Local News

  • Looking Back - Sept. 30, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Sept. 27 — A Las Vegas Robertson High School graduate has been elected to the presidency of the sophomore class at Highlands University. Jimmy Sampson, son of Mrs. and Mrs. James C. Sampson, was elected president at a meeting of the sophomore class recently. Sampson was also president of the freshman class last year. He is active in Beta Chi social fraternity, Circle K and Modern Choir.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 30, 2013

    Plein Air Paint Out
     Las Vegas Plein Air Paint Out will be Thursday, Oct. 3 through Sun, Oct. 6. Opening night, artist registration, slide show and lecture with NMHU Assistant Professor of Art, Ester O’Fearghail at El Zocalo Artist Coop. from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Cost is $25 per participant and $10 for students, but no one turned away for lack of funds. For more information, contact Duffy at 426-6688 or Amber at ambmaclean@mac.com.

  • Weather - Sept. 30, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 78. Northwest wind around 10 mph. At night, mostly clear, with a low around 47. West wind around 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight.

    Sunny, with a nigh near 79. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Tuesday night clear with a low around 47.

    Sunny, with a high near 76. At night, mostly clear, with a low around 47.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:55 a.m. to 6:46 p.m.

  • State investigation launched

    A spokesperson for the state Public Education Department has confirmed that an ethics investigation into the Mora School District is under way.

    In August, former Mora school district employee Roger Gonzales notified the school board publicly of potential violations of state statues. He then hand-delivered a letter outlining the alleged violations to the state education department. The investigation appears to stem from the allegations contained in Gonzales’ letter.

  • Search of home ends with arrests

    The drug raids that played out last week are just the latest in an ongoing effort by the Region IV Narcotics Task Force to crack down on drug traffickers throughout the area.

    The week before officers arrested two individuals after executing a search warrant at their residence at 110 Baca Ave.

  • Senior profile - Raymundo ‘Ray’ Angel

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    More than 70 years later, the memory is still vivid in Raymundo Angel’s mind.

    He recalls the smoke and the burning ships. The day was Dec. 7, 1941, and the Japanese were attacking Pearl Harbor.

    Ray, a Marine, was stationed at Ewa Airfield, two miles from Pearl Harbor. The airfield also came under attack, but Ray survived it.

    Witnessing firsthand the death and destruction that rained down on our nation on that day of infamy didn’t rob Ray of his optimism.

  • Storms pushed state out of extreme drought

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Much of New Mexico remains beset by drought, but the recent heavy rains brought some relief — especially in the driest areas.

    More than 6.2 inches of rain fell in the Las Vegas Area from Sept. 10 through Sept. 16, according to the National Weather Service. That rain has made a significant difference in bringing up the city’s water storage.

  • Audit faults oversight of child care programs

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Legislative auditors criticized state oversight of taxpayer-subsidized child care providers Wednesday, saying a government agency failed to detect sex offenders living at child care locations.

    Staff auditors of the Legislative Finance Committee said the Children, Youth and Families Department suspended three child care homes after auditors told the agency that registered sex offenders listed the homes as their primary addresses.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 27, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 16 and Sept. 20:

    James Marsh, 42, 6-day commitment
    Peter Castillo, 24, 3-day commitment  
    Raymond Ortega, 37, possession of burglary tools
    Joe Romero, 56, Harboring or aiding a felon SM Mag.
    Vicente Gallegos, 37, criminal sexual penetration of a minor, child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, selling or giving alcoholic beverages to minor bench warrant. Sandoval Magistrate

  • Looking Back - Sept. 27, 2013

    In 1963

    Monday, Sept. 23 — Memorial services will be held later this week for Ernest Norris Thwaites, 59, owner and operator of Las Vegas radio station KFUN, who was killed Saturday night in a plane crash east of Albuquerque, near Edgewood. Thwaites was en route to Las Vegas from Albuquerque in his private plane, 400 Charley, an all-metal Cessna 180. The crash was not discovered until early Sunday morning, by Pete Muller of Edgewood, who found the wreckage in a nearby pasture. Thwaites had more than 20 years of flying experience.