Local News

  • Farm bill includes payments to rural counties

    By Matthew Daly
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can’t tax. About 1,900 local governments — mostly in the West — received a total of $400 million last year under the program, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT.

    More than three-quarters of the money went to 12 Western states, with the largest shares going to California, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 31, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Jan. 30— George Arellanes was named as the Republican candidate for mayor of West Las Vegas and Manuel Valdez and Carlos R. Baca were named as council candidates at a meeting of Town Republicans last night at the county court house. Town Police Magistrate Hilario Montaño, was named as the Republican candidate for that position in the upcoming election. Arellanes, was San Miguel County Sheriff for two years and is a business partner of former Mayor Junio Lopez.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 31, 2014

    Town Hall Meeting
    Mora County Commissioner John Olivas will speak on the passage of the Mora County Bill of Rights ordinance that bans fracking. The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Mora High School Administration Board Room. Thomas Linzey, a lawyer representing Mora County, will be available to answer questions.

  • FYI - Jan. 31, 2013

    The loud boom that many Las Vegas residents heard shortly before noon on Wednesday was the result of military aircraft testing being done in the area, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said. The noise had many wondering if there had been an explosion. But Montaño said his department received confirmation from the FAA that it was the result of military testing in the area.

  • Weather - Jan. 31, 2014

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

  • Stalking awareness
  • 2 arrested in bar beating

    Two men are facing a host of felony charges after they allegedly pointed a gun at one man and then attacked another man at a local bar, according to court documents.

    Robert C. Padilla, 37, of the 6200 block of Lupin Road in Rio Rancho, and Jerome J. Garcia, 40, of Albuquerque, were both booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center, where they remained on Tuesday.

    The incident occurred last Wednesday evening at Trujillo’s Package Liquor on Grand. Police received a call about a fight in progress and were also told that one of the men had a handgun.

  • Giving back - UWC students volunteer time

    Las Vegas Optic

    Roughly 200 United World College students got busy recently. The students volunteered their time to work on 10 community projects and nine on-campus projects as part of the National Day of Service.

    The students were joined by five Americacorps volunteers. The community projects included cleaning up the Beaver Creek campsite, trail repair at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, helping with renovations at the local senior center, and repainting of parking lines at Rio Gallinas school.

  • Man accused of soliciting 11-year old

    A 48-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested Saturday after a woman called police to report that a neighbor was sending sexually explicit texts to her 11-year-old daughter.

    Daniel Mendez, whose address in court documents is listed as the 2500 block of Dalia Street, has been charged with one count of soliciting a child under 13 by electronic communication device, a third-degree felony, and with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

  • Senator pushing online disclosures

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexicans would have online access to the financial-disclosure statements of judges under legislation proposed by an Albuquerque lawmaker.