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Today's News

  • ‘Derelict in our duties’

    The San Miguel County Commission gave the green light Tuesday for staff to apply to the New Mexico Finance Authority for a $746,000 loan to buy several new vehicles and equipment.

    But one commissioner voted against the measure, saying the county appears to be putting the cart before the horse because a proper needs assessment doesn’t appear to have been done.

    The county is planning to buy three 4x4 pickups, two transport vans, two law enforcement vehicles, two semi-chassis units, one solid waste packer truck and one steel drum roller.

  • One, two, three . . . - Students to perform dance show

    Counting one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight was fun on Wednesday for students at Sierra Vista Elementary.

    Two classes of fourth grade students at the Las Vegas City Schools site were full of smiles and energy Wednesday as they prepared for an upcoming show. Leroy Conway and Leroy Barela’s students were bursting with energy and dance moves during the rehearsal, in preparation for the big show scheduled for today (Friday).

  • City loses portion of YCC grant

    The city of Las Vegas lost more than half of a $120,000 grant it received from the state Youth Conservation Corps to pay for work on the Riverwalk.

    The matter came up during Wednesday’s City Council meeting after Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron raised questions about a budget adjustment that was being requested.

    “We captured a portion of the YCC grant, but not all of it,” City Manager Elmer Martinez said.

    “How much of the YCC grant did we lose?” Gurule-Giron asked.

  • ‘Megadroughts’ predicted for West

    By Seth Borenstein
    AP Science Writer

    SAN JOSE, California — As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse “megadroughts” are coming — and they’re bound to last for decades.

    “Unprecedented drought conditions” — the worst in more than 1,000 years — are likely to come to the Southwest and Central Plains after 2050 and stick around because of global warming, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances on Thursday.

  • House OKs bill to end social promotion

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico House of Representatives has voted to approve legislation that would end the social promotion of third-graders who are not proficient readers.

    After three hours of debate Wednesday night, the bill passed 38-30 with one Democrat siding with Republicans in the majority. The legislation now moves to the Senate.

    The measure by Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood, of Albuquerque, calls for retaining third-graders who are not reading proficiently and giving them intensive remediation.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 13, 2015

    By Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    Parson contract on agenda

    West Las Vegas School District superintendent Gene Parson may just get another contract extension by the current board after all. Starting at 3:30 p.m. on Monday at the district’s boardroom, the board will met in executive session for “superintendent evaluation and contract extension.”

    For the past two board meetings, the board has gone behind closed doors for Parson’s evaluation.

  • Obama signs veterans suicide prevention bill

    By Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON Acknowledging the struggles of the nation’s veterans, President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation intended to reduce a military suicide epidemic that is claiming lives by the day.

    “If you are hurting, know this. You are not forgotten,” Obama said, addressing soldiers and veterans as he prepared to affix his signature to the law.

  • Puerto Rico, North Carolina, Texas tickets win Powerball

    By Danica Coto
    The Associated Press

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico  — Somebody who stopped by a Shell station in southern Puerto Rico was potentially $100 million richer on Thursday, winning a share of a $564.1 million Powerball jackpot — the first winner outside the continental United States.

  • Not so white
  • Jail Log - Feb. 13, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 2 and Feb. 6:

    Jesus Moreno, 34, failure to pay child support, bench warrant, SM District
    Gilbert Solis, 41, probation violation: positive UA (Meth) (three-day sanction)
    Francisco Medina, 20, abandonment or abuse of a child (two counts), conspiracy
    Jeffrey Fernandez, 20, aggravated DWI
    Robert Salinas, 30, hold for investigation
    Stephanie Jaramillo, 31, probation violation: positive UA (Heroin/Cocaine), tampering with UA