Local News

  • A gawk on the wild side
  • Wagon Mound Supt. fired by board

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s tenure as superintendent at Wagon Mound Public Schools came to an abrupt halt on Thursday evening as a split board voted to let her contract expire at the end of the month. The board also put her on paid administrative leave until June 30.

  • City: Proper steps followed on flooring

    Corrections - June 21, 2017

    In the June 18 story titled: “City: Proper steps followed on flooring,” Einer clarified that state procurement code, which states work under $60,000 in expenditures is not subject to the competitive sealed bidding process.

    These jobs are done on the basis of best obtainable price. The city repealed its own Resolution 12-24 in March 2014, replacing it with the New Mexico Procurement Code.

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

  • Former Chamber director sues county

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The former executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce has filed a lawsuit against San Miguel County leaders, claiming violation of “whistleblower” protection when she made sexual harassment allegations of now-former County Manager Les Montoya.

  • Swim incident claims life of 20-year old Tecolote man

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A swimming incident claimed the life of an 20-year-old Las Vegas man last weekend.

    According to Lt. Elizabeth Armijo of the New Mexico State Police, Damian Pacheco of Tecolote lost his life in an incident at a water hole on Saturday, June 10. A group of teens were swimming in a sink hole or water hole, located off of U.S. 84 along County Road B26B.

    Armijo said Pacheco jumped into the water, but was “unable to swim,” and drowned.

  • In Brief - News - June 18, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Trump tweets he is target
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he was under investigation and appeared to challenge the credibility of a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.

    “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” the president wrote in his tweet.

  • Wildfire rages near Jemez, Valles Caldera

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A wildfire burned several hundred acres late last week between the Jemez area of the Santa Fe National Forest and was moving east toward the Valles Caldera, southwest of Los Alamos, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

    The El Cajete fire, as of Friday morning, was reported to be between the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of NM Highway 4, along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, burning more than 700 acres so far.

  • Jail Log - June 18, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 9 and June 13:

  • Weather - June 18, 2017


    HIGH 82 / LOW 52°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Sunday night ­—
    partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:19 p.m.


  • New Army officer