Local News

  • Weather - Jan. 2, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 32. North wind around 5 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.

    A slight chance of snow showers before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.


  • FYI - News - Jan. 2, 2015

    Beginning on Jan. 5, citations will be heard only from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday at San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

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    State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints throughout the state in January.

  • Nuke dump operator denied performance pay

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The contractor that runs the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository is being denied millions of dollars in performance pay as part of the financial fallout from a radiation leak that forced the closure of the facility.

    Federal officials have said it could take years and a half-billion dollars to restart operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project Plant near Carlsbad because of the February leak.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 2, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 19 and Dec. 30:

    Wayne Lovato, 19, sentenced to one year in jail, San Miguel County District Court
    Olivia Montaño, 33, probation violation: tampering with UA, Adult Probation Office
    Arnulfo Batista-Duran, 54, Aggravated DWI, No seatbelt, no license, open container, failure to maintain lane, San Miguel County Magistrate

  • Remembering those who left us in 2014

    By Art Trujillo
    Las Vegas Optic
    A poem by the 16th century English poet John Donne contains the words, “No man is an island.” Following is “Every man’s death diminishes me. . . . because I am involved in mankind.”

    Indeed, in 2014, many were diminished through the loss of loved ones. In this area alone, there were hundreds of deaths of loved ones whose names appeared in the obituary section of the Optic.

  • Preparing for another term
  • Weather hinders recovery effort

    By Eileen NG and Robin McDowell
    The Associated Press

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia — Chiara Natasha’s entire family was coming to visit for New Year’s.

    The petite, dark-haired 15-year-old had just moved to Singapore in November to study at a Methodist girls’ school on a government scholarship. Her parents and two brothers had promised to join her to celebrate the holiday and help her settle into dormitory life.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 2, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Man wounded during burglary

    ALBUQUERQUE — Bernalillo County authorities say an Albuquerque-area man was shot and wounded by an intruder during a confrontation at the man’s South Valley home.
    According to the Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old Eric Anaya was shot after he and his family returned home Tuesday afternoon and found a strange car in his driveway and his front door kicked in.
    Anaya went inside the confronted two burglars. A fight ensued and Anaya was shot in the shoulder.

  • Fires displace three families

    Two separate structure fires erupted over the long holiday weekend, displacing people in three different residences.

    No injuries were reported in either fire and both fires are suspected of being electrical, Las Vegas Fire Chief Phillip Mares said.

    The first fire broke out in a residence on Perez Street on Christmas Day.

    “There was one individual displaced because of that fire, but no one was injured,” Mares said. He said the house sustained enough damage that the electricity had to be disconnected from the structure.

  • On the hardwood - Brothers referee to cheer father

    The holidays are an emotionally hard time for the Vigil family due to the death of Carl’s mother, Alice Vigil, in a car accident on Highway 104 in 2000.

    But for several years the Vigil family’s holidays have a bit of positive to them as Alice Vigil’s grandsons, Carl and Curtis Vigil Jr. take to the floor of the John Wilson Complex to referee several games of the Stu Clark Tournament.