Local News

  • Rec center offering fitness challenge

    Las Vegas Optic

    Looking to shed a few holiday pounds? Maybe make good on that New Year’s resolution to get back in shape?

    The City of Las Vegas may have just the incentive you need to help you reach your goals.

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center is again hosting an eight-week fitness challenge for the community beginning Monday.

  • Johnson scores 3rd weekly honor

    Las Vegas Optic

    Marlon Johnson’s third honor as New Mexico Highlands University’s Subway Student-Athlete of the Week was a slam dunk.
    Johnson, a power forward for the Cowboy basketball team, averaged 19 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and two blocks per game over the weekend of Jan. 15-16 to earn the award for the third time.

    Highlands won both games, besting Chadron State and Regis to claim sole possession of first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • Ortega wins Rising Star

    Brenda Ortega spent years in front of an audience of students as a teacher. Now, she is has a different stage using her voice, talent and charisma. On Saturday, Ortega walked away with Song of the Year and Rising Star of the Year awards from the New Mexico Hispano Music Awards. She, along with her father and well-known musician Juan Ortega,  also held a live performance at the event that took place at the Ohkay Casino Conference Center in Española.

  • Local police investigating liquor store robbery

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    An unidentified man walked into a local liquor store on Monday evening, brandished a handgun and got away with an undisclosed amount of money and a bottle of liquor, Las Vegas police say.

    The robbery occurred at Legers Package Liquor Store on the 2400 block of Seventh Street. No one was injured in the robbery.

    Lt. Steve Pacheco, with the Las Vegas Police Department, said investigators are following up on leads in the case, but so far no arrest has been made.

  • Rep. Salazar to seek re-election

    Las Vegas Optic

    Rep. Tomás Salazar announced this week that he will be seeking re-election.

    The Las Vegas-area Democrat is currently serving his second term in the state House of Representatives.

    “I have been honored and proud to represent my neighbors and fellow community members of House District 70,” Salazar said in a news release announcing his plans. “I have always felt that public service is the most effective way to better the lives of those around you.”

  • Mayoral candidates tackle the issues

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Five of the six candidates running for mayor fought hard on Tuesday night to set themselves apart from their opponents, and they didn’t hold back when asked their opinions on how the current administration is running things.

  • Oil plunge upends state budget session

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers conferred with energy market experts and economists about plunging oil prices Wednesday as the Legislature crafts a new state budget that relies heavily on oil and natural gas revenues.

    The price of U.S. crude sank almost below $27 a barrel Wednesday to its lowest price since 2003 amid a glut in oil global supplies. That’s down from the $100 range in mid-2014.

  • Jail Log Jan. 22, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 12 and Jan. 13:
    Flora Montoya-Guinn, 26, conditions of release should be revoked or reviewed, bench warrant Mora
    Brian Aragon, 27, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate/LV Municipal
    Anthony Vasquez, 23, hold for court
    Paul Valdez, 29, aggravated DWI (third offense), possession of drug paraphernalia, roadways laned for traffic, driving on suspended revoked license, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • County terminates new lawyer

    Just eight months after hiring a new law firm to replace longtime county attorney Jesus Lopez, the San Miguel County Commission is once again in the market for a lawyer.

    Without much discussion, San Miguel County commissioners voted last week to sever ties with Albuquerque-based Stetson Law Offices, P.C., and with attorney Joe Diaz.

  • Lawmakers convene to forge budget

    By Morgan Lee and Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s Legislature convened Tuesday to forge a budget aimed at keeping pace with soaring health care costs for low-income residents, stimulating a sluggish state economy, and possibly increasing pay to teachers and police.

    The 30-day budgetary session leaves little time to spare, and legislators were already clamoring to push through major policy initiatives involving violent crime and public corruption.