Local News

  • Man charged in assault

    A 24-year-old Las Vegas man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly held a knife to an acquaintance’s neck and ordered him to drive him around town Wednesday night.

    Jason A. Jaramillo, of the 2000 block of East Drive, has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, fourth-degree felonies, and one count of battery, a petty misdemeanor.

  • Lots planned for weekend - Parade, play, tours on tap here

    Las Vegas is officially in the holiday spirit with plenty of events this weekend. There will be activities for all ages starting tonight (Friday).

  • NM struggles despite federal largess

    By Jeri Clausing and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — Tucked in the mountains of one of the poorest states is one of the nation’s wealthiest counties: Los Alamos, which, except for its landscapes, looks decidedly unlike the rest of New Mexico.

  • Bricks & Mortar on Mainstreet - A conversation with the Moores

    By Cindy Collins

    For the Optic

  • Jail Log - Dec. 3, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 25 and Dec. 1:
    Richard Carrillo Jr., 34, failure to pay child support
    Andy Lovato, 22, probation violation failure to report, commercial burglary, criminal trespass, failure to comply with conditions of probation, bench warrant Adult Probation Office/SM District/SM Magistrate
    Beverly Gonzales, 33, probation violation, bench warrant, Bernalillo
    Thomas  Peña, 29, failure to pay, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 5, 2014

    Laughter and Music

    The Nat Gold Players has scheduled several performances of “Nunsense,” a musical comedy featuring several local performers. Rates, times and dates of the performances, at the new Charlie’s banquet space appear in today’s Optic.

  • Flu vaccine may be less effective

    By Mike Stobbe
    AP Medical Writer

    NEW YORK  — The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.

    Flu season has begun to ramp up, and officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year. That strain tends to cause more deaths and hospitalizations, especially in the elderly.

  • Feds detail cleanup changes at LANL

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal officials said Wednesday that they plan to issue a temporary contract for the removal of nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory to the same contractor that failed to meet previous cleanup goals.

    The officials said they made the decision to avoid any disruption while oversight of the cleanup work is shifted from the National Nuclear Security Administration to the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 5, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Measles case firmed in NM

    SANTA FE — State health officials say New Mexico has its first confirmed case of measles since February 2012.
    The Department of Health says the case involves a 1-year-old Rio Arriba County child who had not been immunized against the disease.
    Health Secretary Retta Ward says the department is trying to prevent more cases by working with the child’s family and the hospital that treated the child to identify people who may have been exposed to the disease.

  • Final push for federal funds

    New Mexico’s senators are urging Senate leaders to fully fund two federal programs that provide hundreds of millions of dollars to counties throughout the country, including $810,000 for San Miguel County and $222,500 for Mora County.