident, according to documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court earlier this month.

    The cases stem from an undercover alcohol compliance operation executed by the state Department of Public Safety’s Special Investigations Division on the evening of Jan. 25.

    DPS agents sent a 20-year-old man into El Rialto to see if they’d serve him.

  • Moratorium on oil and gas extended

    San Miguel County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with extending their moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the county for eight more months.

    Commissioners voted to publish notice of the ordinance to extend the moratorium and to hold a public hearing on March 12, following which a vote will be taken to officially extend it.

    But because the moratorium that had been in place expired this week, the commission also imposed an emergency moratorium that will be in effect until the March 12 vote.

  • Matt Mason performance is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Rising country music star Matt Mason will perform in Las Vegas at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium. The performance is presented by New Mexico Highlands University.

    Country Music Television honored Mason as the “Next Superstar” in country music in 2011.

    The acclaimed singer-songwriter’s national visibility and fan base soared when he toured the country with CMT.

    Also in 2011, the record label Warner Music Nashville signed Mason.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 15, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 6 and Feb. 11:

    Nicholas Baca, 27, bench warrant: failure to pay fines
    Steven Lujan, 22, failure to report
    Gary Coca, 40, positive UA
    Ron Hoogerhuis, 52, bench warrant: failure to pay fines
    Paul Sanchez, 47, driving on a suspended or revoked license
    Andrew Shafer, 21, Adult Probation Office warrant
    Gabriel Delgado, 35, resisting/evading an officer, failure to pay fines

  • House OKs gun-buyer background checks

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE— New Mexico lawmakers waded into the national debate over gun violence Wednesday as the House approved legislation to require criminal background checks of more people who buy firearms at gun shows.
    If the measure becomes law, which is far from certain, New Mexico will join at least six other states in having background checks for all firearms purchased at gun shows from private sellers, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

  • Governor backs new immigrant license proposal

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is backing a proposal that would offer temporary driver’s licenses to certain immigrant youths but stop New Mexico from continuing to grant licenses to other immigrants who illegally came to the country.
    Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said Wednesday the governor worked closely with Senate Republican Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales and Democratic Sen. John Smith of Deming in developing the legislation that he described as a “reasonable compromise.”

  • Looking Back - Feb. 15, 2013

    In 1963

    Monday, Feb. 18 — This week the Rotary Club of Las Vegas will celebrate the 58th anniversary of the founding of Rotary in Chicago, on Feb. 23, 1905. Wm. C. Hurt, president of the Rotary Club of Las Vegas, in announcing the anniversary meeting, said, “The celebration of this occasion is global in scope, for there are more than 11,400 Rotary clubs and 529,000 Rotarians. The Rotary Club of Las Vegas, founded in 1920, has 52 members. As its 58th year begins, Rotary is growing at the rate of one club a day.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 15, 2013

    Matt Mason concert is Saturday

    Country music star Matt Mason in concert, 7:30 p.m. this Saturday in Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for reserved seats, $15 for general admission, and $10 for children and students with valid IDs. Advance tickets are on sale at the Highlands University’s radio station, KEDP 91.1 FM, 901 University Ave or call 454-3238.