Local News

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 14, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Man ordered to repay $23K
    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $23,000 in restitution for submitting fraudulent claims to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
    Prosecutors say 43-year-old Rick J. Serrano was sentenced Tuesday in federal court.
    He was indicted in April 2013 for submitting 146 fraudulent claims to the VAMC for travel beneficiary payments from September 2010 through October 2012.

  • Hunt on for shooting suspect

    The Mora County man wanted in connection with the drive-by shooting on Douglas Avenue and Fourth Street on July 22 has added two other felonies to the list of charges for which he is wanted.

    Documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday allege that Marvin Maestas, 30, backed his car up toward a police officer who was trying to arrest him on the drive-by shooting charges early Friday morning.

    The new arrest warrant affidavit states that Maestas wrecked into the officer’s police unit and another vehicle as he fled.

  • A labor of love
  • Las Vegas man dies in bike crash

    A 54-year-old Las Vegas man died Thursday night in a bicycle accident on the 1400 block of Montezuma Street.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said no other vehicles were involved in the accident. Police were dispatched to the scene at about 9 p.m.

    Killed in the accident was Eliseo A. Leyba Jr.

    “Part of his brake systems were inoperable,” Montaño said. “That may have been a contributing factor. He wasn’t struck by a vehicle.”

  • Officials demand answers on spill

    By Susan Montoya Bryan and Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Associated Press

    Local officials in towns downstream from where millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into a southwest Colorado river are demanding answers about possible long-term threats to the water supply.

    Colorado and New Mexico declared stretches of the Animas and San Juan rivers to be disaster areas as the orange-colored waste stream made its way downstream toward Lake Powell in Utah after the spill Wednesday at the abandoned Gold King mine near Silverton, Colo..

  • Sandoval elected chief judge

    District Judge Matthew Sandoval has once again been elected chief judge of the Fourth Judicial District.

    Sandoval was elected to the position on Aug. 1 by the two other judges in the district — Abigail Aragon and Gerald Baca. Chief judges serve three-year terms.

    “I’m very honored that I was given the opportunity to be the chief judge again,” said Sandoval, who previously served as chief judge from 2009 until 2012, when Aragon was elected to the position.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 12, 2015

    Optic Staff and Wire

  • Looking Back - Aug. 12, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, Aug. 12 — Leveo V. Sanchez, 34, has been appointed director of the Latin American Institutional Development Office Agency for International Development. Sanchez will direct the organization and support of institutions for rural development, private enterprise, education, labor, youth and population study under the Alliance for Progress. He is a native of Las Vegas and graduated from New Mexico Highlands University and received a master of arts degree from George Washington University.

  • Correction - Aug. 12

    A story published Aug. 5 on the 45th anniversary of the city’s merger contained several errors. The middle initial of Kathleen Ortiz, who kept the ax preserved after the merger, is L; the coffin for the ax was provided by Ortiz and her extended family, and after the merger, Ortiz was given the hatchet by another individual who retrieved it from the river.

  • Weather - Aug. 12, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. North wind around 10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 57.