Local News

  • Vegas police unveil new cop car look

    If you showed up to the Fourth of July parade you likely caught a glimpse of the new black and white city police cruisers that will become a familiar site around Las Vegas in the coming months.

    The Las Vegas Police Department has begun replacing its old fleet of Crown Victorias with a new fleet of Ford Police Interceptors, a model built specifically for patrol functions. Three of the new vehicles made their debut at last Wednesday’s parade.

  • Work begins on new fire station

    People who reside in the San Ignacio area have long known that they need a fire station, and plans to build one have been in the works for more than 10 years.

    Late last month James Casanova, the chief of the Sapello-Rociada Fire Station and a number of others gathered to break ground on the new fire station that they say will finally bring adequate fire protection to an area that has been vulnerable.

    “Now it’s become a reality,” Casanova said during a recent interview with the Optic.

  • Looking Back - July 9, 2012

    In 1912

    Wednesday, July 10 — The Masonic banquet is an enjoyable event. One-hundred fifteen guests are expected to celebrate the building of the local lodge. The celebration of the 50th anniversary of Chapman Lodge at the Castañeda was one of the most brilliant events of the year.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 9, 2012

    Fort Union tours this Saturday

    Fort Union National Monument annual First Fort Tours will be this Saturday. The public may visit the site of the original fort and see the ruins of the third fort arsenal. Tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025 or visit www.nps.gov/foun.

  • Weather - July 9, 2012

    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 56. North wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.


  • AG criticizes GOP records request

    The Associated Press

    A request made by the New Mexico Republican Party under the state Inspection of Public Records Act drew fire Friday from Democratic Attorney General Gary King.

    The party sent the request to King’s office two weeks ago seeking any emails and attachments concerning public business that were sent by King from his personal email addresses.

  • County to get $730,161

    San Miguel County stands to receive $730,161 from the federal government while Mora County is in line to receive $166,741 for the current fiscal year through a program aimed at compensating counties for federal lands that can’t be taxed by local governments.

    Sen Jeff Bingaman announced the funding in a news release last month. All together, New Mexico counties will get $34.8 million.

    The so-called payment in lieu of taxes funding is administered through the Department of the Interior.

  • Man hurt in pit bull attack

    A 64-year-old disabled veteran suffered inch-deep cuts to his right arm and puncture wounds to his upper left arm during a pit bull attack this past Sunday evening.

    Charles Mitchell said he was walking his chihuahua on Sapello Street between New Mexico Avenue and Union Street when he heard dogs.

    “I looked down the street,” Mitchell said. “This pit bull came from my right. I didn’t see him until it was too late for me to do anything  but sort of duck.”

  • Fiesta performer has unique story

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    One of the best things about Fiestas is the three days’ worth of local and regional Spanish music on the Plaza. But none of the musicians performing at this year’s festivities stand out quite like Shawn Kiehne, better known to his fans as El Gringo.

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