Local News

  • Weather - May 25, 2012

    Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 87. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 52. Windy, with a south wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

    Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Windy, with a south wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 50.


  • Correction - News - May 25, 2012

    In the visitors guide, 2012 Summer Destinations, the Optic misidentified the official name of the Pecos National Historical Park in a headline on Page 14. The park has not been named a “national monument” for years.

  • In Brief - Local News - May 25, 2012

    City closing early Friday
    City of Las Vegas offices will close at noon this Friday to allow employees to attend the dedication of the memorial for the two city workers killed last year in a trench collapse.

    The dedication will begin at noon on Friday at Cinder Road and Palo Verde, where the accident occurred.

  • UWC commencement
  • Second Mora deputy fired

    The Mora County sheriff’s deputy who recorded the altercation between Sheriff Thomas Garza and another deputy has been fired.

    Stephen Mora confirmed to the Optic through a text message that he had been fired, but added he couldn’t say anything more about it right now. The Optic was unable to reach Garza earlier this week.

    KOAT-TV reported earlier this week that the termination leaves the sheriff’s department with one deputy and the sheriff to patrol the county.

  • Jail Log - May 25, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 16 and May 21:
    Paul Trujillo, 24, Department of Corrections hold for court
    Helen Rivera, 30, failure to appear, fraud by worthless checks, probation violation
    Jose Euligo Maestas, 33, failure to appear
    Alfred Alcon, 32, failure to appear, breaking and entering, criminal damage to property
    Lonnie Bennett, 49, all other larcenies, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana
    Ted Gordan, 45,  bench warrant: failure to pay

  • New military pass available

    Submitted to the Optic

    As part of the Joining Forces initiative to support our nation’s service members and their families, Fort Union National Monument announces an annual pass to active duty service members and their dependents, granting free access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands around the nation in the coming years.

  • Chamber says it’s under attack

    The executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce is accusing the city Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board and unidentified city staff of plotting to dismantle and eliminate the chamber.

    And she is asking for an opportunity to present the chamber’s side to the city’s governing body directly, alleging that the information that has been provided to the City Council and to the community by city staff and the lodger’s tax board “has been deliberately and grossly misrepresented.”

  • Memorial to be dedicated on Friday

    Rita Romero marked the anniversary of her husband’s death this past Friday by making a promise to herself.

    Last year she focused on how her husband, Frank Romero, died — being buried alive after a trench collapsed on him and another city worker.

    “This year, I’m only going to think about how Frank lived,” she said.

  • Ring o’ Fire

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was one of the best places in the western United States to watch the annular solar eclipse, and people drove for days just to get to this dusty stretch west of Albuquerque.

    Did it matter?

    Some say no. The game of chasing celestial spectacles like Sunday’s eclipse has changed thanks to live webcasting by observatories around the world and social network sites that are being fueled by grainy smartphone photographs and video clips.