Today's News

  • Local issue, big implications

    SANTA FE — A curious situation down in Lincoln County apparently has elected officials throughout the state on edge.

    It all started when former Capitan mayor and deputy sheriff Steve Sederwall decided to run for sheriff as an independent. He checked with both the county clerk’s office and the secretary of state’s office to be sure he was doing everything an independent candidate needed to do to get on the ballot.

  • Dark Knight does not disappoint

    I can’t remember if I’ve written a column about a movie before or not. I know that I’ve definitely considered it, but I’m not sure I ever did. If not, well, there’s a first time for everything. Besides this (possibly) being the first time I’ve written about a movie, it’s also the first time in a while I’ve felt so enthusiastic about such a blockbuster.

  • An over-the-top 'Over the Back Fence'

    If elected, mayoral candidate Fernando Smith says he would sue the mayor of Las Vegas, Nev., for stealing the name of this city. And so it goes in the play “Over the Edge” by Anne Bradford and Cynthia Riley, who created a cast of wacky characters visiting a morning radio talk show.

    KFUN’s “Over the Back Fence” was the backdrop for the comedy acted out by the Nat Gold Players during four soldout performances.

  • No Name Jazz Band keeps jazz alive

    A practice room at NMHU reverberates with the Brazilian beat of a drum set, its tone reminiscent of a steel drum band, of nights spent in tango with handsome strangers under island stars.

    A singer’s voice pierces the rhythm, clear and low, a lone tarnished flute mimicking her vibrato in a sultry call and response. Five musicians breathe together, their sophisticated, sexy music at odds with their casual slacks and sandals. The clouds outside seems to gather to listen; they crowd together, deep reds, blues, vivid orange, the colors of suspense and desire.

  • Utility seeks to settle with candidate

    An electric utility serving northeastern New Mexico wants to settle a lawsuit by holding another election for a seat on its board of trustees.

    Recently, the board for the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative voted to hold another election within three months. That would be in exchange for Clayton’s dropping of a lawsuit he filed to challenge the District 4 election in May.

    In that election, Dan Romero took 34 votes in the San Juan-based district to Clayton’s 33.

  • Council wants to meet with federal housing official

    Floyd Duran, the top federal housing official in New Mexico, has a lot of say-so over Las Vegas’ housing authority.

    But the City Council as a body hasn’t heard from the Housing and Urban Development Department official directly. Council members often find about what he says second- or third-hand. And he won’t take questions from the media, referring inquiries to a HUD public relations official in Texas.

  • Places with a past

    A stately stone building sits sentry at the Bridge Street entrance to the Las Vegas Plaza, its expertly renovated rough-hewn exterior a study in late 19th Century architecture. Now the administrative home of the West Las Vegas School District, the two-story building looks elegant, composed, serene. It wasn’t always so self-possessed, however. Like many historic buildings in Las Vegas, this property holds colorful secrets.

  • Teacher recognized nationally

    Robertson High School agricultural education teacher Gary Leger has led his students to state and national achievements.

    Now he has been recognized as one of the top five agricultural educators in the nation. That’s out of more than 10,000.

    “When you have a district and a community that are so supportive and when you have the best kids in the world, it’s easy to look good,” Leger said.

  • Las Vegas gets new ambulance service starting today

    Starting today, Las Vegas residents will have a new ambulance provider, with assurances in its contract for better service.

    The City Council this week approved a contract with Albuquerque-based Superior Ambulance, replacing the longtime local provider, Santa Fe-based Rocky Mountain EMS.

    In May, the council selected Superior based on a committee’s recommendation, but the city and Superior still had to negotiate a contract.

  • A speeding sheriff

    Guadalupe County Sheriff Robert Chavez was in an awful hurry last weekend.

    He took the trip on N.M. Highway 518 from Mora to Las Vegas. He passed an Optic reporter’s car just south of Mora and proceeded to go at least 85 mph last Saturday afternoon.

    No emergency lights. No sirens.