Today's News

  • Nuke dump operator denied performance pay

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The contractor that runs the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository is being denied millions of dollars in performance pay as part of the financial fallout from a radiation leak that forced the closure of the facility.

    Federal officials have said it could take years and a half-billion dollars to restart operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project Plant near Carlsbad because of the February leak.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 2, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 19 and Dec. 30:

    Wayne Lovato, 19, sentenced to one year in jail, San Miguel County District Court
    Olivia Montaño, 33, probation violation: tampering with UA, Adult Probation Office
    Arnulfo Batista-Duran, 54, Aggravated DWI, No seatbelt, no license, open container, failure to maintain lane, San Miguel County Magistrate

  • Remembering those who left us in 2014

    By Art Trujillo
    Las Vegas Optic
    A poem by the 16th century English poet John Donne contains the words, “No man is an island.” Following is “Every man’s death diminishes me. . . . because I am involved in mankind.”

    Indeed, in 2014, many were diminished through the loss of loved ones. In this area alone, there were hundreds of deaths of loved ones whose names appeared in the obituary section of the Optic.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 2, 2015

    • Senior Olympic registration will continue through the month of January starting on Jan. 1. Anyone 50 and older is eligible to join. Registration forms are available at the front desk of the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.
    • La Plaza Little League meeting, 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.
    • Senior Olympic Meeting, 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. All members are encouraged to attend.

  • AAUW group presents scholarships to students

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Las Vegas chapter of the American Association of University Women awarded $1,000 scholarships to two nontraditional Highlands University students.

    Gabrielle Chavez, 38, will complete her M.A. in public affairs in May 2015 and holds a 4.0 GPA. Dora Molina, 26, will earn her bachelor’s degree in social work in May 2015 and is on the dean’s list.

    Both women are single parents who have worked to juggle school, family and work responsibilities.

  • Noticias - Jan. 2, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to
    • Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is 425-3577.
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • Preparing for another term
  • Weather hinders recovery effort

    By Eileen NG and Robin McDowell
    The Associated Press

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia — Chiara Natasha’s entire family was coming to visit for New Year’s.

    The petite, dark-haired 15-year-old had just moved to Singapore in November to study at a Methodist girls’ school on a government scholarship. Her parents and two brothers had promised to join her to celebrate the holiday and help her settle into dormitory life.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 2, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Man wounded during burglary

    ALBUQUERQUE — Bernalillo County authorities say an Albuquerque-area man was shot and wounded by an intruder during a confrontation at the man’s South Valley home.
    According to the Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old Eric Anaya was shot after he and his family returned home Tuesday afternoon and found a strange car in his driveway and his front door kicked in.
    Anaya went inside the confronted two burglars. A fight ensued and Anaya was shot in the shoulder.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 2, 2015

    After months of speculation about who would be selected as the new police chief, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz appointed Commander Juan Montaño to the post, and the City Council voted unanimously to sign off on the appointment and to approve a one-year contract with him. Montaño was set to be sworn in on New Year’s Day. We wish him the best of luck in his new job.