Local News

  • Jail Log - July 18, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 3 and July 11:
    Benito Mora, 36, probation violation: positive UA, failure to report, GPS APO
    Carlos Lucero, 32, probation violation: positive UA
    Efrain Gutierrez, 27, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM District
    Jerome Valencia, 37, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM District
    Gerald Romero, 20, probation violation: absconding
    Dorian Esquibel, 38, failure to pay

  • Gun found in suspect’s vehicle

    Authorities retrieved a loaded handgun from the vehicle of the suspect involved in Monday’s police standoff near the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center on north Grand Avenue.

    The suspect, Roger S. Romero, 29, of Chacon, was taken into custody Monday night after Las Vegas police subdued him with pepper balls and bean bag rounds. His sports utility vehicle was sealed and hauled away by a tow truck until officers could get a search warrant.

  • Anaya settles SEC fraud charges

    The Associated Press
    Former Gov. Toney Anaya has reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in a fraud case involving an investment company that was focused on recovering and selling water from aquifers in New Mexico and elsewhere.
    The SEC announced Wednesday that Anaya, who previously served as a regent at New Mexico Highlands University, was one of four people charged with concealing from investors that two lawbreakers ran the company, Natural Blue Resources Inc.

  • Missoula Children’s Theatre auditions Mon.

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Missoula Children’s Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 44 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour team will arrive in Las Vegas on Monday with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play… except the cast.  

  • Update: Missing children found; mother in custody

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Amber Alert issued for two missing Las Vegas children was cancelled late Tuesday after the children and their mother were located in Alamosa, Colo.

    State police say the children were not harmed and were in good physical condition. The mother, Davina Wilkins, was arrested on two counts of custodial interference. Her bond has been set at $50,000.

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  • Standoff ends with arrest

    A 29-year-old Chacon man is facing a host of criminal charges after he wrecked his sports utility vehicle into a gold car, pointed a gun at the driver of the car he had just hit, fled and later engaged Las Vegas police in a standoff near the Abe Montoya Recreation Center on Monday night, court documents allege.

    Authorities allege that Roger S. Romero had been drinking. He is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond.

  • U.S. Senator in town - Amtrak chief, Heinrich visit Vegas

    An enthusiastic crowd ranging from 60 to 80 individuals gathered at the AMTRAK Station in Las Vegas Saturday to greet Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who has expressed his support for continuation of the railroad line which includes Las Vegas and Raton.

  • Suit: DEA paid source with crack

    The Associated Press

    A lawsuit says federal agents paid a struggling addict in crack for his help with an undercover investigation into a Las Vegas, New Mexico drug operation.

    Court papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque say 38-year-old Aaron Romero was approached by DEA agents in 2011 to assist with drug deals in exchange for portions of the drugs obtained by authorities.

  • Regents OK new degree program

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University regents on Monday approved a new Conservation Management degree program for students interested in outdoor related careers.

    The Conservation Management degree will provide graduates the opportunity to pursue policy, planning, outreach and education positions with organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service or the state Department of Game and Fish or State Parks Division, said Teresita  Aguilar, vice president of academic affairs.

  • Looking Back - July 16, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, July 20 — Valuable water which is desperately needed in Storrie Lake was lost Saturday when a flash flood poured down the Gallinas River with logs jamming the Gallinas River Canal gate. The water is badly needed by farms on the Storrie Project. Storrie Lake is extremely low this summer. Livestock loss was also reported in the path of the flood which occurred after heavy rains in the Gallinas Canyon. After the flood, residents along the river were reportedly able to pick up fish all along the banks.