Local News

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 13, 2012

    Investment fraud seminars to be held next week

    Investment Fraud Seminars will be held at 5:15 p.m. this Monday and at noon on Tuesday, both at the Council Chambers in City Hall. For more information, call Tasha Martinez at 426-3286.

  • Zipline opens in Angel Fire

    Submitted to the Optic

    Angel Fire Resort opened a multi-station Zipline Tour at the summit of the Angel Fire Resort ski mountain last Friday. The Angel Fire Zipline Adventure Tour is the first of its kind in New Mexico.  On the signature segment of the tour, adrenaline seekers will fly 50 stories above the forest floor as they traverse from peak to peak, side by side, on a 1,600-foot tandem zipline.

    The highly anticipated Zipline Tour is giving visitors a reason to make Angel Fire one of their primary stops this summer.

  • NM on verge of repossessing computer

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The administration of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is on the verge of taking back the state’s $11 million supercomputer known as Encanto from the nonprofit group set up to operate it.

    The administration has told the New Mexico Computing Applications Center it plans to repossess the machine because the group can’t pay its bills or perform necessary upkeep, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 13, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Lake filled with ash and silt
    RUIDOSO — Bonito Lake north of Ruidoso is no longer viable as a drinking water source for the city of Alamogordo after a wildfire filled the body of water with silt and ash.
    The Ruidoso News reports that the lake known as a fishing and camping retreat now has the odor of charred trees and rotting fish in the air.
    Justin King, public works project manager for Ruidoso, says it will take several years of dredging to correct the problems.

  • Weather - July 13, 2012

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 58. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.


  • Area schools struggling

    The final 2011-12 grades are in for area schools, and they show that there’s lots of room for improvement at the East, West and Mora schools.

    Indeed, if your child came home with a report card like the ones that area school districts received on Monday, chances are they’d be in for a stern talk and possibly even a grounding.

    Las Vegas City Schools ended up with six Ds and two Cs. The West Las Vegas School District took home a B, five Cs, three Ds, and its charter school received an F.

  • London bound - Locals to perform at Olympics

    The 2012 Summer Olympics begins in just a few weeks and with it comes a rare opportunity for three area natives who will get to showcase their musical talents in front of thousands gathered for the grand athletic event.  

    On July 25, Reynaldo Maestas, Dorothy Lanphere and James Leger will jump on a plane headed to London.

    “It is the trip of a lifetime,” said a beaming Maestas, a Rociada native who now lives in Albuquerque.

  • Murder suspect pleads guilty

    The 47-year-old Las Vegas woman charged with fatally stabbing her husband last year has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

    Under the terms of the plea agreement, Suzanne Aguilar is to be sentenced to a minimum of seven years and a maximum of 10 years in prison. In exchange for the plea, a charge of tampering with evidence has been dismissed.

    The sentencing range for a second-degree murder conviction is probation to 15 years imprisonment and a $12,500 fine.

  • Garcia out as East finance director

    The Las Vegas City Schools business office has had a revolving door this past fiscal year, with the finance director being suspended with pay and two consultants having been brought in to pick up the slack and get the the district’s finances back on track.

    In January, Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez put then-finance director Myrna Garcia on paid administrative leave. Garcia’s contract expired on June 30, and she is out as the district’s finance director.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 11, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    BLM lifts fire restrictions  

    SANTA FE — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is lifting all fire restrictions in New Mexico.
    The lifting of restrictions slated for Tuesday comes after more areas in the state recently received rainfall or saw increased humidity levels.
    This summer has been a busy season for firefighters in New Mexico who have battled the state’s largest fire in its history in the Gila Wilderness and another massive blaze near Ruidoso.