Local News

  • Baca sentenced to 7 years in sex case

    Benjamin Baca, the 76-year-old Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual penetration against mentally ill women, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

    The sentence is the maximum allowable under terms of a plea agreement reached in February. District Judge Matt Sandoval, in ordering the sentence on Friday, called the case "disturbing."

  • Electrical fire
  • In Brief - News - May 28, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Gianforte wins by six points
    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Republican businessman won the state’s U.S. House seat after being charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the election, a victory that may temper Democrats’ hopes for a massive anti-Trump wave next year.

    Greg Gianforte apologized late Thursday for attacking a reporter who had asked about the GOP health care bill.

  • Banks, schools closing for Memorial Day holiday

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 29.

  • Police staffing levels debated

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Staffing levels for the Las Vegas Police Department were discussed at last week’s regular monthly city council meeting.
    Among the 16 positions set to continue to be unfilled in the city’s preliminary Fiscal 2018 budget are some full-time police officer vacancies.

  • OB services return to Las Vegas

    Tragedy struck the area in March 2016 as Desiree Amanda Castillo and her unborn son Ezra Augustine Castillo died as a result of a car accident near Rowe along interstate 25. The pregnant Desiree was returning home with her husband Carlos when suddenly a gust of wind pushed the family’s gold colored Infiniti SUV, causing the vehicle to spin out of control and roll. Just a few hours before the crash Desiree and Carlos found out that she was carrying a son.  

  • Symposium allows city, county to compare notes

    Monday and Tuesday, city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County officials gathered to discuss several issues pertaining to the area. The topics included senior citizens, community development, health care, homeless, housing, a drug task force, watershed thinning, quality of life and education. Many local leaders were also in attendance during the two-day symposium, which took place in the student union building on the campus of Highlands University.

  • Special session: Budget approved; on to taxes

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — The New Mexico Legislature has sent a bill to the governor that would tap severance tax bonds to fill a budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year.

    The state House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to suspend infrastructure projects and bolster the state general fund by $100 million in the coming fiscal year.

    Of those funds, $19 million are one-time transfers of money from dozens of state government accounts.

  • One family — four 2017 grads
  • In Brief - News - May 26, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Brits angry about leaks
    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British police arrested two more people and searched a new site in Manchester suspected of links to the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, as British authorities complained bitterly Thursday about investigation leaks by U.S. officials.