Local News

  • City councilor: Funding nix is revenge for supporting police

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas City councilor and longtime member of an advisory board says she believes plans are in place to cut city funding to a particular entity — and she says the proposed changes are being made due to personality differences.

    Barbara Perea-Casey said this week the San Miguel County Family and Community Health Council, a community-based, volunteer advisory and advocacy organization, has received funding from the city in multiple past budget cycles.

  • Man charged with eighth DWI

    By Mercy López-Acosta, Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas man has picked up his eighth DWI charge.

    On Aug 21, New Mexico State Police officers charged Charles Martinez, of the 700 block of Mora Street, with his eighth DWI charge, driving with a revoked license, no proof of insurance, improper equipment — operating a vehicle without required headlamps, and failure to register the vehicle following a traffic stop on New Mexico Avenue.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 27, 2017

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

    Henrietta Lovato, 41, battery on a peace officer, shoplifting, failure to pay fines, ($200), San Miguel District Court/San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Robert Vigil, 18, armed robbery, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Jayson Pusateri, 39, probation violation: new charges, McKinley County Adult Probation.

  • NMDOT Back-to-school safety tips

    Submitted to the Optic

    August is designated as Back-to-School Safety Month, and NMDOT District 4 reminds motorists to be extra careful at all times. NMDOT offers these tips for driving in school zones:

    • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours

    • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving. 

  • County fair sale winners announced

    From Las Vegas Optic reports

    Some of Mora and San Miguel’s top young agriculturists were honored during the livestock sale at the recent 44th annual San Miguel Mora County Fair.

    The grand champions were Mychaela Ortiz in poultry, Abigail Atencio in goats, Diego Gonzales in lamb, Rebekah Roybal in swine and Alannah Roybal in steers.

    The reserve champions were Jamie Rivera in lambs, Anabelle Tyler in swine, Isaac Montoya in steers and Jacob Jimenez in goats. Jesus Vigil is listed as second place in goats.

  • City softens stance on cops coaching school sports teams

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    In an apparent change of the sentiment that seemed to be expressed at last week’s regular City Council meeting, the City of Las Vegas announced Wednesday it is considering applications for outside employment from police officers who want to continue coaching school sports.

    The city’s public information officer, Lee Einer, said in an email Wednesday that City Manager Richard Trujillo had previously received two applications from Las Vegas Police Department employees to take on outside employment.

  • Three local schools land 'A' grade

    By Mercy López-Acosta
    Las Vegas Optic

    Mike “Mateo” Sena Elementary, Early Childhood Center and Union Elementary are the top performing schools in the area according to school grades released by the state Public Education Department on Tuesday.

    To celebrate their success, State Secretary of Education Christopher Ruszkowski paid visits to Mike “Mateo” Elementary and Union Elementary as part of the department’s “Straight A Express” tour across New Mexico.

  • Annual People’s Faire set for Saturday at Carnegie

    By Mercy López-Acosta
    Las Vegas Optic

    Back to school time means it is time for the annual People’s Faire in Las Vegas. The annual event, organized by the Las Vegas Arts Council, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Carnegie Library Park.

    This year’s faire consists of 60 vendor booths featuring works of local artisans and craftsmen, along with three food trucks. Everything sold much be original arts and crafts — no kits allowed. Several local non-profit entities will also have booths.

  • Woman who fired at Duke City couple arrested near Anton Chico

    The Associated Press

    ANTON CHICO — Authorities say a woman and her boyfriend who both are wanted for questioning about a shooting in Albuquerque last weekend have been arrested.

    According to U.S. Marshals, the pair were arrested in Anton Chico, near the southern edge of San Miguel County, after a chase and crash on Monday evening.

    Albuquerque police say Gilbert was identified as the person who pointed a gun at a couple in their driveway Sunday and then shot at them as she fled the scene.

  • Zinke won’t recommend elimination of any national monuments

    By Matthew Brown And  Brady Mccombs
    The Associated Press

    BILLINGS, Mont.  — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he’s recommending that none of 27 national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean and under review by the Trump administration be eliminated.

    There would be changes to a “handful,” he said.