Today's News

  • Little League - May 25, 2011

    The following are scores reported to the Optic by local Little Leagues as of press time.

    WEDNESDAY, May 18
    La Plaza Majors: Rockies 13, Marlins 11
    La Plaza Minors: Dodgers 5, Giants 2
    Juniors baseball: La Plaza A 38, Mora 2

    THURSDAY, May 19
    La Plaza Majors: Cubs 9, Angels 9
    La Plaza Minors: Red Sox 6, Marlins 1
    Juniors baseball: La Plaza B 18, Mora  5
    LVLL Minors: Rockies-Cardinals; Padres-D-backs; Cubs-Dodgers; Red-Sox-Mariners, no reports

  • State: Trench lacked shoring

    The state agency investigating Wednesday’s accident that left two city workers dead says required safety equipment wasn’t installed on the trench that collapsed, and the city will be issued a citation.

  • Happy Grads


  • Former mayor, sheriff dies

    George Arellanes, a former city of Las Vegas mayor and San Miguel County sheriff, known for being a hard worker and helping people in need, died Wednesday. He was 87.

    His son Arnell David Arellanes said he died of an apparent heart attack in his sleep.

    Arellanes was mayor of Las Vegas from 1972 to 1974.  The city’s municipal complex was named after him in 2005.

    “He was a Republican mayor,” his son said. “He was very open. It wasn’t so much about political party as it was about helping the people of Las Vegas.”

  • Recycling center closed Saturdays

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Recycling Center is now closed on Saturdays.

    “We simply don’t have the manpower to staff the recycling center on the weekends,” said Ira Harge, the university’s part-time recycling coordinator. “If we can get volunteers to help at the center on Saturdays we will gladly reopen that day.”

    The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • State police make DWI arrests

    State police have made several drunken driving arrests in recent weeks, including one man booked on a sixth DWI after wrecking his truck, another man charged with a fourth DWI after being stopped at a checkpoint and a third man who had a child with him when he was taken into custody.

  • Bribery probe figure donated $54K to Richardson

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Las Cruces businessman entangled in an alleged pay-to-play scheme for judicial appointments has contributed more than $50,000 to former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson and played a role in Richardson hiring a state investment officer who’s been implicated in a separate public corruption scandal.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Thursday, May 25 — For the theft of a pair of shoes valued at $2.50, Juan Salazar will spend not less than nine months nor more than one year in the territorial penitentiary. An indictment against Salazar was returned last evening by the grand jury. Judge Roberts held a short session of the district court this afternoon during which Salazar was brought in. He pleaded guilty and was given sentence, the terms of which are stated above. The shoes were stolen a few days ago from the Romero Mercantile company.

  • Looking Ahead

    Spring Concert is Tuesday

    The award winning Memorial Middle School Bands will be host to a Spring Concert at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the MMS gym. Concert goers will be entertained with music of various styles to include traditional Concert Marches, Overtures, Ballads Swing, Rock, Latin Rock and more.

  • Weather - May 23, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Breezy, with a calm wind becoming west 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 43. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Windy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 43.