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Today's News

  • Candidates file for city posts

    Las Vegas Optic

  • Drive-by suspects arrested

    Multiple calls to Las Vegas police about shots fired in different areas of the city early Saturday morning ended with the arrest of two suspects on drive-by shooting charges.

    Ramon L. Flores, 28, of the 1000 block of New Mexico Avenue was being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond while his passenger, Aaron Martinez, 27, who resides on Martinez Road, was being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

    Documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court Monday state that both men were intoxicated.

  • Wrong-way driver charged

    State police on Monday identified the wrong-way driver who was shot while allegedly driving aggressively toward an officer as 72-year-old Albert J. Urban of Hamburg, NY.

    State police reported Monday that Urban was in stable condition at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

    When he is released from the hospital he will be booked into jail on two counts of aggravated assault upon a peace office, third-degree felonies, and with one count of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, a fourth-degree felony.

  • FYI - Jan. 8, 2014

    As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday four people had filed to run in the March 4 municipal Election. In Ward 1, Oliver L’Esperance filed. Incumbent City Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron told the Optic she would seek re-election. In Ward 4, Michael Espinoza filed, as did incumbent Councilman David L. Romero. And Judge Eddie A. Trujillo filed to seek another term as municipal judge. For a complete list of candidates, go to the Optic’s website: lasvegasoptic.com. The list is unofficial until the city clerk certifies candidates on Wednesday.

  • Salazar named Optic publisher

    After serving as the Las Vegas Optic’s interim general manager and editor for the past 10 months, Martin Salazar has been appointed publisher and editor of the newspaper.

    The Optic’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers, announced the move on Monday.

    “Martin played a major role in addressing (several) key issues and making sure the Las Vegas Optic is positioned better for the future,” said Dan Sykes, an executive vice president with Landmark, in a statement issued this week.

  • Award-winning craftsman - Sculpture exhibit starts at H.U.

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents the Christopher Thomson art exhibit Forged Sculpture — Steel and Bronze from Jan. 7 to Jan. 29 in Burris Hall Gallery, with an artist reception and gallery talk Jan. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.

    The gallery is at 903 National Ave.

    Christopher Thomson is an iron artist and master craftsman whose award-winning forged pieces have been featured in galleries from New York City to Los Angeles.

  • Gov proposes 3 percent budget increase

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday proposed a 3 percent increase in spending on education and state government programs next year, but no across-the-board pay raise for public employees as a legislative budget panel has recommended.

    In releasing her administration’s budget recommendations for the upcoming legislative session, Martinez called for spending nearly $6.1 billion in the fiscal year starting in July — an increase of almost $179 million.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 8, 2014

    Olympic seniors meeting
    Senior Olympic Meeting, 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center. This is a very important meeting, and all members are asked to attend.
     

  • Looking Back - Jan. 8, 2014

    In 1964

  • Weather - Jan. 8, 2014

    Wednesday
    Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Northwest winds 10-15 mph, shifting to the south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night. Lows in the 20s. Southwest winds 10-15 mph in the evening.

    Thursday
    Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s to lower 50s. Southwest winds 10-15 mph, shifting to the west 10-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night with a slight chance of snow. Lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s.

    Friday
    Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Highs in the 40s.