Local News

  • Recreating a 100-year-old road trip

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Historic Vehicle Association is celebrating America’s Road Trip Century by following Edsel Ford’s epic 1915 journey from Detroit to San Francisco. The HVA will be driving a 1915 Ford Model T is similar to the car Edsel Ford drove. The event incorporates the centennial celebrations of the Ford Estate at Fair Lane and Panama-Pacific International Exposition the historic departure and destination points for Edsel Ford’s trip.

  • Plane debris heading to France

    By Greg Keller and Sylvie Corbet
    The Associated Press

    PARIS — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation’s most perplexing and expensive mysteries.

    Malaysia’s prime minister said Thursday the debris found on the French island of Reunion will be sent for investigation to the French city of Toulouse, the center for European aviation.

  • In Brief - News - July 31, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Balderas’ office firings OK

    ALBUQUERQUE — A judge has recommended a state board dismiss appeals by 20 former employees of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office seeking to get their jobs back.
    An administrative law judge recently ruled Attorney General Hector Balderas had the authority to fire the workers and recommended that the State Personnel Office allow the firings to stand.
    Balderas fired the workers when he took office last January.

  • County budget approved

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously on Monday to approve a final county budget that outlines nearly $23.1 million in projected spending for the fiscal year that started on July 1.

    County staff estimate that total county revenues for the fiscal year will be nearly $19.8 million. They plan to dip into the county’s cash balances to come up with the remaining $3.29 million that the county is planning to spend.

  • A warm welcome
  • A look back at the Old West - Exhibits part of Cowboys Reunion

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    In celebration of the Las Vegas Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration, Highlands University will host art exhibitions in Kennedy Hall and Donnelly Library’s Ray Drew Gallery.

    The Ray Drew exhibit captures the gritty spirit of the Centennial Celebration through rare historic panoramic photographs, and the Kennedy exhibit provides a taste of contemporary cowboy art by New Mexico artists such as nationally known sculptor Duke Sundt. Both exhibitions open Saturday.

  • Man jailed for shooting into the air

    A 19-year-old Mora County man has been charged with a felony for shooting a .40 caliber handgun into the air while in Las Vegas on Sunday court documents state. No one was injured.

    Daniel Gallegos, who resides on Country Road B015 in Cleveland, N.M., has been charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and with misdemeanor counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and reckless driving.

  • In Brief - News - July 29, 2015

    Optic Staff and Wire Reports

  • Looking Back - July 29, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, July 30 — Jerry Sanchez, a West Las Vegas HIgh School graduate, Christine Trujillo, a graduate of Robertson High School and Pete Laumbach, a Mora High School graduate, are the recipients of a Salman Scholarship. The $350 scholarships are renewed until graduation if the students maintain a high academic average. The scholarships are provided by Col. William Salman of La Cueva.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 29, 2015

    Luna retreat canceled
    The Luna Community College Retreat scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Donaldo A. “Tiny” Martinez West Las Vegas School District Board Room has been cancelled.