Local News

  • Sonic robber still on loose

    A Sonic employee was robbed at gunpoint on Monday night, which set off an unsuccessful police search for the gunman.

    The case has been turned over to the Las Vegas Police Department’s investigations division. Police have yet to identify any suspects in the robbery, according to a Las Vegas Police Department incident report on the robbery released to the Optic on Wednesday.

    Las Vegas police, meanwhile, are also investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday night. Details on that shooting, however, are sketchy.

  • Senior profile - Stella Bartone - A stellar life embodied

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Adelita Rudolph and Alfredo Herrera, from nearby Rociada at Cañon de Manuelitas, had foresight when they named their youngest daughter Stella, for she has proven herself a star in her own right in Las Vegas.

    “I live life to the fullest for the moment — every moment I enjoy,” said Stella Bartone.

  • High Court upholds health care law subsidies

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

    The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, as opponents contended.

  • Smoke visible from Commissary fire

    If you’ve noticed smoke in the air in the last few days, it’s likely coming from a wildfire that has been burning in the Santa Fe National Forest’s Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.

    Dubbed the Commissary Fire, the lightning-caused blaze has been burning since June 5. As of Thursday, the Commissary Fire had burned 700 acres and was zero percent contained.

  • Mock gas leak
  • Report: State must curb Medicaid costs

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Legislative analysts are warning that the growing price tag for providing health care to low-income New Mexicans will put more pressure on the state’s finances going forward unless steps are taken to control costs.

    After a lengthy review of the state’s Medicaid program, analysts with the Legislative Finance Committee found that New Mexico won’t save as much money as first projected because cost-containing measures have proven difficult to implement during the program’s first year.

  • Lawsuit: AG staffer bullied nonprofit

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    An inexperienced New Mexico attorney general staffer bullied nonprofit employees and harassed a female worker on social media while using the name “Mr. Smooth,” according to a new lawsuit.

  • Jail Log - June 26, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 12 and June 19:
    Antonio Urioste, 30, seven-day commitment
    Genoveva Paiz, 40,  probation violation: absconding
    Angel Gutierrez, 32, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle: bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Kamal Davis, 31, battery on household member, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM District/SM Magistrate
    Antonio Larrañaga, 31, eight-day commitment

  • Looking Back - June 26, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, June 28 — A contract for Army aerial delivery equipment has been awarded to the Jayval Company of Las Vegas by the U.S. Army Aviation Material Command, St. Louis, Mo. Amounting in dollar value to $215,259, the contract provides for the production and delivery of personnel parachute canopies. The purchase marks the second recent procurement of parachute canopies by the Army agency.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 26, 2015

    Barbecue fundraiser set for Saturday

    Heart of David Worship Center, located at 333 Peggy Lane in Las Vegas, will hold a barbecue fundraiser at 11 a.m. every Saturday. Cost is $10 a plate.  Funds are to asssist youth and to purchase needed equipment. Volunteers will prepare different entrees each week. For more information, call Pastor James Vaughn at 505-360-6418.