Local News

  • Acting city manager confirmed

    The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously Monday to confirm Elmer Martinez as acting city manager, signaling that a new day has arrived at City Hall.

    Martinez, a longtime city employee who has previously served as acting city manager, received a standing ovation from the governing body and from many in the audience following the vote.

    “I have nothing but high confidence in Mr. Martinez,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said as he offered his congratulations.

  • Highlands reunion set for next week

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is calling all alumni for its first-ever Summer Alumni Reunion June 27–28, with a special shout out to the class of 1964 on its 50-year golden anniversary.

  • 2 K-Bobs workers hurt

    Two male employees of K-Bobs were taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital Saturday afternoon after an aerosol container inside the restaurant overheated and burst, injuring them, according to the Las Vegas Fire Department.

    Las Vegas Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the restaurant was evacuated while firefighters checked out the scene. He said there was no actual fire in the restaurant.

    Mares said he didn’t know the extent of the employees’ injuries.

  • Looking Back - June 18, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - June 18, 2014

    Fort Union Days
    Fort Union National Monument announces the return of its Fort Union Days weekend event on Saturday, June 21 and 22. The event weekend is free to the public and runs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Weather - June 18, 2014

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Windy, with a south wind 10-20 mph, becoming southwest 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, becoming north 5-10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.


  • Tapia receives pharmacy doctorate from UNM

    Submitted to the Optic

    Krystle Tapia received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree on May 16 from UNM College of Pharmacy.

    While working for her doctorate, Tapia earned the following distinctions: American College of Clinical Pharmacy Challenge Winner; APhA-ASP Member of the Year; APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition Winner; Dean’s List; and the Burroughs-Wellcome Pharmacy Education Scholarship.

  • Vietnam memorial unveiled

    Family members clung to photos of their loved ones who were killed in action in the Vietnam War during Saturday morning’s dedication of a memorial honoring the area men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

    The dedication included a gun salute and the playing of Taps, traditions marking the pain, sorrow and memories left behind by the servicemen who died in the controversial war.

    Tears flowed at Veterans Park as the 33  names were read. A bell tolled for each one of them. U.S. flags lined the park, which is just off Mills Avenue.

  • Inspectors struggle to keep pace - Four in 10 higher risk wells not inspected by feds

    By Hope Yen and Thomas Peipert
    The Associated Press

    NEW CASTLE, Colo.  — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in safety checks.

  • Montoya to propose tax hike

    San Miguel County commissioners grudgingly adopted an ordinance last week that requires the transfer of one-twelfth percent of gross receipts taxes collected in the county to the state for a new safety net care pool fund.

    And county officials are contemplating raising taxes by the same amount to recoup the revenues that the county will be losing.