Local News

  • BREAKING: East board severing ties with superintendent

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez has been placed on paid administrative leave for the remainder of her contract, and in a near unanimous vote, the school board decided Thursday evening to continue with Lydia Flores as interim superintendent.

    Mcnellis-Martinez has been on leave from the district since mid-January.

    At the Thursday evening school board meeting, board President Gloria Lovato Pacheco announced that McNellis-Martinez had declined to pursue a contract with the district.

  • $10M allocated for city dam

    In the waning hours of the session, state lawmakers signed off on a capital outlay package that appropriates $10 million for the Bradner Dam project.

    It’s not the $16 million that the city and others in the community had been pushing hard for, but city officials were nevertheless grateful for the money.

    “We’re thankful for any state and or federal dollar that we can use to offset rate increases,” said city Utilities Director Ken Garcia.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said he was elated with the funding.

  • Raising money for the hungry - Empty Bowls event is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Each year the Las Vegas Soup Kitchen and Samaritan House’s Casa de Samaritan Shelter provide thousands of meals to hungry families in the area. By serving hot meals and providing opportunities for social interaction and resource referral, these two agencies help people make ends meet and ensure that fewer people go hungry.

  • No surgeon on duty at Alta Vista

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has confirmed that it lost surgical and obstetric physician coverage in recent days, prompting it to put an alternate plan into place to deal with patients in need of those services.

    Hospital spokeswoman Linda M. Leyba said in an email Tuesday that obstetrics has resumed service. But that’s not the case for surgery.

  • City judge race taking center stage

    With no mayoral race on the ballot for the March 4 election, the typically quiet race for municipal judge is taking center stage.

    In past years, incumbent Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo has sailed into office, easily defeating his challengers. But this year the popular judge is facing stiff competition from Diane Moore, a former city councilor who has also enjoyed success at the polls. Also running in that race is Luna Community College employee Eric Cummings.

  • Boy, 12, found dead in New Mexico field

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    LOS LUNAS — A 12-year-old boy’s body was discovered in a vacant lot in central New Mexico, and a teenage friend of the victim is being held on suspicion of murder, authorities said Wednesday.

    Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard told reporters that Alex Madrid, of Albuquerque, was found Tuesday in a field west of Los Lunas after his parents reported him missing.

  • $6 billion state budget approved by Legislature

    By Barry Massey and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Legislature crossed the finish line Thursday of a 30-day session that was filled with disputes between Democrats and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The House and Senate adjourned at noon Thursday.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 21, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 11 and Feb. 16.

    Richard Baca, 57, six-day commitment
    Anthony Tapia, 28, hold for court
    Aaron Benavidez, 24, drug court violation three-day commitment
    Tommy Abeyta, 50, bench warrant  SM District
    Ronnie Lujan, 29, probation violation: alcohol violation  
    Peter Lovato, 36, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, resisting,  evading or obstructing an officer,  bench warrant  SM Magistrate

  • Looking Back - Feb. 21, 2014

    In 1964

    Wednesday, Feb. 19 — John Lawson, who purchased the Castañeda Hotel in 1962, is remodeling it and converting the second floor into two-room furnished apartments. When the conversion is completed during the summer, there will be 21 apartments on the second floor of the hotel. At that time there will be no more overnight accommodations. At the present time there are 15 apartments ready or nearly ready for occupancy, many of them already rented, and some overnight rooms.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 21, 2014

    Shakespeare’s “Tempest”
    United World College-USA’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the school auditorium. The 400-year-old play is about slavery, magic and love. The show is free and open to the public. Parking will be near the Welcome Center on the campus in Montezuma.