Local News

  • City solid waste employee injured

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A City of Las Vegas employee, working in the Solid Waste Department, suffered an accidental injury the morning of July 21, according to the city’s public information officer, Lee Einer.

    The incident is under investigation.

    Thursday, Einer, said he was not in possession of any documentation relating to the incident.

    No age, gender or circumstances of the accident were released.

  • Correction - July 28, 2017

    In the Friday, July 14 Optic story about the San Miguel Board of Commissioners, the outcome of an appeal regarding Christopher Trujillo and his permit for All-American Towing and a junkyard in the Bernal area was reported incorrectly. An appeal to deny a permit to Trujillo for the junkyard was granted, meaning Trujillo was denied a permit by the county.

  • Weather - July 28, 2017


    HIGH 80°/ LOW 58°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:06 a.m. to 8:08 p.m.


    HIGH 83° / LOW 58°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
    6:07 a.m. to 8:07 p.m.


  • Shootout suspect robbed store in San Miguel County, police say

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Texas man who was taken into custody after a shootout with police on I-25 in Santa Fe County drew attention to himself by committing crimes in San Miguel County.

    Accoridng to the New Mexico State Police, at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store located along Interstate 25 at mile marker 319 in San Miguel County at the San Jose exit, between Ribera and Pecos.

  • Twelfth annual bike rally set for this weekend

    It’s almost time for the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally. The 12th annual event starts Friday and ends on Sunday afternoon. As always, there will be plenty of fun, music and chrome.

    “This is a very critical event for the area,” Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally member Kayt Peck said. “It brings in plenty of people to Las Vegas and the area. They also visit area restaurants and businesses.”

  • Luna president candidates include current LCC, NMHU staff

    Several familiar names have applied for the presidency of Luna Community College.

    The eight applicants for the position are James Alarid, Jennifer M. Carbajal, Eloy Anthony Chavez, Sharon Lalla, Manuel J. Lucero, Twila Quintana, Rolando Miguel Rael, and Joseph Peter Sánchez.

    The applicants will be reviewed by a presidential search committee. The college’s board of trustees will name presidential search committee members during their August meeting.

  • Noticias, Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    7.28.2017, FRIDAY

    July 28 to Aug. 11: The New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel County Public Health Office will host its annual back-to-school immunization clinic starting weekdays July 28 through Aug. 11 at 18 Gallegos Road in Las Vegas from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Mora Fiestas fun

    Despite some rain, fairgoers at last weekend’s Mora Fiestas had plenty of smiles as they enjoyed entertaining and being entertained. 

  • Wagon Mound board members’ eligibility in question

    There is an ongoing court battle between Wagon Mound Public Schools and its superintendent, Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, on whether a vote taken by an ineligible board member on McNellis-Martinez’s contract was valid. But a two-month Optic investigation has revealed that the board has had at least two ineligible board members within the past three years.

  • Some newcomers to the opera world quickly get involved

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Three years ago, Kevin Johnson would have never considered attending an opera. It seemed boring.

    Today, Johnson’s a season- ticket holder for the Santa Fe Opera and belongs to its Las Vegas Guild.

    “It’s wonderful and I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly,” she said. “I love the music.”