Local News

  • Luna offers ‘Huero’ top job

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to terminate its search for a new president and to give the job to Leroy “Huero” Sanchez who has been the school’s interim president for three weeks.

    Sanchez and some board members are now in negotiations over a contract. Board Chairman Daniel Romero said the contract would be taken to the full board for approval.

    Sanchez said that if he accepts the board’s offer he wants a commitment.

  • Senior profile - Frank Hager - Scientist and ‘water witch’

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Some call him a water witch. Frank Hager, a retired engineer, prefers to be called a dowser.

    The 82-year-old Ojitos Frios Ranches Subdivision resident practices the ancient art of finding water hidden deep beneath the surface. It’s a practice that dates back at least 8,000 years.

    A dowser walks through an empty field holding a Y-shaped stick in both hands before him. If there’s water below, the dowser is often able to sense it.

  • Shots fired Downtown; no one hurt

    Las Vegas police have launched an investigation into a report that someone fired shots at a man who was inside a vehicle with a female companion and a toddler on Wednesday.

    No one appears to have been injured. Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said the incident played out on the 600 block of Douglas Avenue and on Fourth Street at about 4:30 p.m.

    Investigators found a spent casing on Fourth Street and a couple of projectiles on Douglas, he said.Montaño said investigators have a suspect, but so far no arrest has been made.

  • Rally expected to draw thousands

    Starting today a decade old tradition will hit the streets of the area with the roar of iron horse. It is Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally time.

    The rally started 10 years ago, and this year’s event is expected to bring in thousands of visitors while helping the economy of Las Vegas and the surrounding area.

    “The rally committee members would like to welcome everyone to the 10th Annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally,” rally executive board member Mike Fields said. “We hope you enjoy our town and come back in the near future.”

  • Looking Back - July 24, 2015

    In 1965

    Friday, July 23 — A beginning swimming class sponsored by the American Red Cross, has been concluded at La Loma Motel, with Mrs. Maxine Myers, Red Cross water safety instructor, assisted by Mrs. Mary Edith Johnson. Participants were Sari Lindeborg, Danny Schwede, Terri Foster, Becky Ansley, Susanne Palmer, Claudine Leger, Zian Maloof, Danny Palmer, Dennis Romero, Wayne Ansley, Russell Ansley, Eric Bennett, Gary Schwede, Mike Schwede and Mrs. Oleen Gordon, executive secretary for the local Red Cross chapter.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 24, 2015

    Mora Fiestas this Weekend

    The Mora Fiestas and rodeos will take place from Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26 in Mora. The fiestas include live music, dancing, rodeos and plenty of fun for the whole family. For more information, call 575-387-0237. See page 7 for schedule of events.

  • Weather - July 24, 2015

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the morning. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

  • Correction - July 24

    A photograph on Page 1 of Monday’s Optic misidentified one of the boys that was featured. The last child to the right in the orange turtle mask was Antonio Gonzales. We are re-running the photo with the correct cutline on Page A6 of today’s edition.

  • Jail Log - July 24, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 8 and July 14:

    Claresse Romero, 33, drving on suspended revoked license, speeding.
    Carlos Yara, 24, larceny over $500 but no more than $2,500
    Jade Wilson, 32, probation violation: positive UA (heroin and crack cocaine)
    Fernando Romero, 31, battery on household member, interference with communications, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    John Gutierrez, 53, 6 day commitment
    Josh Madrid, 24, 6 day commitment

  • Kerry calls talk of better Iran deal a ‘fantasy’

    By David Espo and Deb Riechmann
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Countering Republican criticism, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday it is “fantasy plain and simple” to claim that President Barack Obama failed to insist on enough restraints on Iran’s nuclear program before agreeing to lift economic sanctions long in place.

    “So what’s your plan? ... Totally go to war?” he challenged lawmakers who want to torpedo the deal.