Today's News

  • Breaking: Regulators forcing changes at Community 1st Bank

    Concerns about problem loans at Community 1st Bank have prompted state and federal regulators to force the Las Vegas institution to make a series of changes, including removing Ray Litherland as its CEO and mandating tighter controls in how it lends money.

  • Plaza Hotel deal gets OK

    The New Mexico Finance Authority signed off Thursday on the sale of the Plaza Hotel, a move that clears the way for the new owner of the Castañeda Hotel to close on the purchase of the Plaza this Monday.

    The Plaza Hotel went into receivership in June 2012 after the previous owner of the property defaulted on a loan to Española-based Valley National Bank. The hotel has remained open throughout the ordeal, although it has reportedly been losing money.

  • Senior profile - Dr. Mary Schipper and Tom Trigg

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    In September of 2003, Mary Schipper and Tom Trigg took seriously Mary’s brother, Mark’s, suggestion that they look into the Las Vegas/Mora Valley area as an option for their “dream site.” The couple made a 10-day visit, and it didn’t take much to convince them that here was a place that could cure their “flashbacks” to the climate they had enjoyed in their one-year stay in Lesoto, Africa.

  • Watchdog group warns city officials

    By Karl Moffatt
    For the Optic

    The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has warned the city of Las Vegas that restricting public criticism of staff and elected officials at City Council meetings may be violating a citizen’s constitutional right of free speech.

  • A new resource for assault victims

    Victims of sexual assault will soon have a resource that hasn’t been available locally, thanks to a coalition of service providers, community groups and law enforcement.

    The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program has been operating in New Mexico for nearly 20 years, with the closest program being in Santa Fe.

    Beginning on Sept. 1, Las Vegas will have a SANE program of its own at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • Looking Back - June 27, 2014

    In 1964

    Tuesday, June 30 — Fire this morning gutted the Montezuma street School on Montezuma Street in West Las Vegas. The fire apparently broke out shortly after 7 this morning and seems to have started in a closet. An estimate of damage was between $7,000 and $8,000 if the fire did not weaken the structure, and a total loss if the structure was weakened. The frame building housed two classrooms with about 55 students enrolled.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 27, 2014

    County Commission to meet Saturday

    The San Miguel County Commission will hold a public hearing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the County Commission Chambers, 500 W. National Avenue, on the proposed draft oil and gas ordinance and the county’s comprehensive plan as it relates to the oil and gas ordinance. Both documents are available on the county’s website.

  • Weather - June 27, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Breezy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 56. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 56.

    Sunny, with a high near 92. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 58.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:47 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

  • Jail Log - June 27, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 13 and June 20:

    John Grossetete, 52, battery on a household member
    Roseann Quintana, 43, battery
    Zaryen Griego, 17, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property
    Dion Maes, 46, battery on a household member
    Alex Pacheco, 18, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property, conspiracy
    Luciana Mendoza, 30, failure to pay fines, bench warrant San Miguel Magistrate  

  • Board OKs $26M in education dispute

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The State Board of Finance has approved $26 million as a safety net if New Mexico loses a dispute with the federal government over special education funding.
    The board on Tuesday agreed to a transfer of the money from this year’s budget accounts.
    The Legislature provided the money as part of a contingency plan for an ongoing fight over whether New Mexico met requirements for federal aid since 2010.