Local News

  • Jail Log - Sept. 30, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 19 and Sept. 27:

    Crystal Martinez, 34, failure to comply with conditions of probation, fraud, forgery, receiving stolen property, Eddy County
    Aaron Varela, 53, aggravated battery, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Ruben Estrada, 55, DWI-second offense, failure to maintain lanes, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Mario Romero, 27, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Regulators OK electric rate hike

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A half-million customers who depend on New Mexico’s largest electric utility for their power will see an average increase in rates of roughly 10 percent under a compromise adopted by state regulators during an hours-long meeting Wednesday.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 30, 2016

    Monday, Oct. 3, 1966 — After good months of precipitation in July and August, the rainfall total fell off sharply during September at the FAA station base. There were nine days during September on which a trace or more of precipitation was recorded. The total for the month was .52 of an inch. This was 1.64 inches below the month average as based on the previous 15 years.

  • Honoring heroes - Vietnam veterans to be recognized at ceremony

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War will be commemorated at a special 10 a.m. ceremony today (Friday) at Veterans Park, located at the intersection of Mills Avenue and Fourth Street across from the Gene Torres Golf Course.

  • System Failure: Nick Trujillo surrenders admin license

    By Mercy López and Martin Salazar

    Wagon Mound educator Nick Trujillo has surrendered his administrative license rather than having to prove that he qualified for it.

    Trujillo’s administrative license came into question after state Public Education Department officials discovered he lacked the mandatory six years of administrative experience at a higher education institution to qualify for the pathway used to grant him the license.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Take 5: Meadow City Music Festival

    By Beth Urech

    “Mark, did Dave Brubeck compose, ‘Take Four’ or ‘Take Five’?”  

    Standing on the ladder painting our bathroom, my husband guffaws. “You should start your column that way. Anyone who knows anything about music will laugh.”  So here goes. And I hope you’re splitting your sides or at least chuckling.

  • Man charged in machete attack

    A Las Vegas man was arrested last Thursday for allegedly attacking another man with a machete during a fight over a stolen tire.

    Henry Rivera, 66, of the 4600 block of El Llano, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention center and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, causing great bodily harm, a third-degree felony, aggravated assault, a second-degree felony and with two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.

    According to the criminal complaint filed by state police in San Miguel County Magistrate Court:

  • Clinton puts Trump on the defensive in debate

    By Julie Pace and Jill Colvin
    The Associated Press

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto defense by Hillary Clinton’s cascade of critiques about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate.

  • Optic wins Public Service, 10 other Press Association awards

    The Las Vegas Optic won 11 awards in the NMPA APME Better Newspaper Contest over the weekend, including first place honors in the coveted Public Service category for its reporting on Charles Trujillo, the former Mora Superintendent who was charged with multiple felonies after the Optic uncovered that he had falsified his credentials to obtain educator licenses he didn’t qualify for.

    Trujillo is facing multiple felony counts of fraud and forgery.

  • Weather - Sept. 28, 2016


    HIGH 76° / LOW 47°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
    6:54 a.m. to 6:48 p.m.


    HIGH 73° / LOW 48°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:55 a.m. to 6:47 p.m.