Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 9, 2011

    Candle light vigil for homicide victims  

    The Survivors of Victims of Homicide group will be holding its candle light vigil today, Dec. 9. Participants will gather in front of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice building, 719 Sixth Street at 4:30 p.m., and the walk to Plaza Park will start at 5 p.m. For more information, call 429-1608.

  • Weather - Dec. 9, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind around 5 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 16. South wind around 5 mph, becoming calm.

    Sunny, with a high near 42. West wind around 5 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 17.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

  • In Brief - Local News - Dec. 9, 2011

    Optic staff and The Associated Press

    PNM will delay closing
    of payment centers

    The state’s largest electricity provider is holding off a plan to close walk-in payment centers while state regulators examine it.

    The move comes after the Public Regulation Commission heard testimony Wednesday from PNM and customers at a meeting in Albuquerque.

    PNM announced recently that it was planning to close payments centers just before Christmas but now says it will wait until March 31.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 9, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Nov. 29 and Dec. 5:

  • State sending artifact back to Peru

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — An ancient Peruvian artifact in the form of a monkey’s head given to the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe in 1995 is heading back home.

    The small gold pendant measuring 1-3/4 inches high by 2-1/4 inches wide was to be “repatriated” Thursday during a ceremony at Peru’s embassy in Washington.

    The small bead has been the subject of controversy amid allegations that it was looted from an archaeological site in Peru.

  • Police ask for help with investigation

    New Mexico State Police say a body discovered in Mora County on Nov. 2 is that of a 47-year-old  man reported missing from Colorado in 2010.

    The state Office of the Medical Investigator has identified the body as Paul E. Vigil, who was reported missing from Denver in October 2010.

  • Students of the Month
  • Que Pasa - Dec. 9, 2011

    • Barter Hours introductory and new member orientation meeting, 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec 9, at Traveler's Café on the Plaza. For more information, call 426-1468.

    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Conservation District monthly board meeting, 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at Luna Community College. For more information, call 425-9088.

  • Noticias - Dec. 9, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Las Vegas Cub Scouts Pack 60 has begun its annual popcorn sales. Cub Scouts is a nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds as a fundraiser. Cub Scouting promotes a boy’s character, citizenship and fitness in a positive and educational manner. To purchase popcorn or for more information, call Ida Sue at 617-0849.

    • Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! EXACERBATING A TRAGEDY. Details regarding the deaths of two city employees just keep making things worse for the city. Immediately after Frank Romero, 49, and Gene Hern, 32, were killed when a trench collapsed on May 18, we learned that the 9.5-foot-deep trench hadn’t been properly reinforced. And now, through a Occupational Safety and Health Board report, we’re told two other employees expressed concern about the safety of the situation before the accident, but nothing was done.