Local News

  • Update: Man killed by police was suspect in drive-by shooting in Las Vegas

    State police confirmed late Tuesday that the man who was shot and killed by police in Santa Fe early Tuesday morning was Marvin Maestas, the 30-year-old Mora County man being sought by Las Vegas police for a drive-by shooting in July and for wrecking into a Las Vegas police vehicle and another vehicle while fleeing from police on Aug. 7.

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    Optic Staff and Wire Reports

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  • Update: Man killed on NM 518 identified

    A pedestrian was struck and killed on NM 518 near Mallette Feed & Supply store at 2:17 p.m. on Monday.

    State police issued a news release Tuesday afternoon identifying the man who was killed as 46-year old Eric Lucero from Las Vegas.The release states that Lucero was attempting to cross NM 518 when he walked in front of a northbound vehicle driven by Beau Vigil, 22, of Ojo Feliz.

    Lucero sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Vigil was uninjured.

    According to state police, the crash remains under investigation.

  • Suit: Priest gave cocaine to teens

    Two new sex abuse lawsuits have been filed against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, including one that accuses Father Sabine Griego of pushing alcohol, cocaine and other drugs on young boys in the 1980s and then sexually abusing them.

  • Most East students qualify for free meals

    All but one school in the Las Vegas City Schools district are now providing free meals to all of their students.  

    Students at each of the district’s elementary and middle schools are now eating for free because the district qualified for the Universal Lunch and School Breakfast program, which provides free meals to low-income students.

    The only East school that did not qualify for free meals is Robertson High School.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 26, 2015

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    Thursday, Aug. 26 — City Police are investigating a break-in at Columbia Super Market last night. The burglars got away with at least 33 cartons of cigarettes and an undetermined amount of fresh meat. Entry was gained through a front window sometime between 10:45 p.m. and 7:30 this morning. Apparently the window was kicked in.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 26, 2015

    Music from Angel Fire concert is Thursday
    Music from Angel Fire concert in Las Vegas will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $20 each and NMHU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid ID. For more information, call 575-377-3233 or 888-377-3300.

  • Weather - Aug. 26, 2015

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 5 -10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.


  • Proposal to end dispute over White Peak area

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    New Mexico’s land commissioner is proposing a resolution to the long-running battle between sportsmen and ranchers over access to a popular hunting ground called White Peak.

    Commissioner Aubrey Dunn sent a letter last week to the state Department of Game and Fish, asking the agency to consider purchasing 10,000 acres around the Las Vegas hunting ground owned by rancher David Stanley.

  • AG to probe hiring of sex abuse suspect

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s attorney general said Monday he will investigate how the state’s largest school district hired a high-level administrator who faces child sex abuse charges in Colorado.

    The district’s new superintendent, meanwhile, faces increasing pressure to resign over the debacle.