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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - July 20, 2012

    TODAY/HOY

    • Municipal Court will be closed through Friday, July 20 so court staff may attend a Judicial Conference.

    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Friday & Saturday, from 8 pm to 2:30 am.
    Please call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home.

  • Local woman turns 105

    Submitted to the Optic

    Rosita M. Gallegos, a native of New Mexico, turned 105 years old on June 29.  
    She celebrated the milestone with family and a few close friends on June 23.  Gallegos resides at Vida Encantada Rehab and Nursing Home.

    She has lived in Las Vegas for more than 70 years.  

  • Viewpoints
  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - July 20, 2012

    THUMBS UP - NEW FOR THE ELDERLY ... Meadows Home Skilled Nursing Facility, part of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, is opening its doors with the completion of its 36-bed first phase of construction. The nearly 50,000-square-foot facility includes semi-private rooms and a visitation area, dining rooms and courtyards, a salon, a library and a small store for its residents. And with two more construction phases planned, the Meadows will be growing. This modern facility replaces the state hospital’s two other nursing facilities, which were built in 1948 and 1955.

  • The schools’ report cards

    By Keith Tucker

    Regarding the school report cards for West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City schools, I am disappointed but not surprised.

  • Leahy unseated; Magee charged with murder

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Carl Magee’s troubles in Las Vegas did not end with his trial and conviction in the summer of 1923. Nor did the trial end Judge Leahy’s infamy as Magee’s inquisitor and nemesis.

    The celebrated trial caused political tremors which would define Las Vegas for years to come, and also spawned the rawest of human emotions, resulting in the killing of an innocent man.

  • Regulator: Fraud is broader than faked audits

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s top security regulator said Wednesday that potential fraud within a state financing authority extended beyond a faked financial audit that has national credit rating agencies considering whether to downgrade the agency’s bond ratings.

  • State Briefs

    From The Associated Press

    Judge suspended by court for misconduct

    ESPANOLA — An Española municipal judge has been suspended for 90 days without pay and must reimburse the state for an investigation of his conduct.
    The New Mexico Supreme Court made the decision Wednesday to discipline Judge Stephen Martinez.

  • Senate hopefuls trade barbs

    By Kevin Freking
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Heather Wilson is used to close calls. During her five terms in Congress, she represented a left-leaning district that national Democrats routinely placed at the top of their list of potential takeovers.

    The former GOP lawmaker and her campaign team are taking comfort in that experience as New Mexico voters evaluate their options in this year’s U.S. Senate race featuring Wilson and Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich.

  • HU coach aids Olympic dreams

    Submitted to the Optic

    When the 2012 London Olympic Games begin, New Mexico Highlands assistant track and field coach Patrick Johnson will be more than just an interested spectator.

    The native of Jamaica, who just finished his third season with the program, will have three athletes he works with — via long-distance coaching — competing in London.