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Today's News

  • Looking ahead - New - Feb. 23, 2015

    Kiwanis Club Pancake Day is Wednesday
    Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas Annual Pancake Day, breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p/.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Flamingo Room. Adults are $8 each and children 10 and younger eat for $5. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea or milk.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 23, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Feb. 17 — Complaints are being heard around the City about the billing department of the City gas company. One resident of the north part of Town moved recently into an all-electric home. He received a gas bill and thinking it was for his old house, paid it. He received another gas bill this month, checked with the people in his old house and found they had also received a gas bill. So he called the gas company and told them he had received a bill, but he has no gas. He was told that perhaps something was wrong with his meter.

  • Weather - Feb. 23, 2015

    Monday
    Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Wind chill values as low as -3. South wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. A 20 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Tuesday
    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Northeast wind 5-10 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.

    Wednesday

  • Committee OK’s preemption bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A House committee has approved legislation that would give New Mexico greater authority than local governments in regulating the oil and gas industry.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the House Energy and Environment Committee passed House Bill 366 on Wednesday on a party-line 6-5 vote.

    Republican Rep. Nate Gentry, of Albuquerque, is sponsoring the legislation that would limit the ability of local governments to set limits for oil and gas producers.

  • Officials to oversee reform of campaign finances

    The Associated Press

    A new task force is being created to overhaul campaign finance practices in New Mexico, state officials said Friday.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas and Secretary of State Dianna Duran announced that the task force will review issues of campaign finance reporting, enforcement and the referral process. The panel will be made up of employees from both their offices.

    “I am focused on putting real teeth into the law and will present these legal solutions to the New Mexico Legislature,” Balderas said in a statement.

  • Saiz promoted to commanding officer post

    Submitted to the Optic

    Lt. Commander J. Jacob Saiz was installed as the new commanding officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in El Paso, Texas, during a change of commander ceremony on Jan. 10.

    Saiz is the grandson of Herman and Lucy Saiz of Las Vegas. His grandfather Herman — a decorated veteran of the Pacific Campaign — placed the command pin on his grandson’s uniform.

    Several family members, including parents John and Maria Saiz of Aztec, N.M., also attended. 

  • QuÉ Pasa - Feb. 23, 2015

    WEDNESDAY
    MIÉRCOLES
    • Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas Annual Pancake Day, breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p/.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Flamingo Room. Adults are $8 each and children 10 and younger eat for $5. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea or milk.

  • Preemption bill is flawed

    As expected, supporters of the oil and gas industry are proposing legislation that would severely limit the authority of New Mexico counties to regulate oil and gas drilling in their jurisdictions.

    One of those measures, House Bill 366, sponsored by Albuquerque Republican Rep. Nate Gentry, has cleared its first hurdle, making it out of the House Energy and Environment Committee last week by a 6-5 vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against.

  • Dispatch New Mexico — Black history and white hearts and minds

    By Tom McDonald

    This whole Harper Lee story, about a long-lost manuscript showing up after a lifetime of being a one-book wonder, really has me intrigued.

    Turns out that “To Kill A Mockingbird” has a sequel, and while I can’t wait to read it, I’m also a bit afraid to. Lee’s book about a Southern white lawyer who defends a black man against a rape charge was a masterpiece, and a sequel is seldom as good. I expect, and dread, a bit of a letdown.

  • Lady Dons outgun crosstown foes

    Celeste Trujillo scored 11 of her 16 points in the first half to propel West Las Vegas past Robertson 57-48 on Thursday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    The win kept West a game behind front-runner Taos in a competitive District 2-4A girls basketball race. The Lady Dons and coach Jose Medina were to host Pojoaque Valley in the finale Saturday night, while RHS was to host Taos.

    In the crosstown rivals’ first meeting this season, Robertson post Angelica Montoya dominated the paint and made life generally miserable for West on both ends of the floor.