Local News

  • Killer gets 104-year sentence

    The man convicted of shooting his friend to death during a meth-fueled party in May of 2013 and then burning the victim’s body and an apartment to cover up the crime stood before District Judge Gerald Baca on Wednesday pleading for sympathy and mercy.

    “If I was in my right mind that night, none of this would have happened,” Montoya said during his sentencing hearing. “When you’re on meth, you’re not in your right mind. I didn’t think, I just acted. I was scared.”

  • ‘Outlaws’ to make Vegas debut - Lots on tap for Fiestas

    Las Vegas has a long history of outlaws, cowboys and the infamous Fourth of July Fiestas. Starting today the varied history will come together for a three-day celebration filled with music, dancing, food, gunfire, friends and family.

    This year’s fiestas will bring in the past with a current twist courtesy of the New Mexico Gunfighters Association. It will also feature new musical entertainment with the addition of the Texmaniacs, Rick Treviño, Flaco Jimenez and Grammy nominated Micky Cruz to the free entertainment at Plaza Park.

  • Civil forfeiture reform among new laws now in effect

    By Russell Contreras
    The  Associated Press

    A measure that keeps police from seizing money or assets from people unless convicted of a crime is one of many new laws that go into effect on Wednesday.

    The law, signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, is aimed at providing transparency and accountability of the civil forfeitures by police and providing protections to innocent property owners. New Mexico joins Minnesota in becoming one of the few states with strict civil forfeiture by law enforcement restrictions.

  • Looking Back - July 3, 2015

    In 1965

    Tuesday, July 6 — Mary Jane Rodriguez, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rodriguez, was crowned Fiesta Queen over the successful Rodeo-Fiesta celebration last weekend. Marty Dyche was crowned rodeo queen. Miss Rodriguez is a West Las Vegas High School; senior and former West Las Vegas High homecoming queen. Miss Dyche is the daughter of Mrs. Earl Dyche of Las Vegas.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 3, 2015

    Magistrate Judges to be out of office

    San Miguel County magistrate judges will be attending a conference this coming Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, so they will not be available to handle traffic citations and other matters on those days. Magistrate Court will be open to take payments and filings.

  • Weather - July 3, 2015

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 55. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

  • FYI - News - July 3, 2015

    The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home.

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    The Optic will be closed today for the Independence Day holiday

  • Jail Log - July 3, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 19 and June 24:

    Jude Maes, 41, battery against a household member
    Edgar Uribe-Urnina, 25, probation violation: felon in possession of a firearm.
    Leo Romero, 18, trafficking a controlled substance to wit cocaine, conspiracy to traffic, distribution of controlled substance to wit marijuana
    Federico Saiz, 28, aggravated DWI (second offense), no insurance, no driver’s license.

  • Man volunteers 15K hours to refuge

    By Katy Ross
    Roswell Daily Record

    ROSWELL — Jim Montgomery has volunteered more than 15,000 hours over the past 30 years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. In 1985, he began to do some volunteer work at the wildlife refuge but it wasn’t until 1989 that he really became involved.

  • In Brief - News - July 3, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Man acquitted of murder

    LAS CRUCES — A man charged with participating in a fatal home invasion of a professional mixed martial artist will be sentenced this month, but not for murder.
    The Las Cruces Sun news reports a jury found 24-year-old Leonard Calvillo not guilty of murder but convicted him on four other charges related to the 2014 New Year’s Day invasion.