Local News

  • FYI - News - March 4, 2013

    The city of Las Vegas is recalculating a number of its water customers’ bills after discovering a glitch in its billing system. Pick up Wednesday’s Optic for the story.

  • Several events planned for annual Iron Tribe contemporary art exhibit

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents Iron Tribe, a contemporary iron art exhibit featuring local, national and international artists.

    The Iron Tribe exhibit is in the university’s Burris Hall Gallery, 903 National Ave.

    Fine arts professor David Lobdell established Iron Tribe, a biannual Highlands event now in its seventh year. This semester, his Exhibit Design – Iron Tribe class is organizing the exhibit and the other iron art events.

  • Breaking: Judge Mathis resigns post

    State District Judge Eugenio Mathis was forced to resign Thursday following allegations that he engaged in improper conduct.

    Mathis, who has been a judge for 20 years, will never again be allowed to hold judicial office under an order approved by the state Supreme Court Thursday afternoon.

    The court documents related to this matter were sealed until late Thursday, after the Optic's Friday edition had gone to press.

  • Lawsuit filed over explosion

    The west-side man who lost his house to a gas explosion two years ago is suing the city, alleging that its negligence caused the destruction of his Church Street home.

    John Singletary’s lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of both the city gas department and the city fire department. The lawsuit, filed in February in state District Court in Las Vegas, seeks unspecified compensatory damages and costs.

  • Senior profile - Bernabe and Nancy Up-the-grove Jaramillo

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    It can be asserted that Las Vegas, New Mexico, is a treasure trove of fascinating individuals from diverse backgrounds. These interesting people live among us and enrich our existence with their life stories and what they “bring to the table.”

    Such is the case with the local couple, Bernabe (Bernie) and his wife, Nancy Up-the-grove Jaramillo.

  • Luna board members sling mud

    Members of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees aren’t holding back when it comes to hanging out their colleagues’ dirty laundry for all to see.

    Last week, board member Abelino Montoya Jr. disclosed the thousands of dollars in payments collected by board chairman Jerry Maestas for attending meetings, accusing him of setting a bad example and lining his pockets at the expense of taxpayers.

  • House OKs pension plan solvency fix

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Teachers and other educators will pay more into their pension program to help shore up its long-term finances under a proposal approved Wednesday by the House.

    Besides higher payroll contributions by workers earning more than $20,000, the proposal will change pension benefits for educators hired in the future, including imposing a minimum retirement age of 55 and delaying when they could receive cost-of-living adjustments in their retirement checks.

  • Jail Log - March 1, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 18 and Feb. 24:

    Jose Archuleta, 68, seven day commitment
    Joebarry Vigal, 22, aggravated battery, bench warrant: Two counts aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon, probation violation: New charges
    Anthony Silva, 50, four day commitment
    Vincent Sandoval, 22, failure to pay
    Nathan Rascón, 23, violation of restraining order
    John Paul, 25, false information, concealing identity

  • Looking Back - March 1, 2013

    In 1963

    Friday, March 1 — Robert Detterick was elected chairman of the City Board of Education at a special meeting held in the office of the superintendent, Tom Clark. The employment of Nick Di- Domenico for the 1963-64 school year as a teacher with coaching duties to be determined by the superintendent was approved.


  • Looking Ahead - News - March 1, 2013

    AAUW book sale today and Saturday
    Check out the huge selection of books at the AAUW annual used book sale today (Friday) and Saturday. The book sale is held in the NMHU Student Center lobby from noon to 6 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Funds raised go to support scholarships for NMHU women.