Local News

  • Jail Log Mar. 25, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 16 and March 23:

    Ruben Cerda De La Torre, 20, seven-day commitment
    Benjamin Baca, 75, criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual contact (two counts), kidnapping
    Delilah Gonzales, 33, criminal distribution of dangerous drugs, bench warrant, State of Montana
    Dorian Esquibel, 40, probation violation: failure to report

  • AG seeks judge to try former senator

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico attorney general’s office is pushing for an initial court hearing to present fraud charges against a former state senator after several judges recused themselves from the case.

    A hearing request and revised charges against former Sen. Phil Griego were filed Tuesday in state court in Santa Fe.

    ourt records indicate four judges have bowed out of the case since a criminal complaint was filed in late February against the influential Democrat from San Jose.

  • 6 finalists picked for East post

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board has whittled down the 12 applicants for its superintendent job down to six finalists, and no locals made the latest cut.

    Board members met on Saturday to go over resumes and to select the finalists they plan to interview on April 2.

    Among the applicants who didn’t make it past the first round were City Councilor and longtime educator Barbara Perea Casey, Legion Park Elementary School Principal Anthony Marquez and former local educator Manuel Lucero.

    The six finalists for the position are:

  • County close to hiring new attorneys

    San Miguel County is a step closer to having a new attorney.

    At a special meeting last week, commissioners voted to begin negotiations with local attorney Marc Grano and with a law firm from Las Cruces.

    The county is hoping to hire Grano as its primary attorney but to also contract with Holt Mynatt Martinez, P.C. out of Las Cruces to assist Grano and to serve as a resource for him.

  • State using reserves to fund operations

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A rebound in oil prices is helping New Mexico stay on track to balance revenues and spending this fiscal year without resorting to further austerity measures, state economists and taxation officials told lawmakers Monday.

  • Thousands in prizes to be given away

    By Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

  • At least 31 dead in Belgium terrorist attacks

    By Lorne Cook and
    John-Thor Dahlburg
    The Associated Press

    BRUSSELS — Bombs exploded Tuesday at the Brussels airport and in the city’s subway, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens, as a European capital was again locked down amid heightened security threats. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

  • In Brief Mar. 22, 2016

    Optic and wire reports city trying to restore pressure

    A main water line break on Hot Springs Boulevard left a number of city of Las Vegas water customers without water on Sunday.

    The line has been repaired, but a number of the city’s water customers were left with low water pressure or with cloudy or discolored water.

  • 12 apply for East’s top job

    City councilor Barbara Perea-Casey and Legion Park Elementary Principal Anthony Marquez are among the 12 applicants vying for the superintendent position at Las Vegas City Schools.

    The deadline to apply for the job was last week, and Dan Patterson, a district-hired consultant coordinating the superintendent search, released the names of the applicants to the Optic on Thursday evening.

  • On the Cutting Edge

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University computer science students are conducting cutting-edge nanomaterial light interaction research that has potential for advancing solar cell efficiency and cancer treatments.

    The students are research assistants in computer science professor Gil Gallegos’ Computational Science Laboratory. The National Science Foundation is funding their paid internships.