Local News

  • Fall Convocation
  • Two suspects in Hibbett Sports, Bealls robberies jailed

    A weekend trip to Santa Fe for back-to-school supplies led police to arrest two Mora County men on robbery charges.

    Las Vegas Police Sgt. Michael Ortega was off-duty Sunday, shopping for back-to-school items with his family at the Santa Fe Place mall when he noticed a blue 2000 Chevrolet two-door pickup truck. The truck matched a description tied to recent armed robberies at Hibbett Sports and Bealls department store on Seventh Street in Las Vegas.

  • Suspects sought in shooting

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The New Mexico State Police is investigating a shooting that occurred the evening of Aug. 14 along the north edge of Las Vegas, where at least one person suffered a gunshot wound.

    About 6:30 p.m., NMSP officers were dispatched to a call about shots fired at the intersection of Eighth Street and Don Gallegos Circle.

  • County fair champ

    Isaac Montoya shows off his goat at last weekend’s San Miguel / Mora County Fair at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds. Montoya, one of many smiling participants in the animal competitions at the 2017 fair, won a round-robin points championship. 

  • Chief is only LVPD who can coach a sport, manager says

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    There will apparently be only one employee of the Las Vegas Police Department coaching a school sport under contract in 2017-18.

    That employee will be LVPD Chief and West Las Vegas High School wrestling coach Juan Montaño.

  • Man charged with fifth DWI

    An Ojo Feliz man has landed his fifth DWI charge.

    Chris Sisneros, 43, is facing a charge for DWI, his fifth such charge, and driving with a suspended license. The charges come as a result of a New Mexico State Police traffic stop earlier this month.

  • First Response
  • Senator in town
  • One man killed in plane crash near Trementina

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Sunday, New Mexico State Police, in conjunction with Search and Rescue, located a downed aircraft north of State Road 104, near Trementina, in eastern San Miguel County. An elderly man was found deceased inside.

  • Weather - Aug. 16, 2017


    HIGH 83°/ LOW 52°
    Sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
    Wednesday Night  — partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

    6:20 a.m. to 7:50 p.m.


    HIGH 82° / LOW 53°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.