Local News

  • Another tragedy - Families thought girls were at slumber party

    A fateful drive took the lives of two middle school students early Saturday morning, but their spirit, energy and spunk live on in the memories of their families.

    Kayla Martinez, 14, and Aleandra ”Aly” Sanchez were two of the eight people crammed into a four-door silver Infiniti sedan when the car rolled over into a median on I-25 near Tecolote around 2 a.m. on Saturday. The sedan landed on its roof, and all eight occupants were ejected.

    Police say alcohol, speed and reckless driving were all factors in the crash.

  • Teen may be charged as an adult

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    District Attorney Richard Flores is considering whether to try as an adult the teenage driver who allegedly left the scene of an alcohol-related crash near Tecolote early Saturday morning that left two dead and six injured.

    If Wayne Lovato, 17, of the 2400 block of Calle Bonita in Las Vegas, is tried as an adult and convicted of abuse of a child resulting in death and great bodily harm charges stemming from the case, he could face “significant” prison time , 4th Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores said.

  • Romero chided for seedy houses

    The city official responsible for going after nuisance properties had the tables turned on him last week, with one of his bosses accusing him of neglecting his own properties.

    Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron confronted City attorney Dave Romero at last week’s Council work session.

  • Area projects survive veto pen

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed off Friday on a capital outlay bill that sets aside $11.5 million for projects in San Miguel and Mora counties.

    Unlike last year, when the governor vetoed a number of area projects, all of this year’s projects for Mora and San Miguel county survived the governor’s veto pen, including the $1.8 million allocated for planning and design of the city of Las Vegas’ Bradner Dam and another $1.85 million for Mora County’s complex, which has been stalled for years due to lack of funding.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 10, 2013

    Optic staff and wire

    Firefighter pact approved
    The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously last week to approve a contract between the city and its firefighters union that will be in effect for the rest of this fiscal year and the following ne.
    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the contract calls for the firefighters to receive a pay raise of 50 cents an hour right away and then a 2 percent raise next fiscal year. He said the increases are consistent with the contracts approved with the city’s other unions.

  • Looking Back - April 10, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, April 9 — In its second appearance at the New Mexico High School Driving Road-e-o at Silver City this past weekend, the Robertson High School team placed one of its number in fourth place in the individual competition. Robertson High first sent a team last year and this year showed noticeable improvement over their initial venture. Louis “Butch” Terr of Las Vegas took fourth- place honors with a score of 674 out of a possible total of 750. Tony L. Lovato is the driving instructor for Robertson.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 10, 2013

    Green infrastructure talk set for Thursday  
    The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance is sponsoring a presentation on how natural systems can improve urban watershed health. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in room G35 Donnelly Library.

  • Weather - April 10, 2013

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. East wind around 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

  • Correction - April 10, 2013

    A caption accompanying the Fiesta de La Hispanidad photograph in Friday’s Optic misidentified a performer. The person photographed is Latina.
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    A story in the March 23 edition of the Optic misidentified the organization the proceeds from the Free to Breathe event were to go to. Proceeds went to the National Lung Cancer Partnership.

  • Thatcher rejected feminist label

    By Jill Lawless
    The Associated Press

    LONDON — She was Britain’s first female leader, a strong woman who battled her way to the top of a male-dominated political system — but don’t call Margaret Thatcher a feminist.