Local News

  • Senior Profile - Couple enjoys teaching, reading

    By Art Trujillo
    Las Vegas Optic

    Having traveled and lived in many places in the United States and Europe, they chose Las Vegas. After stints in Germany, Estonia, Switzerland and several American states, Carol and Bernt Winkel settled on a 250-acre piece of land just south of Las Vegas, in the Mineral Hill area. They arrived here in 1991.

  • Gov, lawmakers haven’t sent REAL ID letter

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and state lawmakers have not sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeking an extension on REAL ID requirements.

    Nearly two weeks after federal officials said New Mexico could get an extension if Martinez and lawmakers sent a letter, no agreement has been drafted amid a looming Jan. 10 deadline.

    Federal officials want Martinez and lawmakers to say they will pass a REAL ID-compliant law during the next session, which begins Jan. 19.

  • Turks, Belgians foil plans for attacks

    By Suzan Fraser and John-Thor Dahlburg
    The Associated Press

    ANKARA, Turkey — With less than 48 hours left in 2015, Turkey on Wednesday became the latest country to announce the foiling of a holiday attack plot, detaining two suspected Islamic State militants believed to be planning suicide bombings during New Year celebrations in the capital city’s heart.

    “They were caught before they had the opportunity to take action,” said the office of the chief prosecutor of Ankara, Turkey’s capital.

  • In Brief Jan. 1, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Online voter registration close

    SANTA FE — New Mexico officials say the state’s voters will soon be able to register online.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Secretary of State’s Office says it is putting the final touches on new voter registration regulations. Interim Election director Kari Fresquez says county clerks will double-check electronic applications against the voter rolls to make sure there is no duplication and that the person is eligible to vote.

  • Jail Log Jan. 1, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 22 and Dec. 28:

    Felicia St. Pierre, 24, breaking and entering, battery, criminal damage to property, bench warrant, Mora District
    Edward Cruz, 31, hold for court
    Gavino Vigal, 23, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failure to appear, bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Charlene Smith, 57, aggravated DWI, stopping, standing or parking outside of a residence, no license, no evidence of financial responsibly

  • Mora intern receives conservationist award

    Submitted to the Optic

    Daniel Gallegos recently received the Early Career Conservationist Award for his work at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mora National Fish Hatchery.

  • Sweetie-Pie Initiative fixed 209 dogs this year

    Susan West and Rae Laing are howling in happiness as the year comes to a close. West and Laing, founders of the Sweetie Pie Initiative, were able to help 209 dogs get either spayed or neutered this year through their low-cost program.

    “We are truly thankful to everyone who has supported our efforts this year. We are looking forward to doing even more good work in 2016,” Laing said.

  • Police union: Vehicle situation dire

    The president of the Las Vegas Police Officer’s Association is pleading with the mayor and City Council to do something about the  police department’s aging vehicles, which he says are in dire need of being replaced.

    Many of the older vehicles are rusted and have peeling paint, police union President David Cordova told the governing body during a Council meeting earlier this month. He said others have mechanical issues, heating and cooling issues and suspension issues.

  • Storm causes accidents in Vegas

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Las Vegas missed the brunt of the winter storm that crippled parts of New Mexico on Saturday and Sunday, but the three inches of snow recorded in Las Vegas was still enough to cause headaches for drivers.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said his officers handled four minor crashes over the weekend, one rollover and a crash with injuries where alcohol was a factor. None of the injuries were life threatening, Montaño said.

    While Las Vegas didn’t get much snow, other parts of San Miguel County did.

  • Weather Dec.30, 2015


    HIGH 31° / LOW 7°

    Sunny, with a high near 31. Wind chill values as low as -2. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

    7:10 a.m. to 4:57 p.m.



    HIGH 28° / LOW 9°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

    7:10 a.m. to 4:58 p.m.