Local News

  • A century of experiences

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Buford Johnson had already established a life in New Mexico when his country called and needed his services.

    In 1943, Johnson was already married and had one child, but that didn’t stop the U.S. Army from drafting him.

    “They took him anyway,” said Darlene Johnson Ortega, who lives with and cares for her father in her Lakewood, Colo., home. “So he ended up serving in the Army and went through Normandy after the invasion, and was in the Battle of the Bulge.”

  • In Brief - News - June 25, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Gov studying impact of health care overhaul
    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says she will look closely at whether vulnerable New Mexico residents are protected under a Senate Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system.

    Martinez spokesman Joseph Cueto said Thursday the GOP governor did not yet have a chance to review the proposal for rolling back Barack Obama’s health care law.

  • Jail Log - June 25, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 13 and June 22:
    Dale Long, 53, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, Valencia County, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Miranda Martinez, 25, aggravated DUI, suspended or revoked license, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Angelica Lujan, 31, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Jamar Dickey, 37, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel County District Court

  • Weather - June 25, 2017


    HIGH 76°/ LOW 52°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
    5:47 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


    HIGH 80° / LOW 53°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.
    Monday night — a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
    5:47 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

  • Women’s military and veterans expo Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Women military veterans, Guard/Reserve, transitioning active-duty service members are invited to a free Military/Veteran Women’s Expo 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the ballroom in the Plaza Hotel.

    The Expo is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Women Veterans Program, the NMDVS Rural Veterans Coordination Program, the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center, and is limited to the first 40 registered women.

  • Shakeup in community development

    City of Las Vegas officials voted for another shake-up in a director’s position on Wednesday evening. Annette Velarde, who has served as the city’s community development director, will return to her previous position as event planner and film liaison.

    “She does a great job as event planner; those are her strong points,” City Manager Richard Trujillo said during an interview after the meeting. “We are lacking that right now.”

  • Baca family project meeting in the works

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic, Editor

    A visitor probably wouldn’t have to go far into New Mexico to meet someone with the last name of Baca.

  • International showing - Highlands professor’s sculpture in international show

    Submitted to the Optic
    New Mexico Highlands University fine arts professor David Lobdell’s fire sculpture will be featured at the International Festival of High Temperatures starting Friday through Sunday in the heart of the medieval city of Wroclow, Poland.

    Lobdell is among the artists the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclow invited to participate in the 10th jubilee of the festival organizers say celebrates hot art.

  • In Brief - News - June 23, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Toulouse Oliver to seek re-election
    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s top elections official says she will run for re-election in 2018.

    Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced her bid for the Democratic nomination Tuesday, saying she wants to continue implementing reforms of the state’s campaign finance rules as well as increasing voter education in rural and Native American communities.

    Toulouse Oliver was elected secretary of state during a special election in November 2016.

  • Several events on tap