Today's News

  • Times publisher pleads guilty

    Las Vegas newspaper publisher Chris Lopez pleaded guilty Tuesday to graffiti in connection with the vandalizing of an Optic employee’s car.

    Lopez entered into a plea agreement to a reduced charge of unauthorized graffiti in Magistrate Court. He was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service at the city’s solid waste department, donate $100 to the Las Vegas-San Miguel Crime Stoppers organization and pay a fine of $500, which was deferred.

    Lopez was also given a 180-day deferred jail term and ordered to pay $67 in court costs.

  • Historian's book chronicles West

    In a career spanning more than 40, writer, radio producer and aural historian Jack Loeffler has turned sound—human voices, as well as manmade, natural and mechanical sounds of all types—into history.

    In his new book, Survival Along the Continental Divide: An Anthology of Interviews, Jack Loeffler enlists the voices and ideas of a dozen leading regional scholars and activists to create a lively and enlightening look at the complex forces that have shaped the way New Mexicans define their communities and themselves.

  • Birthing beautiful hope

    The Immaculate Heart of Mary bursts into leaping orange flame next to the sword-pierced heart of her resurrected Son. A twisted ring of thorns presses into Mary’s flesh, transmitting the pain a Mother breathes for her child. Jesus’ heart stands behind His mother, a silent sentry promising rest.

  • Ghost stories and signs of the times

    Local artist and photographer Marisol Macias sees ghosts. Well, in the eye of her imagination, at least.

    A collection of Macias’ work, titled “Ghost signs, Ghost Stories,” is on exhibit at Highland University’s Ray Drew Gallery from July 12 through Aug. 10.

  • Police: Man had crack in his car

    A man who was arrested in June on a drug trafficking charge has found himself in hot water less than a month later, police said.

    According to a criminal complaint, a Las Vegas police officer stopped Walter Padilla, 52, 410 Perez St., Saturday afternoon. Padilla was in a car parked near the north entrance of the Inn of Las Vegas; an open bottle of beer in the car was in plain view, police said.

  • Campos takes Luna's reins

    Pete Campos has been on the job for a week and is settling into his new job as the president of Luna Community College.

    “Change is going to come through the teachings, and the teachings that I bring are going to be the daily lessons of patience, discovery and observations,” said Campos, a state senator and former superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools.

  • State changes way licenses issued

    The state Motor Vehicle Division is deploying a new system to produce and issue drivers’ licenses, identification cards and permits at a secure, central location, officials said.

    This means that applicants for driver’s licenses, permits and IDs will leave field offices with paper cards. Their new permanent cards will be mailed to them and should be received within two weeks from the date. However, due to security checks and mail delivery, it could take longer. That’s why the paper extension card is good for 45 days.

  • Kryptos bounce back at state; LP 10-11 in title game

    The Las Vegas Kryptonite triumphed over the Moriarty Heat 11-4 on Tuesday, rebounding from a defeat in Monday’s AABC Sandy Koufax 14-and-under tournament opener.

    Today at 2, the Kryptonite play the Santa Fe Storm in a must-win game, with the winner playing again at 7 p.m.; all games at at Fort Marcy in Santa Fe.

    In Monday’s opener, the Las Cruces Athletics and heat-throwing Sonny Gonzales prevailed 11-2. The A’s scored four runs in each of the first and third innings to go ahead 9-1.

  • Pot case going to trial

    The drug case involving a woman who contends she was using marijuana to help with her cancer is headed to trial.

    Vicky Harvey’s attorney, David Silva, urges the district attorney’s office to dismiss the case at once and apologize to his client. But District Attorney Richard Flores maintains his office must enforce the law, even though he said he has compassion for Harvey, a Chacon resident who is suffering from breast cancer.

  • Fiesta run draws nearly 300

    One participant in Friday morning’s Fiesta run served up the ultimate compliment to the event as he took a moment to catch his breath upon completing the course.

    “This is Olympic caliber competition here today,” he marveled before turning back to encourage fellow runners still heading south on Hot Springs Boulevard toward the finish line on the edge of the Old Town Plaza.

    He wasn’t exaggerating.