Local News

  • Montoya: Chairman is bilking taxpayers

    Less than two weeks before Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees election, two incumbents are trading verbal jabs, one accusing the other of unnecessarily padding his pockets at the expense of taxpayers, among other things, and the other saying he did nothing wrong and calling his critic a “liar.”

    The drama played out at Wednesday evening’s Board of Trustees meeting, with Abelino Montoya Jr. making the accusations and calling for Board Chairman Jerry Maestas to resign.

  • Museum goal met - Group raises $100K for museum

    In the fall of 2007, the Friends of the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection set a big fundraising goal which they have recently met.

    They wanted to raise $100,000 within five years for the museum’s endowment. They met that goal through raffles and donations. The funds are used for public programs, educational exhibits, scholarly publications, publicity and care of the historical artifacts in the museum’s collections.

  • Ranch supply store open for business

    The wait is over.

    The sprawling farm and ranch supply store built on NM 518 north of Walmart opened for business last week. The grand opening celebration for Tractor Supply Company  kicked off Thursday and will run through Sunday.

    That’s good news for many area ranchers, some of whom were driving all the way to Alamosa, Colo., to pick up such specialty supplies as bailing wire.

  • Domenici had son outside marriage

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    For nearly 40 years, Sen. Pete Domenici’s reputation was that of a well-respected — some might say staid — conservative Republican and honorable family man.

    But the 80-year-old New Mexico political giant’s persona was shaken Wednesday with the revelation that he had an out-of-wedlock child in the 1970s and became embroiled in what might be described as an inside-the-Beltway soap opera.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 22, 2013

    Optic staff and wire

    Skating rink not yet safe

    The city of Las Vegas, over the last several weeks, has met with concerned citizens regarding the Montezuma skating pond.
    At this time, the city has determined that the skating pond is not safe for public use due to the thin ice and warm weather conditions.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 22, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 12 and Feb. 18:

  • Looking Back - Feb. 22, 2013

    In 1963

    Monday, Feb. 25 — To be initiated into Sigma Sigma Kappa scholastic honorary at Robertson High School tonight are Margaret Saiz, Frances Lopez, Ruth Ann Rudolph, Marcia Hurt, Lorella Gallegos, Jeannie Brumbelow, Frank Elliott, Harold Rapp, Jan Ansley, Kathy McMurray, Mary Peterson, Linda Nunn, Susan Bunker, Mike Weatherwax, Terry Hill, Larry Thatcher, Steve Stuckwisch, Lewis Terr and John Crenshaw.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 22, 2013

    Art show wraps up Tuesday

    The “Ban Fracking” Art Show and Poster Contest is showing until Feb. 26 at Traveler’s Café. Come view artwork from local children and adults on banning fracking in San Miguel County. Hours are: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

  • Weather - Feb. 22, 2013

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 17. West wind around 15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 15-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:39 a.m. to 5:50 p.m.

  • NM Senate, House at odds over changes

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers are at odds over how to carry out a voter mandate for increasing the qualifications for future members of the state’s utility regulatory agency.

    The Senate approved a proposal Wednesday on a 32-8 vote that differs significantly from a House-passed measure setting new standards for Public Regulation Commission members.