Local News

  • In Brief - News - June 21, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Former state sen. faces 22 new charges
    SANTA FE  — A grand jury has charged a former New Mexico state senator with perjury, fraud and embezzlement in connection with campaign finance activities and disclosure reports.

    Details of a grand jury indictment confirmed on Monday show that 22 new charges have been filed against former Sen. Phil Griego in state district court in Santa Fe.

  • Corrections - June 21, 2017

    In the June 16 Optic story titled “Council hears from marketing firm at work session,” Las Vegas City spokesman Lee Einer said City Manager Richard Trujillo’s enrollment in a certification program (for city managers) is not a new development.

    The certification program was a condition of Trujillo’s hire as city manager. It is a requirement of the city’s charter and Trujillo remains enrolled in the program.

  • Fort Union Days
  • Weather - June 21, 2017


    HIGH 95 / LOW 58°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
    5:46 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


    HIGH 98° / LOW 59°
    Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night — mostly clear, with a low around 59.
    5:46 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


  • A gawk on the wild side
  • Wagon Mound Supt. fired by board

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s tenure as superintendent at Wagon Mound Public Schools came to an abrupt halt on Thursday evening as a split board voted to let her contract expire at the end of the month. The board also put her on paid administrative leave until June 30.

  • City: Proper steps followed on flooring

    Corrections - June 21, 2017

    In the June 18 story titled: “City: Proper steps followed on flooring,” Einer clarified that state procurement code, which states work under $60,000 in expenditures is not subject to the competitive sealed bidding process.

    These jobs are done on the basis of best obtainable price. The city repealed its own Resolution 12-24 in March 2014, replacing it with the New Mexico Procurement Code.

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

  • Former Chamber director sues county

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The former executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce has filed a lawsuit against San Miguel County leaders, claiming violation of “whistleblower” protection when she made sexual harassment allegations of now-former County Manager Les Montoya.

  • Swim incident claims life of 20-year old Tecolote man

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A swimming incident claimed the life of an 20-year-old Las Vegas man last weekend.

    According to Lt. Elizabeth Armijo of the New Mexico State Police, Damian Pacheco of Tecolote lost his life in an incident at a water hole on Saturday, June 10. A group of teens were swimming in a sink hole or water hole, located off of U.S. 84 along County Road B26B.

    Armijo said Pacheco jumped into the water, but was “unable to swim,” and drowned.

  • In Brief - News - June 18, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Trump tweets he is target
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he was under investigation and appeared to challenge the credibility of a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.

    “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” the president wrote in his tweet.