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  • Minimal damage from repository fire

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Crews declared a blaze at an underground nuclear repository in southeastern New Mexico snuffed out and determined that there was minimal damage after a truck hauling salt caught fire and prompted an evacuation.

  • Panel OKs regent proposal

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A proposal is moving ahead in the House for revamping the selection of the governing boards for public universities.

    The House Education Committee on Wednesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to establish independent nominating commissions to recommend candidates to the governor for appointment as regents.

    The bipartisan commissions would be similar to panels that screen applicants for judgeships and recommend candidates to the governor for possible appointment.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 7, 2014

    In 1964

    Wednesday, Feb. 5 — New Mexico Representative Joseph M. Montoya has designated three young men from the Las Vegas area to take competitive examinations this year for three service academies. Among those taking the U.S. Air Force Academy examination is Rudy J. Martinez Jr. of Wagon mound. Those named to take the U.S. Naval Academy examination included Nat Kearns of Las Vegas. The prospective U.S. Merchant Marine Academy students include Edward J. Blea, Rainsville.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 7, 2014

    Sweetheart Dance this Saturday

    Rough Rider Blues, Third Annual Sweetheart Dance, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Las Vegas Plaza Hotel Ballroom. Music by the Low Down Daddies. Free and open to the public of all ages. Light food and drinks (non-alcoholic) will be provided.

  • Weather - Feb. 7, 2014

    Friday
    Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 24. West wind around 15 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Monday
    A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

  • Five Democrats seeking nomination for governor

    The Associated Press

    SANTA Fe — Five Democrats have officially entered the race to unseat Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, Santa Fe businessman Alan Weber, longtime government worker Lawrence Rael of Albuquerque and state Sens. Howie Morales of Silver City and Linda Lopez of Albuquerque Tuesday turned in the petitions and paperwork required to qualify for the Democratic Party’s June primary ballot.

    No one has filed to run against Martinez in the GOP primary.

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  • Cops: DUI driver had kid

    A Las Vegas woman is facing a felony child abuse charge for allegedly driving drunk with her 8-year-old son last week.

    State police arrested Barbara M. Menchaca, 25, of the 700 block of Jackson Street, on the night of Jan. 30 after she crashed her vehicle on NM 63 in Rowe.

    When the officer arrived at the scene he encountered Menchaca, who was speaking with her young son.

  • Avid Denver Bronco fans - Bowl trip provides memories

    Las Vegas residents Lawrence Martinez, Orlando Brown, Deanna Urioste and Danny Downs have something in common. They all attended Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday where they cheered for the Denver Broncos.

    Despite the Broncos losing to the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8, the Las Vegas residents enjoyed the game and say they are coming back with wonderful memories.

  • UPDATED: Chairwoman opposes nomination

    By The Associated Press and Optic staff

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee leader is opposing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointee to the governing board of New Mexico Highlands University.

    Rules Committee chairwoman Linda Lopez, an Albuquerque Democrat, said Monday she’ll recommend the panel reject Carl Foster’s nomination to the university’s board of regents.

    Lopez said Foster has a conflict of interest because of a pending lawsuit against the school for breach of contract.