http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en East candidates tackle issues http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/east-candidates-tackle-issues <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/01.23_lujanromero.jpg" alt="Among the candidates attending Tuesday night’s forum were board member Leroy Lujan, left, and Dennis E. Romero. Both are running unopposed. " title="Among the candidates attending Tuesday night’s forum were board member Leroy Lujan, left, and Dennis E. Romero. Both are running unopposed. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> In less than two weeks, voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots in either the Las Vegas City Schools or West Las Vegas School board elections. On Tuesday, voters of the Las Vegas City Schools district had a chance to listen to board candidates tackle the issues head on.</p> <p> The election will fill four of the five seats on the board of the east side school district. Two of the four seats on the board are contested. All four seats are at-large within the Las Vegas City Schools board district.</p> <p> Election Day for both school districts is Feb. 3.</p> Digging out - Storm causes delays, closures http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/digging-out-storm-causes-delays-closures <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/01.23_snow1.jpg" alt="Chris Romero, a U.S.P.S. employee, bundled up Thursday morning in order to clear snow from in front of the post office. Several inches of snow fell overnight Wednesday." title="Chris Romero, a U.S.P.S. employee, bundled up Thursday morning in order to clear snow from in front of the post office. Several inches of snow fell overnight Wednesday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A winter storm brought much needed moisture to northeast New Mexico Wednesday and Thursday, dumping several&nbsp; inches of snow in the area and leaving roadways icy.</p> <p> Treacherous driving conditions prompted schools and offices throughout the area to either close completely on Thursday or start two hours later than normal.</p> Few surprised by ruling in Mora case http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/few-surprised-ruling-mora-case <p> Disappointed, yes. Surprised, not so much.</p> <p> That was Santa Fe attorney Jeff Haas&rsquo; reaction to Monday&rsquo;s ruling by a federal judge throwing out Mora County&rsquo;s community rights ordinance, which sought to ban all oil and gas drilling in the county and limit the rights currently enjoyed by corporations.</p> State ranks low in child welfare http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/state-ranks-low-child-welfare <p> By Russell Contreras<br /> The Associated Press</p> <p> New Mexico continues to rank near the bottom in child poverty and the state has been slow to recover economically and stop the dwindling of resources, a new report said.</p> <p> The New Mexico Voices for Children on Tuesday released its annual New Mexico Kids Count report, which also faulted state lawmakers for not presenting any new anti-poverty initiatives to help one of the poorest states.</p> Rodella gets 10 years in road rage case http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/rodella-gets-10-years-road-rage-case <p> By Russell Contreras<br /> The Associated Press</p> <p> A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former New Mexico sheriff to 10 years in prison for abusing a driver in a bizarre, off-duty traffic stop that prosecutors described as a fit of road rage.</p> <p> Ex-Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella told the judge at the sentencing hearing that he did good deeds during his tenure, and the court received letters from community members praising his service.</p> Gov urges lawmakers to cooperate http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/gov-urges-lawmakers-cooperate <p> By Susan Montoya Bryan<br /> The Associated Press</p> <p> SANTA FE &mdash; Republican Gov. Susana Martinez urged state lawmakers Tuesday to put aside their politics and come together to focus on improving the lives of New Mexico&rsquo;s children through a slew of education and economic development reforms.</p> <p> Martinez outlined her legislative priorities in her State of the State address after lawmakers convened for what many have described as a historic 60-day session.</p> Republicans reshuffle House committees http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/republicans-reshuffle-house-committees <p> By Astrid Galvan<br /> The Associated Press</p> <p> SANTA FE&mdash; Republican leaders began wielding their newfound political power Wednesday by advancing a measure that would revamp the way some things work in New Mexico&rsquo;s House of Representatives.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s been six decades since Republicans have held the majority in the chamber, and now they&rsquo;re scrambling to set a new course with a slew of committee changes they say are aimed at making things more efficient. They proposed consolidating some panels and eliminating others.</p> Jail Log - Jan. 23, 2015 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/jail-log-jan-23-2015 <p> The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 12 and Jan. 20:<br /> Martin Valencia, 41, probation violation: positive UA (heroin) failure to pay fines, bench warrant, Adult Probation Office/LV Municipal<br /> Gilbert Romero, 29, driving on suspended/revoked license<br /> John Herburger, 52, violation of Florida state law, bench warrant, Florida State<br /> Eric Hester, 38, drug court violation<br /> Thomas Gutierrez, 28, larceny, bench warrant, SM Magistrate<br />