Local News

  • Suit: DEA paid source with crack

    The Associated Press

    A lawsuit says federal agents paid a struggling addict in crack for his help with an undercover investigation into a Las Vegas, New Mexico drug operation.

    Court papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque say 38-year-old Aaron Romero was approached by DEA agents in 2011 to assist with drug deals in exchange for portions of the drugs obtained by authorities.

  • Regents OK new degree program

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University regents on Monday approved a new Conservation Management degree program for students interested in outdoor related careers.

    The Conservation Management degree will provide graduates the opportunity to pursue policy, planning, outreach and education positions with organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service or the state Department of Game and Fish or State Parks Division, said Teresita  Aguilar, vice president of academic affairs.

  • Looking Back - July 16, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, July 20 — Valuable water which is desperately needed in Storrie Lake was lost Saturday when a flash flood poured down the Gallinas River with logs jamming the Gallinas River Canal gate. The water is badly needed by farms on the Storrie Project. Storrie Lake is extremely low this summer. Livestock loss was also reported in the path of the flood which occurred after heavy rains in the Gallinas Canyon. After the flood, residents along the river were reportedly able to pick up fish all along the banks.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 16, 2014

    Meeting on adoptive, foster parents
    An information meeting to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the local CYFD office at 2518 Ridge Runner Road. Call Renee Valerio at 575-758-8871 or renee.valerio@state.nm.us

  • Weather - July 16

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 10-15 mph, becoming northwest in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. North wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.


  • State to release corrected teacher evaluations

    The Associated Press

    Hundreds of New Mexico teachers who received evaluations with errors will get corrected evaluations within weeks.

    The Public Education Department plans to release corrected evaluations for the past school year by end of August, spokesman Larry Behrens said.

    Education Secretary Hanna Skandera has said faulty data reported by districts during the first implementation of the new evaluation system caused the errors, but some superintendents have said they doubted districts alone were responsible.

  • Board at odds over gym

    Out with the old or in with the new? That is the question that plagues the West Las Vegas School board regarding its middle school gymnasium.

    During a heated discussion last week, board members exchanged verbal jabs about whether to demolish and rebuild the middle school gym or to keep the existing facility the was constructed in 1963. The cost of the project is roughly $10 million, with the district’s portion of approximately $1.8 million.

  • Treatment vs. simple jail time

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Doing time at the San Miguel County jail could soon provide serious benefits to some inmates as administrators embark on an ambitious plan to build a re-integration unit where social and treatment services can be provided.

    “This is an excellent way for us to address the many challenges we’re seeing in our community,” said jail administrator Patrick Snedeker.

    Recidivism at the county lockup is alarmingly high with some inmates returning multiple times due to a lack of intervention.

  • Last fiesta
  • Pecos ranch suing co-op over fire

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A historic fly-fishing ranch near Pecos says an electric cooperative’s negligence led to a 2013 wildfire that destroyed thousands of acres of forest, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday.

    Cow Creek Ranch filed a complaint against the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative in state District Court.