Local News

  • Suspect faces 10 charges

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was recently arrested and jailed on 10 charges after he ran from a traffic stop.

    Carlos Chavez, 36, of Las Vegas was taken into custody early on Saturday, June 10, after he was chased and arrested, according to a criminal complaint.

  • Residents return; fire danger persists

    The Associated Press
    SANDOVAL COUNTY —  Residents in northern New Mexico have returned to their homes and a highway that was forced to close through a popular mountain range is back open as firefighters mop up after one of the blazes currently burning in the state.

    Crews have contained about 80 percent of the fire that forced evacuations last week in the Jemez Mountains. Residents were allowed to return Sunday.

  • Police: Mother dies following shooting rampage in northern New Mexico

    The Associated Press
    ABIQUIU, N.M. — The mother of a man who went on a shooting rampage in New Mexico died several hours after being taken off life support, bringing the number of deaths to five, authorities said.

  • In Brief - News - June 21, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Former state sen. faces 22 new charges
    SANTA FE  — A grand jury has charged a former New Mexico state senator with perjury, fraud and embezzlement in connection with campaign finance activities and disclosure reports.

    Details of a grand jury indictment confirmed on Monday show that 22 new charges have been filed against former Sen. Phil Griego in state district court in Santa Fe.

  • Corrections - June 21, 2017

    In the June 16 Optic story titled “Council hears from marketing firm at work session,” Las Vegas City spokesman Lee Einer said City Manager Richard Trujillo’s enrollment in a certification program (for city managers) is not a new development.

    The certification program was a condition of Trujillo’s hire as city manager. It is a requirement of the city’s charter and Trujillo remains enrolled in the program.

  • Fort Union Days
  • Weather - June 21, 2017


    HIGH 95 / LOW 58°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
    5:46 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


    HIGH 98° / LOW 59°
    Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night — mostly clear, with a low around 59.
    5:46 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


  • A gawk on the wild side
  • Wagon Mound Supt. fired by board

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s tenure as superintendent at Wagon Mound Public Schools came to an abrupt halt on Thursday evening as a split board voted to let her contract expire at the end of the month. The board also put her on paid administrative leave until June 30.

  • City: Proper steps followed on flooring

    Corrections - June 21, 2017

    In the June 18 story titled: “City: Proper steps followed on flooring,” Einer clarified that state procurement code, which states work under $60,000 in expenditures is not subject to the competitive sealed bidding process.

    These jobs are done on the basis of best obtainable price. The city repealed its own Resolution 12-24 in March 2014, replacing it with the New Mexico Procurement Code.

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor