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Today's News

  • Straight from the City: ‘Waste not’

    Sludge. It’s really not a glamorous topic. But on the other hand, any farmer can tell you it’s the earthy things that are the most fertile.

    The city’s wastewater department is doing good things with sludge.

    Used to be, the sludge by-product of our wastewater treatment system was wet, and heavy, and city employees were hauling it out to the airport by semi truck to dump it, 12 to 20 times a week.

  • Ninjas runner-up in tourney

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas' Meadow City Soccer Club entered  two teams to the 31st Annual Gaylord Sheppard Memorial Tournament in Bernalillo on the weekend of Nov. 11-12, and brought home some hardware for their efforts.

    Coached by Ian Williamson, the U10 Ninjas were led by Aaron Doss (12 goals) and Theo Williamson (six goals), and dominated most of their division, outscoring their competition 20-4.  

  • U.S. men: Klinsmann out, Arena in for now

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — In a sign of just how much American soccer has grown up, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in the final round World Cup qualifying.

    Six days after a 4-0 loss at Costa Rica dropped the Americans to 0-2, Klinsmann was terminated after nearly 5 1/2 years during a meeting Monday at a Los Angeles hotel with U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati and Secretary General Dan Flynn.

  • Man gets 20 years in slayings

    The Mora County man who pleaded guilty to killing two people was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this week.

    Donald Valdez, 46, was sentenced on Monday to the maximum sentence allowed under the plea agreement he entered into with prosecutors on Sept. 12. District Judge Matthew Sandoval also ordered that Valdez serve 85 percent of his sentence, meaning that he must serve a minimum of 16 ½ years in prison before being eligible for release.

    Valdez will be given credit for the 13 months he has been locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Two seats on East board up for grabs

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board will be asking voters to approve an $11 million general obligation bond and a $2 million mill levy during the upcoming Feb. 7 school board elections. Voters will also be electing two school board members.

    The board seats on the ballot are currently held by board chairman Leroy Lujan and by two-term board member Gabriel Lucero. Both seats are for four-year terms that begin on March 1.

    Lujan, who has served on the board since August 2014, is seeking re-election.

  • Bring on the Christmas season - City ready for holidays

    Christmas is several weeks away, but the city is already bustling with holiday cheer. For several weeks the city of Las Vegas has been putting up holiday decorations throughout town, including banners on Mills Avenue and two large Christmas trees, one near Plaza Park and the other on Douglas Avenue and Seventh Street.

    City crews have also strung lights along trees in Plaza Park and Carnegie Library Park. Plaza and Bridge Street business have decorated their windows.

  • Victory Ranch celebrates 25 years

    Submitted to the Optic

    Twenty five years ago, Ken and Carol Weisner came from Chicago to realize their dream of owning a ranch in northern New Mexico.  

    They bought a 1,000-acre ranch in the Mora Valley and after some trials started an alpaca ranch and store. The ranch became the largest alpaca ranch in the Southwest. Indeed, Victory Ranch alpacas have won numerous ribbons in nation-wide events.  

  • 14 freight cars carrying grain derail near Santa Rosa

    SANTA ROSA — Authorities say there were no injuries or spills of hazardous materials when 15 railroad cars carrying grain and one locomotive derailed in eastern New Mexico.

    The New Mexico State Police said the derailment occurred Tuesday about 10 miles east of Santa Rosa near Interstate 40.

    The train belongs to Union Pacific Railroad.

    Sgt. Chad Pierce said Tuesday that while I-40 was open in both directions, westbound exit 284 was closed due to cleanup work.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 25, 2016

    Optic staff and wire
    City Hall not taking payments
    The city of Las Vegas announced this week that it will no longer be accepting utility payments at City Hall at 1700 North Grand until further notice.

  • Officers aim to crack down on DWI over holiday season

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says law enforcement across the state is stepping up patrols over the holiday season to crack down on drunken driving.

    She says state police officers will be placed every 20 miles along Interstate-40 over the Thanksgiving weekend to patrol for drunken drivers, and to catch other traffic violations.

    The boost in officers on the highway is part of a nationwide project that other state highway patrols and police in the U.S. are participating in.