Local News

  • No charges filed against deputy accused of harboring felon

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An independent investigation has apparently cleared a San Miguel County Sheriff's deputy of criminal conduct in a case in which an accused felon went months without being found after an arrest warrant had been issued.

    No charges have been recommended or filed against San Miguel deputy Eric Esquibel after an internal Sheriff's Office investigation, an independent investigation by New Mexico State Police and a review by the district attorney in another county.

  • On Parade

    Hundreds of spectators lined the streets of Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 14 for the West Las Vegas Homecoming parade.

    The week included a 48-0 shutout of Albuquerque Academy in Friday night’ Homecoming football game.

  • A Walking Tribute

    Highlands University softball players marched in their school's Homecoming parade Saturday with a tribute banner for Danielle Cordova, a Bernalillo-area student-athlete who was a freshman on the Cowgirl team when she died in a car accident in April. Thousands of area residents watched or participated in Saturday’s parade.

  • Las Vegas man charged with his eighth DWI

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was charged with driving while intoxicated for the eighth time, along with an assortment of other charges, after he tried to avoid a sobriety checkpoint and took New Mexico State Police on a brief chase.

    Police say Arsenio Anaya, 53, of the 4600 block of El Llano Road, was traveling northbound on Highway 65, toward Montezuma, in a vehicle with no license plate at about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

  • No boundary changes for two N.M. national monuments

    By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

  • In Brief - Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

    Staff and wire reports

    Plaza, Bridge Street to be closed Sunday

    A salute to military personnel will involve a closure of the Las Vegas Plaza this weekend. The fourth annual Salute to the Troops, an entertainment event that inlcudes the music of Darren Cordova, will be held at Historic Plaza Park on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bridge Street and Plaza Park will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Science teaching garners criticism

  • NMHU honored alumni: Reid receives spirit award

    NOTE: This is part of a series of profiles of the eight 2017 Distinguished Alumni being honored this month by Highlands University as part of its Homecoming celebration.

    Early Thursday mornings before he begins his Las Vegas clinic, John Barlow Reid III works with the sports trainers at Highlands, helping evaluate, treat and make recommendations for injured Cowgirl and Cowboy athletes.

  • Stolen car chased to Roy area, couple arrested

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    New Mexico State Police charged a Colorado man and woman with several felony charges after a report of a stolen vehicle from a Las Vegas gas station led to a 50-mile chase and search. Renaldo Reese, 30, and Jacqueline Rodarte, 34, both of Denver, were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center last week on several charges.

  • Homecoming fun

    A full week of theme days was capped by Friday’s West Las Vegas High School Homecoming parade and football game against Albuquerque Academy. Highlands University also had Homecoming events scheduled for last week and this weekend.

    See upcoming issues of the Optic for photos of Homecoming for West Las Vegas and Highlands.

  • County hires attorney, jail warden

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    After nearly two months without a full-time warden at its detention center — and longer since it’s had a full-time attorney — San Miguel County has filled the two key positions. At Monday’s regular monthly meeting, the county’s Board of Commissioners approved contracts with Dave Romero Jr. as the county attorney and Matthew Elwell as the warden of San Miguel Adult Detention Center.