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  • Zinke supports opening access to Sabinoso Wilderness site

    Las Vegas Optic reports
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday that federal land managers will be working to finalize a process for considering whether to accept a donation of land that will allow public access to a landlocked parcel of federally protected wilderness in northern New Mexico, according to the Associated Press.

    Zinke’s announcement comes nearly two weeks after he toured the area with members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation and local officials.

  • Trump to McConnell: deliver, or step aside

    By Julie Bykowicz and Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump escalated a stunning feud against his top Senate partner Thursday, suggesting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might have to think about stepping aside if he doesn’t deliver on the president’s agenda of health care, taxes and infrastructure.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Aug 13, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Navajo Nation upgrading alerts
    GALLUP — A Navajo Nation official says the tribe is still in the process of buying software for an Amber Alert system for the reservation months after a purchase was under way in the wake of controversy following the killing of a girl.

    Public Safety Division Director Jesse Delmar told the Gallup Independent on Wednesday that the tribe is considering different software vendors that they will interview.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 13, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 5 and 11:
    Alfred Waldo, 37, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Chris Sisneros, 43, aggravated DWI (fifth offense), driving on suspended/revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Christopher Tafoya, 27, 30-day commitment, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Jerry Martinez, 40, Hold for court,     San Miguel District Court.

  • Weather - Aug. 13, 2017


    HIGH 80°/ LOW 55°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the morning.

    6:18 a.m. to 7:53 p.m.


    HIGH 81° / LOW 55°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.
    Monday night — a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

    6:19 a.m. to 7:52 p.m.

  • Beverly Hughes wins quarterly prize drawing

    Submitted to the Optic

    Park Prescriptions participant Beverly Hughes is winning many times over. She is the first recipient of the program’s first quarterly prize drawing.

    Hughes, who won a $50 Visa gift card, noted that, “It was a win-win, no matter if I won the prize or not.” Hughes, like many of the other participants in the program, finds a plethora of benefits from recreating in the park.

  • Meeting first responders

    First responders are not someone you want to meet most of the time, as they are usually the first people you see during an emergency. But on Saturday, many first responders will be on-site at the third annual Local Emergency Planning Committee Expo, which will allow attendees to talk and meet many police officers and firefighters personally.

  • Strong opinions given on attorney recommendation

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Tuesday’s regular San Miguel County Commission meeting featured two speakers on a topic that wasn’t even an action item on the agenda.

    Two citizens, who had strong opinions about the county attorney selection that will take place in the months ahead, voiced their concerns to the Commission.

    The county has already gone through a pair of attorney transitions since longtime county attorney Jesus Lopez and the county agreed to part ways in 2015.

  • Water a mutli-faceted topic at work session

    Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council work session dealt with water — both the lack of it in some places and an excess in others.

    Hours after a massive thunder and hail storm rolled through San Miguel County, the City Council heard from Utilities Director Maria Gilvarry about an upcoming request for proposal expected to be released soon for work on Bradner and Peterson reservoirs, along with the diversion dam.

    The latter portion of the meeting dealt with the city’s response to all the recent rain in town.