Local News

  • Prescription drug take-back day scheduled for April 29

    UPDATE: The location has been changed due to the weather predictions. The event will now take place at the Highlands University Student Center Ballroom at 800 National Ave. There will still be free food, live music, games, and agency information booths.

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The San Miguel County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Highlands University are sponsoring a day for the community to come together on Wednesday to safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

  • Gov defends budget vetoes

    As Gov. Susana Martinez made her way across northern New Mexico this week, continuing a public relations tour after her vetoes of the state budget and funding for higher education made national headlines, she pointed the blame for the impasse directly at state legislators.

    “I’ve been disappointed before,” she told the Optic in a one-on-one interview Tuesday, “but I’ve never felt like they left New Mexico hanging in the balance like this session. The budget they sent me is not balanced, and they overspent.”

  • Man facing 35 counts for using gas card

    A former city of Las Vegas employee has landed himself in trouble for allegedly using a credit card belonging to the city. Andres Garcia, 28, of El Llano Road allegedly used a city credit gas card to fill up tanks for out-of-town medical appointments several times between September and February while he was still on the city payroll.

    Garcia has been charged with for using a credit gas card belonging to the city 35 times over six months.

  • Teeing up for spring
  • Plenty on tap for Earth Day

    A full slate of activities is scheduled in town over the next couple of weeks as Earth Day and Arbor Day are observed in the Meadow City.

    Earth Day is this coming weekend.

    A Planet Earth series of films will be shown free of charge at Ilfeld Auditorium on April 22, 25 and 27.

    The following weekend will be full of activity as well.

    On Friday, April 28, a Las Vegas Arbor Day Celebration kicks off at 2 p.m. at Carnegie Park. A short walking tour “to meet the trees” will follow.

  • Drunk driver’s passenger a young child, police say

    A young child was apparently a passenger in the vehicle of a man state police believe was driving while being nearly three times the legal limit for presumed intoxication.

    Terry Huff, 56, of Greeley, Colo., was arrested this past Friday night near Pecos. He faces multiple criminal charges, including DWI, child abuse and reckless driving.

    Huff has been arrested at least 10 times previously on DWI charges, police said.

  • Israel: Assad still has chemical weapons

    The Associated Press

    JERUSALEM — Syria still has up to three tons of chemical weapons, Israeli defense officials said Wednesday in the first specific intelligence assessment of President Bashar Assad’s weapons capabilities since a deadly chemical attack earlier this month.

    The estimate came as the head of the international chemical weapons watchdog said laboratory tests had provided “incontrovertible” evidence that victims and survivors of the April 4 attack in northern Syria were exposed to sarin nerve gas or a similar banned toxin.

  • In Brief - News - April 21, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Murder conviction in head-on crash
    ALBUQUERQUE — A Laguna Pueblo man with prior DWI convictions has been convicted of second-degree murder in a 2015 fatal head-on collision on the Sandia Pueblo Indian Reservation in the Albuquerque area.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 35-year-old Jeffrey Antonio faces up to life in prison when sentenced on his conviction from a jury verdict Wednesday.

  • Jail Log - April 21, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 13 and April 18:
    Caroline Maes, 26, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel District Court
    Damian Valdez, 31, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel District Court
    Brian Poisson, 38, interference with communications, resisting, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Lorenzo Gallegos, 54, criminal damage to property, shoplifting, San Miguel County Magistrate Court

  • Syria plan gains clarity

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Can threatening war crimes charges persuade Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power? What about guaranteeing his safety in exile? These long-shot proposals are at the center of the Trump administration’s new effort to resolve Syria’s six-year civil war.