Today's News

  • Senior Profile - Benerito Gallegos

    What we have today is a 20th-21st-century blending with recognizable traits of various folk, literary and real flesh-and-blood characters. Take a dab each of El Cid, Don Quixote, Juan Diego, Pedro Infante and “Bless Me Ultima’s” Antonio Mares, mix them together and place them in northern New Mexico, and Presto! Our own Benerito Gallegos emerges.

  • Economic development group grilled

    The San Miguel County Commission agreed to give $5,000 to the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation Tuesday, but not before posing some hard questions to its leaders.

    Matt Martinez, chairman of the EDC board, and Lavinia Fenzi, the group’s interim executive director, asked for the county to chip in $10,000 for the fiscal year to help operate the organization. They also asked to use a vacant building the county has off Railroad and Grand Avenue as the EDC office.

  • Fire poised to be largest in NM history

    By P. Solomon Banda and
    Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — With firefighters bracing for another day of strong, erratic winds, a wildfire near the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratory and a northern New Mexico community was poised Thursday to become the largest in state history.

    But fire officials remained confidant the fire will not spread onto the Los Alamos National Laboratory or into the town of Los Alamos.

  • Crews battling Holman blaze

    Crews in Mora County were battling a blaze that broke out at around noon on Thursday in Holman.

    “It’s right in a residential area, probably about 50 or 60 houses right here in the area,” Holman resident Benjie Regensberg said. “It came close to burning one house but the state forestry is on one side and I’m on the top side with a dozer, so it seems like we’ll be able to get it under control.”

  • Local News in Brief

    Las Vegas Optic

    Stabbing victim hospitalized

    State police were dispatched to a home in Montezuma Tuesday morning to investigate a stabbing.

    Jerome Encinias, who is in his 30s, was stabbed once in the left torso, State police Lt. Craig Martin said. He said the wound was not life threatening, though Encinias was kept overnight at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Martin said witnesses and suspects were interviewed at the scene.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - News July 1, 2011

    Fourth of July Fiestas under way

    The fiestas are in full swing this weekend. Among the activities: a parade beginning a 9 a.m. Saturday that will start at Paul D. Henry and end at the Alco parking lot; multiple entertainers will perform at Plaza Park Saturday, Sunday and Monday. And don’t forget the Bridge Street Art Market.

  • Weather - July 1, 2011

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 5-15 mph.  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. South wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 5-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 58.


  • FYI - News

    There have been a few changes to the published Fiesta Guide. The chile and salsa cook-off has been cancelled. On Sunday: Reynaldo Maestas will play from 11:15 a.m. to noon; Passión de los Tambores will perform from 1 to 3 p.m.; Mariachi group The Four Amigos will play from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.;. and the Nahalt Shalom Community Klezmer Band will play from 7 to 7:45 p.m.