Today's News

  • Council to consider new schedule

    The City Council will take up its annual open meetings resolution this Wednesday, and among the changes being considered is pushing the council’s work sessions from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

    Among the other items on the agenda is a contract for City Attorney Dave Romero. At last week’s Council work session, the governing body went behind closed doors to discuss Romero’s contract.

    No formal action will be taken on the contract or the open meetings resolution until this week’s regular Council meeting.

  • States confirm drilling pollution

    By Kevin Begos
    The Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH — In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.

  • 1st flu death of season reported in New Mexico

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed the state’s first flu death this season.

    The death reported was a 76 year-old woman from Santa Fe County. Her name wasn’t immediately released Thursday.

    Health officials say predominant circulating flu strain in New Mexico and the United States is influenza H1N1.

    The strain was first identified in 2009 and may cause severe illness even in healthy young adults.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 13, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, Jan. 14 — City Council, at its regular January meeting last night bought Suburban Gas Company and agreed to a bypass proposal made by the State Highway Department and containing several stipulations made by the city. The council also passed a gas bond ordinance which will be published in the future.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 13, 2014

    Information meeting on adoption is Wednesday

    The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday at the local CYFD office, 2518 Ridge Runner Road, to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. There are currently 33 children in foster care in San Miguel County.

  • Weather - Jan. 13, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 47. West wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23. Northwest wind around 15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunny, with a high near 53. Clear at night, with a low around 27.

    Sunny, with a high near 48.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 5:09 p.m.

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  • Noticias - Jan. 13, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • 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 held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 13, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Penguin’s Hidden Talent” by Alex Latimer. Free and open to the public.

  • Thorough probe needed

    There’s no denying that the signs of abuse and neglect were there long before 9-year-old Omaree Varela of Albuquerque died, allegedly at the hands of his mother.

    The boy was kicked to death on Dec. 27, and police have arrested 38-year-old Synthia Varela-Casaus on a charge of child abuse resulting in death.

    The tragic death has raised questions about whether authorities — specifically police, the Albuquerque district attorney’s office and state Children, Youth and Families Department caseworkers — dropped the ball.