Local News

  • A warm welcome - Hundreds show up to celebrate Castañeda

    Area residents packed into the 115-year-old structure by the hundreds, each one seeming to look beyond the dining room’s peeling red paint and seriously outdated wallpaper, and sharing in the vision of the historic hotel coming back to life.

    The Castañeda Hotel’s days as the “Nasty Casty” appear to be numbered, and the jubilant crowd that turned out Monday afternoon to welcome the building’s new owners couldn’t have been happier.

  • Judges sue over pay

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A group of New Mexico judges sued Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday in an effort to overturn a veto that denied them an 8 percent pay raise, an increase the governor says too far eclipsed those given to other state employees like teachers.
    A coalition of judicial associations, individual judges and two state senators filed the lawsuit in New Mexico Supreme Court to reverse the governor’s line-item veto.

  • Geologists link small quakes to fracking

    By Julie Carr Smyth
    The Associated Press

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest.

  • Alliance’s Gallinas River clean-up set for April 26

    Submitted to the Optic

    In honor of Earth Day, Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, along with partners Tierra y Montes, the New Mexico Highlands University Conservation Club and Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, will host the Gallinas River Clean-Up from 9 a.m. to noon on April 26.

    This clean-up will focus on the river and riparian area along the Gallinas in Las Vegas, though there will be a number of volunteer crews sent up into the Gallinas Canyon, and the Friends of the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge will participate at the refuge.

  • Looking Back - April 16, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, April 14 — Last Squad members attending the 26th annual meeting in Las Vegas are Martin Rapp, Harry Armaigis, Don J. Turner, E.M. Barber, Harvey Taylor, Earl Phillips, Walter Kalbo, Jim Roseberry, George Lingnau, John Burns, Dr. Paul D. Henry, Charles Hilton, Ivan Hilton, M.E. Noble, S. Omar Barker, J. Harvey Brown, W.A. Poe, Carl Hursh, Beth B. Gray and Rex Morrison.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 16, 2014

    Silent Voices of WWII
    Glimpses of the Past program, 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center in 116 Bridge St. This month’s topic is “Silent Voices of WWII: When the Sons of the Land of Enchantment Met the Sons of the Land of the Rising Sun.”

  • Weather - April 16, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming north in the evening.

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.


  • Correction - April 16, 2014

    An article that appeared in Friday’s Optic about the T-4 Ranch wanting to be annexed into Quay County should have stated that while the Bidegain family has had oil and gas leases in the past, it no longer does, according to Phil Bidegain.

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    A story in Monday’s Optic about the Ward 1 runoff election should have said that incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron has a Master’s in Business Administration.

  • Helping out
  • Art Auction to benefit Animal Welfare Coalition

    By Jennifer Rowland

    More than 40 New Mexico artists, including local favorites David Perez Escudero, Amber MacLean, Diane Moreno, Meredith Britt, and David Lobdell, have donated original works to ArtBark, an art auction to benefit the Animal Welfare Coalition Animal Shelter in Las Vegas.