Local News

  • Drug Court has new tasks, accreditation hopes

    Submitted by Zabrina Sandoval

    Special to the Optic The San Miguel County DWI “Sobriety” DWI Drug Court Program is a state-funded program brought into existance by the Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • The Nation In Brief, Oct. 22, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Federal budget rises to $666 billion

    WASHINGTON  — The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, a spike that comes as Republicans are moving to draft a tax code rewrite that promises to add up to $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the coming decade.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

     Wire and staff reports

    Planned burn along Gallinas

  • NMHU professor publishes diversity study

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University Spanish professor published a study aimed at advancing higher education curriculums anchored in diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Dr. Norma Valenzuela co-authored the paper in the International Journal of Curriculum and Social Justice.

  • In Brief, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Judge nominee not supported by black lawmakers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Thursday narrowly backed the nomination of a North Carolina attorney to fill the nation’s longest judicial vacancy over the objections of Democrats, black lawmakers and some civil rights groups.

  • Jail Log, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 13 and Oct. 19:
    Paul Apodaca, 48, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court. Roberto Benavidez, 67, failure to comply with conditions of release, San Miguel District Court.
    Alexander Lara, 39, aggravated assault against a household member, stalking, Mora County.
    Mariano Araica, 26, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, robbery, conspiracy, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Santa Fe County.

  • Wildlife Refuge program allows fun learning middle-schoolers

    Submitted to the Optic

    It turned out to be a wonderful year for the Mission Fly Away Program.

    Las Vegas’ Memorial, West Las Vegas, Raton, Maxwell, Cimarron, Springer, and Pojoaque Pueblo middle schools all participated in the Monarch butterfly program sponsored by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.

  • NMDOT might initiate action against junkyard
  • Las Vegas man charged with 7th DWI

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was charged with driving while intoxicated for the seventh time Tuesday after a Game and Fish officer observed him unable to maintain lanes along I-25 near Bernal.

    About 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, A Game and Fish sergeant notified the New Mexico State Police that a northbound vehicle was unable to maintain lanes along I-25 near mile marker 328.

  • City manager’s wreck did not require drug testing

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The City of Las Vegas has responded to requests for information about an August vehicle accident involving City Manager Richard Trujillo.

    While leaving his home to inspect the impact of storms on Aug. 6, Trujillo struck a family member’s vehicle with the city’s 2015 Chevy Impala he was driving, but the damage was only to a tail light and fender.