Local News

  • Jail Log - October 15th. 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 5 and Oct. 9:
    Jason Cantrell, 33, hold for court, SM District
    Anthony Esquibel, 37, aggravated assault household member, criminal damage to property, failure to pay, bench warrant, SM Magistrate/LV Municipal
    Alexander Lara, 37, 5 day commitment
    Angel Gutierrez, 32, criminal damage to property on household member, failure to pay fines fees, bench warrant, SM Magistrate/SantaFe Mag
    Johnny Mares, 53, 7 day commitment

  • Sanchez: Immigrant license repeal won’t pass

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    RIO COMMUNITIES — Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says any GOP-sponsored bill aimed at repealing New Mexico’s immigrant driver’s license law won’t make it to the Senate floor next session. Again.

    One of state’s most powerful Democratic legislators told The Associated Press on Tuesday that even if it did, there wouldn’t be enough votes to pass the proposal supported by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Program welcomes students to HU residence halls

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Students in the Highlands University residence halls got a knock on the door and a warm welcome from the campus and Las Vegas community last week during the House Call Program, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary this fall. 

  • Six girls to compete for crowns

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 14th Annual Little Miss and Miss Pre-Teen Las Vegas Pageant will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.  Six young girls will be competing for the titles in four categories. The categories of competition are talent, Halloween wear, formal wear and on-stage question. 

  • Local geology focal point of conference

    By Margaret McKinney’
    Highlands University

    Highlands University geology students and faculty showcased their research on the rich geologic history of the Las Vegas area from the mountains of Hermit’s Peak to the canyon lands of Rio Mora at the 66th Annual New Mexico Geological Society Fall Field Conference Sept. 30 – Oct. 2.

  • Chamber officer asked to resign

    Just as the Las Vegas San Miguel Chamber of Commerce appeared to be getting back on its feet following a nasty separation with its former executive director in May, the organization is facing another controversy.

    Travis Regensberg, the  chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors, sent a letter last week asking vice chairman Mike Adams to resign.

  • Trujillo to run for House seat

    Las Vegas Optic

    The primary election is still eight months away, but a Rio Arriba County commissioner has already announced that he plans to run for the House seat now held by longtime state Rep. Nick Salazar.

    Barney Trujillo, a Democrat, issued a news release announcing his candidacy on Monday. The House District 40 seat he is seeking represents Rio Arriba, Colfax, Mora and San Miguel counties.

  • Officials mark Valles Caldera’s addition to Park Service

    The Associated Press

    VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE — A sprawling parcel of land in northern New Mexico that’s home to vast grasslands and one of North America’s few super volcanoes became part of the National Park Service on Saturday.
    U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, members of the state’s congressional delegation, tribal leaders and others gathered at Valles Caldera National Preserve for a celebration to mark the transition.

  • In Brief 10-14-15

    The Associated Press


    Tri-State to buy NM solar power

    DEMING — A wholesale provider that serves rural electric cooperatives in four states has signed a contract to buy power from a planned solar farm in southern New Mexico.

    Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association says the contract calls for the Alta Luna Solar Project to provide it with 25 megawatts of electricity for 25 years.

  • Weather 10-14-15


    HIGH 81° / LOW 41°

    Sunny, with a high near 81. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    7:06 a.m. to 6:27 p.m.



    HIGH 79° / LOW 41°

    Sunny, with a high near 79. North wind around 5 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

    7:07 a.m. to 6:26 p.m.