Local News

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 1, 2014

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    New restaurant halts booze sales  

  • No major incidents during rally

    Las Vegas police were out in force over the weekend as hundreds of motorcyclists flocked to the Meadow City for the annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally.

    Aside from bar fights at El Rialto and the Plaza Hotel on Saturday night, the rally itself was relatively quiet, Deputy Chief Eugene Garcia said. Garcia said no serious injuries resulted from those fights. Officers cited those involved.

    Police did make a few arrests, but those cases didn’t appear to be related to rally participants.

  • Over the Edge - Play will keep audience laughing

    Las Vegas’ own parody will hit the stage once again starting tomorrow evening. Over the Edge Part 7 is one that you don’t want to miss, as it is full of comical relief poking fun at local and national events, including the departure of former City Manager Tim Dodge, the oil and gas industry, ObamaCare, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s visits to Las Vegas, and the Bradner Dam project.

    Overall, the play pokes fun at the pharmaceutical industry using various fake names for medications.

  • Two killed in apparent DWI crash

    Two people died early Sunday morning in a rollover just outside of Mora, and state police suspect that alcohol was a factor.

    The deceased have been identified as Diego Martinez, 20, of Mora, and Devin Candelaria, 20, of Georgetown, Texas.

    The rollover occurred on NM 518, Mile Post 28, outside of Mora.

    State police say Martinez was driving the vehicle south on NM 518. The vehicle drifted to the right, continued for a short distance and then rolled over.

  • NM tax holiday starts Friday

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s annual tax holiday is approaching and will provide shoppers with savings on purchases of school supplies, computers and some clothing and shoes.

    Starting Friday through the weekend, there will be no gross receipts tax on certain products purchased at participating retailers.

    The tax rate varies across the state, but exceeds 8 percent in some communities.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - July 30, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Retiree health care agency proposes solvency plan

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Taxpayers and public employees would pay an extra $45 million annually under a proposal to improve the finances of a program providing subsidized health care for retired state and local government workers.

    The Retiree Health Care Authority executive director Mark Tyndall said Monday the Legislature will be asked to phase in the increases in payroll contributions over three years starting in mid-2016. Lawmakers convene in January.

  • Looking Back - July 30, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - July 30, 2014

    Over the Edge, Part 7
    “Over the Edge,” an original comedy about Las Vegas, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday, at Sala de Madrid, on the Highlands University campus. General admission: $10; Seniors: $8; students with I.D.: $5.

  • Weather - July 28

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Cloudy, with a low around 54. East wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.