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Today's News

  • Fishing time - Area lakes showing steady rise

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Conchas, Sumner and Santa Rosa lakes are all full again, thanks to abundant monsoon rains this summer, and now is a great time to visit them as the weather cools and the crowds fade.

    “It’s just been terrific,” says Mary Sena of the Fisherman’s Hideaway at Sumner Lake out on the eastern plains. “The lake hasn’t looked this good in years.”

  • 4 nonprofits receive $36K in grants

    Four nonprofit organizations that serve San Miguel County and other parts of northeastern New Mexico have received grants totaling $36,000 from the New Mexico Community Foundation.

    “As New Mexico’s only statewide community foundation, these funds represent a unique and much needed opportunity to fund organizations in rural parts of the state, especially in underserved communities of northeastern New Mexico,” the Foundation said in a news release announcing the grants.

  • Counties warned on immigrants

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico county jails may face litigation from inmates kept in custody for no other grounds than receiving a hold request from federal immigration authorities.

    Counties recently received letters about potential lawsuits centering on immigration holds which lawyers deem false imprisonment, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 8, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Ariz. man dies in crash
    WAGON MOUND — New Mexico State Police say an Arizona man died when the vehicle he was riding in overturned on an interstate.

    Authorities say a Ford pickup truck heading northbound on Interstate 25 about 8 miles north of Wagon Mound rolled over Thursday.

    They say the pickup somehow entered the median and overturned six times.

    Police say 68-year-old Oscar Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Gov: State competitive for Tesla plant

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico offered a competitive economic development package to Tesla Motors, but the company gave a priority to locating a planned $5 billion battery factory in a state close to Tesla’s electric-car manufacturing factory in California, Gov. Susana Martinez said Thursday.

    Martinez made her comments Thursday not long before a formal announcement in Nevada that Tesla had selected that state for a factory that could eventually employ up to 6,500 workers.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 8, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1964 — Open house at KFUN Sunday gave Las Vegans an opportunity to meet the new owners and personnel of the local radio station. Those who greeted guests at the station were Robert Adamson of Gallup, chief engineer of Tucker broadcasting stations; Merle Tucker and Mrs. Tucker, owners of Thunderbird Broadcasting Co, which recently purchased KFUN; Stewart Chamberlain, station manager; and Lowell Christianson of Gallup, general manager of Thunderbird Broadcasting.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 8, 2014

    Woodmen, city to host ceremony
    Woodmen of the World Chapter 2 and the City of Las Vegas will host the Honor and Remembrance Ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Carnegie Public Library. The public is invited.

  • Weather - Sept. 8, 2014

    Monday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. West wind 15-20 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

    Wednesday

  • Correction - Sept. 8, 2014

    The David Austin listed in the Aug. 29 jail log is not David Austin Senior. The David Austin who was incarcerated is 18. The Optic printed an incorrect age for him in the jail log.

  • HU professor is keynote speaker at conference

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University biology professor will be the keynote speaker at a major biology conference in Mexico.

    Professor Jesús Rivas is a Venezuelan-born herpetologist – a biologist that studies reptilian and amphibian species. He is the world’s foremost expert on green anacondas, a nonvenomous tropical constrictor snake that can exceed 200 pounds.