Local News

  • Santa Rosa cop shoots man

    The Associated Press
    Authorities say a Santa Rosa police officer has shot a 20-year-old Oklahoma man during a chase.

    New Mexico State Police said the officer shot Kenny Silvers, of McAlester, Okla., early Tuesday following a pursuit near a rail yard.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 28, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Feb. 27 — City police are having trouble with their parking meters. Tuesday morning, 12 meters were found without any money, although the meters themselves had not been damaged. Whoever robbed the meter was wasteful, though, since pennies were found at the base of every empty meter. Yesterday morning another meter was found lying down, broken open and containing only four cents. The robbed meters have been mostly on Seventh Street, although there was at least one on University, Sixth, Eighth and Douglas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 28, 2014

    FFA bingo fundraiser planned for Sunday

    Las Vegas FFA Chapter fundraiser bingo, 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 at the Father George Salazar Building on National Ave. near Immaculate Conception Church. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will be used to attend regional and state FFA competitions.

  • Weather - Feb. 28, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph. Gusts as high as 35 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 15-20 mph.

    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Windy, with a southwest wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A slight chance of snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • Municipal election is Tuesday

    For the first time in the city’s  history, there is no mayor’s race on the ballot of a regular city election.

    Prior to the new city charter being enacted in March 2010, elections were held every two years for a mayor. But in 2014,

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr. was re-elected to the post for a four- year term, and that leaves the municipal judge post as the only citywide position on this years ballot.

  • Judge, council candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With the municipal election set for Tuesday, it’s time to brush up on where candidates stand on the issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all city candidates. What follows are their responses.


    Age: 42
    Address, contact information: 720 Lori Lane; 454-3883
    How long have you lived in Las Vegas?
    Mostly all my Life

  • Another milestone - Meat processing plant expanding

    The Martinez family’s dream came to fruition nearly a year ago with the opening of Martinez and Sons Processing, and the family business keeps expanding. This time around the business is selling frozen USDA inspected beef with the hopes of selling freshly harvested beef within the next few months, if all goes as planned.

  • HU football player pleads to robbery

    A New Mexico Highlands University football player pleaded guilty to felony robbery in Kansas last week, and he’s scheduled to go before a Douglas County judge for sentencing in April.

    According to press accounts of the incident, Christopher S. Martin, 22, and three other men were arrested and charged in connection with a May 13, 2013, home invasion in Lawrence, Kan.

    Authorities there initially alleged that Martin and the others robbed a fellow Kansas University student at gunpoint, taking money and marijuana from him.

  • Bernalillo County running local housing program

    The Bernalillo County Housing Authority is hosting a series of meetings this week to brief landlords on changes and regulations that must be adhered to in San Miguel County’s Section 8 program.

    The program provides housing vouchers to qualified low-income residents in the county.

  • Session ends with inaction on Amtrak

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State lawmakers failed to make any commitment to fund the state’s share of costs to keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief on its current route.

    The session ended without the passage of any of the five bills seeking ways to maintain the passenger train line, the New Mexican reports.

    Amtrak has proposed that New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas all chip in to improve and maintain more than 600 miles of track through their states.