Local News

  • ‘We lost one of our treasures’

    Ruth Fort, a longtime school teacher who moved to New Mexico as a missionary and later ended up writing about Mora County in a weekly column for the Optic, has died. She was 91.

    Fort died at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe early Monday morning, her daughter, Maxine Hughes, said.

  • Crash involving cop under investigation

    Las Vegas police officer responding to a burglary in progress call crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Seventh and University Sunday morning.

    The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

    Deputy Chief Eugene Garcia said all factors will be considered and investigated.

    “If infractions are found, corrective action will be administered,” he added.

    The officer involved in the crash was Michael Ortega, and the driver of the red GMC truck he hit has been identified as Richard Sena.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 19, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15:

    Damian Pacheco, 18, absconding, bench warrant, SM District
    Annette Adkins, 31, possession of a controlled substance, bench warrant, State of Texas Parole Violation Mora/State of Texas
    Alexander Lara, 36, driving on suspended-revoked license
    Nakia Crespin, 36, child abuse, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Diego Trujillo, 34, receiving/transferring stolen property, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Looking Back - Dec. 19

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 19, 2014

    Hanukkah Party

    Las Vegas Jewish Community Inc. Hanukkah Party, 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Temple Montefiore, Columbia Eighth. There will be music, potluck and a menorah lighting. Call 454-4900.

  • Weather - Dec. 19, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 45. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:05 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.

  • Dunn preps for land position

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The results of the recount in the race for New Mexico land commissioner, one of the most powerful positions in state government, confirm Republican Aubrey Dunn has ousted Democrat incumbent Ray Powell.

    The secretary of state’s office said the counting wrapped up late Tuesday. The results show Dunn with a margin of 656 votes over Powell out of nearly 500,000 ballots cast in the race. The original difference had Dunn in the lead by 704 votes.

  • License repeal effort begins

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two New Mexico lawmakers have launched a new effort to repeal a state law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses.

    Rep. Paul Pacheco, R-Albuquerque, and Rep.-elect Andy Nunez, R-Hatch, made a proposal Tuesday just as Republicans were preparing to take control of the House and Gov. Susana Martinez is set to start a second term following her landslide re-election victory.

  • BREAKING - Abeyta, Martinez, Lovato Pacheco facing opposition

    On Tuesday several candidates filed for upcoming seats on the Las Vegas City School board and West Las Vegas School Board.

    Las Vegas City Schools incumbent Gloria Lovato Pacheco will face off against Leonard Padilla while incumbent board member Luis Ortiz will try to keep his seat against the competition of Robert Duran III. Board member Leroy Lujan is running unopposed. Dennis Romero and Paul Griego are vying for Felix Alderete's seat.

  • West questions expenditures

    Several members of the West Las Vegas School board are unhappy over the way Rio Gallinas School is being operated, and they made their concerns known publicly.

    In a board meeting late last week, board members asked that the local charter school under the school scrutiny become more open with the district and keep them abreast of their actions.

    “We were more surprised with some things that are taking place at the charter school,” board member Marvin Martinez said.