Local News

  • Mora gets magistrate court approval

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Mora County has taken a major step forward in building a new Magistrate Court.

    In late December, the Board of Finance approved a lease agreement between Mora County and the Administrative office of the Courts for use of a portion of the Mora County Complex for a court facility.

  • Las Vegas man arrested twice in nine-day span

    A Las Vegas man, who has a case pending in San Miguel Magistrate Court on a charge of criminal damage to property, committed on Dec. 16, was arrested again early on Christmas morning.

    According to court records, a Las Vegas Police Department officer was dispatched to Pino’s Truck Stop on North Grand Avenue at about 12:15 a.m. Dec. 25, where contact was made with Jeffery A. Shelton, 39, of Las Vegas.

  • Into the cold

    Theresa Wesner photo

    Monday, more than 70 swimmers braved the 9-degree weather to take the 22nd Annual Polat Plunge into Storrie Lake in an event sponsored by the Sunrise Kiwanis.

    Sunshine that began just before the event made it seem slightly warmer.

  • Two-year contract for Gutierrez

    West Las Vegas School Superintendent Chris Gutierrez will be starting this New Year with a two-year contract, offered by the school board. After two executive sessions, in which Gutierrez’s performance was evaluated, the board unanimously voted “yes” to extend the administrator’s contract for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, said Board Member Christine Ludi in a written response.

  • Jail Log, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 21 and Dec. 27:

    Lonny Escovedo, Bench Warrant Arrest, Mora Magistrate Court.

    Dominic Montoya, Aggravated Driving Under The Influence, Adult Probation / San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Felix Romo, Felony Warrant Arrest, San Miguel District Court.

    Isidro Anthony Pacheco, Bench Warrant Arrest,  San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Four inmates hosptialized after Detention Center ‘disturbance’

    Four inmates were taken to a hospital after a "disturbance" Monday afternoon at the San Miguel County Detention Center, according to a news release from the county.

    The injuries, which were not described in detail in the release, happened as the result of an assault against a sergeant on the detention center staff that escalated into a larger situation at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, involving multiple housing areas within the jail. The sergeant was investigating a theft within the jail when he was assaulted.

  • Steve Pearce says governor's job is not all on the fourth floor

     Steve Pearce says “fixing” Santa Fe is about bridging divides.

  • Man, 19, arrested on several alcohol-related charges

    A 19-year-old man was arrested and booked into San Miguel County Detention on several alcohol-related charges after a recent traffic stop in Pecos.

  • Regents would be selected in new way under proposal

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — New Mexico would change the selection process for regents who oversee the state’s public universities and flagship medical center under a newly proposed constitutional amendment.
    Democratic Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces and Republican Sen. Mark Moores of Albuquerque hope to ensure a broader initial search for qualified and energetic candidates to oversee the state’s major public universities by creating bipartisan nomination committees.

  • Designated driver?

    Since the beginning of each new year seems to be one of the many times of year when New Mexicans and many others enjoy having drinks, we might as well ask the boring, serious, killjoy question: Have you made plans to arrive safely at all your destinations on New Year’s Eve?
    We don’t really need to run down a list of names of victims or perpretrators in the world of drunk-driving evil. Everyone knows someone  who’s been affected.