Local News

  • Mora Fiesta
  • New baler saves money at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New equipment at the New Mexico Highlands University Recycling Center is saving the university money, generating revenue, and increasing efficiency and production.

    In its first weeks of use in June, the new baler helped the university process 11 tons of revenue-generating recyclable materials from the campus, community and local businesses.

  • Luna awarded $3.25 million grant

    By Lorraine Martinez
    LCC Title V Director  

    Luna Community College has been awarded a new U.S. Department of Education grant totaling $3.25 million.

    Luna received one of just 13 grants awarded nationwide and one of only two grants awarded in New Mexico. The college will receive about $650,000 each year for five years.

    On June 20, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s office in Washington, D.C. called Title V Director Lorraine Martinez to inform her of the award.

  • Las Vegas Dollies

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Dollies is a group of women who volunteer their time to help the community of Las Vegas and surrounding areas.

    The group has 12 active members who are committed humanitarians. 

  • Retirement board sues to reclaim funds

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Educational Retirement Board has filed lawsuits against 24 people who received more than $181,000 in overpayments due to a computer error at the teacher pension fund.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Jan Goodwin, the board’s executive director said Friday the legal action was a “last resort” in an attempt to recoup the overpaid amounts, plus interest, from pension fund beneficiaries who have not yet repaid the money.

  • Wis. officials warn against NM livestock

    The Associated Press

    MADISON, Wis.  — The state is advising against the importing of livestock from certain parts of New Mexico after a viral disease was found in horses there.
    The disease is vesicular stomatitis, or VS. It resembles Foot-and-Mouth, primarily affecting horses, cattle, swine and occasionally sheep and goats.

    It causes fever and blisters in the mouth, nostrils, hooves and teats. The animal recovers in three to four days.

  • In Brief - Local News - July 23, 2012

    Lodgers tax funding OKd

    The San Miguel County Commission earlier this month approved lodgers tax appropriations for six area entities.  

    The Pecos Business Association will receive $14,550; The Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce will receive $12,000; the San Miguel Fair Board will get $6,000; Music from Angel Fire will get $3,000; Casa de Cultura was approved for $1,000 and the San Miguel/Mora Fair Board will get $250.

  • Bankruptcy filings in NM falling

    The Associated Press

    Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico have been sliding since mid-2010 and continued to decrease during the first half of 2012.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the clerk’s office for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Albuquerque says petitions were filed for 2,538 bankruptcies, down 18 percent from 3,094 filed during the first half of 2011.

  • Looking Back - July 23, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, July 25 — A campaign to raise funds for the erection of a new Rough Riders Memorial and City Museum building was planned Tuesday night at a meeting called by Mrs. E.K. Warren, campaign organizer. Mrs. Warren, when residing here, had helped with the founding of the museum. Because of her continued interest in this project, she came to Las Vegas from Colorado Springs especially for the launching of this drive. The amount accrued in the building fund to date is $20,235. Of that sum, $20,000 was budgeted by the City Council.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 23, 2012

    DWI Safe-Ride Home Services available

    The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 pm to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home.