Local News

  • Jail Log - Feb. 5, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 24 and Feb. 1:
    Phillip Archuleta, 24, probation violation: failure to report, Adult Probation Office
    Josette Martin, age unavailable, bench warrant: failure to appear, District Court
    Michael Baca, 22, bench warrant: unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Jorjette Zamora, 23, bench warrant: DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, interference with protective custody, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • HU Loves Alumni event to benefit campaign for football field

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands Loves Alumni event this Thursday (Feb. 9) will be a festive and free evening of food, music, fun and a silent auction that benefits the Home Field Advantage Campaign aimed at replacing the university’s 14-year-old football field.

    The Valentine’s celebration will be in the Student Center from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

  • NM may join popular-vote compact

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico has taken a step toward joining a movement to elect presidents by popular vote.

    A Senate committee on Friday recommended approval of a bill to join an inter-state compact that requires Electoral College voters to cast ballots for the national popular vote winner.

    Senate bill sponsor Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque says she not only is concerned about political campaigns that focus on swing states but also how presidents govern.

  • Weather - Feb. 5, 2017


    HIGH 61° / LOW 33°
    Sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Sunday night ­— mostly clear, with a low around 33.
    6:57 a.m. to 5:33 p.m.


    HIGH 57° / LOW 37°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Breezy.
    Monday night —mostly clear, with a low around 37. Breezy.
    6:56 a.m. to 5:34 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Feb. 5, 2017

    Friday, Feb. 3, 1967 — The East Las Vegas Junior High basketball team will host today’s and Saturday’s East Las Vegas Junior Round Robin. The East Las Vegas players are Leroy Martinez, Pat Vigil, Marshall Sellman, Mickey Maes, Eddie Maestas, Oliver Ortiz, Don C de Baca, Don Guerin, John Johnson and Andy Jaramillo.

  • West, NMAA in court today

    West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team, penalized with four forfeited games for a rules violation, may have a shot at playing those games after all.

    A temporary restraining order issued late Monday by Fourth Judicial District Judge Abigail Aragon calls for the forfeiture to be put on hold, which in theory would allow the Dons’ scheduled games vs. Robertson and St. Mike’s to be played.

    A hearing on the matter is set for 10 a.m. today (Friday) at state District Court in Las Vegas. At that point, the NMAA would be allowed to respond.

  • Calling it a career - Veteran radio show host retires

    After more than three decades on the radio airwaves Maria Garduño has settled into retirement. On Tuesday morning, the 90-year-old hosted her last New Mexico music show on KNMX radio — after a 31-year career.

    Garduño’s departure left many calling into the station to wish her well and saying they will miss her voice during her regular Monday through Friday morning program.

  • School board elections set for Tuesday

    On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls to cast their vote for their preferred school board candidates.

    The West Las Vegas School board has three seats on the ballot, while the Las Vegas City Schools has two. All three seats on the West board are contested.   

    Las Vegas City Schools board members Gabriel Lucero and Leroy Lujan are both running unopposed.

  • Governor vetoes court funding

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed emergency funding for jury trials while ensuring payment for the current legislative session.

    Legislation finalized by the Republican governor on Thursday ensures that more than 400 legislative employees receive pay checks and postpones decisions about a funding crisis in the state judiciary.

  • West Las Vegas candidate questionnaire

    Editor’s Note: With the school board election set for Tuesday, it’s time to brush up on where each candidate stands on the issues. The Optic submitted questions to all school board candidates. What follows are their responses.


    Ambrosio E.

    Age: 24
    Contact information: PO Box 114, Serafina, NM  87569