Local News

  • Jail Log - Aug. 6, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 28 and August 4:

    Daniel Hernandez, 36, aggravated battery on a household member, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Martin Cordova, 55, possession of drug paraphernalia, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Edward Trujillo, 21, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Linda Darras-Jones, 61, DWI (first offense), Obedience to traffic, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • An early September to remember

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The theme for this year’s New Mexico Highlands University’s homecoming festivities is “Highlands Home Field Advantage – Blazing New Trails” — and the theme will be used very early in the school year.

  • Lawsuit alleges Co-op chair is using water illegally

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Mora County man is being sued by a group of northern Wagon Mound-area farmers over water use and rights. A group filed a lawsuit in New Mexico’s Fourth Judicial District in Mora County, seeking an injunction against Robert M. Quintana and his company and Phoenix Ranch operation to stop what is described as “illegal water use” in court documents filed in April.

  • City of Las Vegas now has e-billing

    From Las Vegas Optic reports

    Out of the mailbox and into the inbox.

    ity of Las Vegas utility customers can now save paper and postage and get their monthly utility bills by email. The feature, called “e-billing,” is a recently-added feature to the City’s online bill-pay website, which has been operational since February 2017.

  • NMDOT has several projects in/near Las Vegas

    From Las Vegas Optic reports

    In addition to the ongoing Highway 434 project in northern Mora County, the New Mexico Department of Transportation has two other smaller projects beginning soon near Las Vegas.

    Crack sealing operations resume this week on Highway 104 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 5, both eastbound and westbound, just east of I-25. On North Grand Avenue in Las Vegas, at the Douglas Avenue Intersection, a streetlight repair project will be in operation Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 4 through Aug. 11.

  • Show features original works honoring veterans

    Submitted to the Optic

    The concept for “New Mexico Heroes,” a show with original works for, by, and about veterans, began as part of a state-wide initiative using the arts to serve veterans and facilitated by the state-sponsored New Mexico Arts.

    The Nat Gold Players will present this production Saturday at the Palms Event Center on the Plaza, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7 p.m.

  • Are you afraid of ghosts?

    Las Vegas has a long, dark history, ranging from hangings in the Plaza Park to spirits roaming in historic homes.

    Saturday, the spirits will headline this year’s Places with a Past Historic Homes and Buildings Tour featuring “Ghost Stories.”

    “I’ve heard since I have lived in Las Vegas about all the ghosts here,” said tour organizer Kathy Hendrickson, who relocated to Las Vegas six years ago. “I’ve heard about Byron T. Mills at the Plaza Hotel along with others, including my own house.”

  • City approves amended budget

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    After more than two hours of lively public input and discussion, the Las Vegas City Council passed ­­­a Fiscal 2018 budget resolution — just hours before the state deadline to submit it.

    Needing to submit a balanced FY18 budget to the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration, the council tried for a second time to approve a budget Monday. Last Wednesday, the council held a special meeting where its budget was disapproved by a 2-1 vote; Councilman David Romero wasn’t present.

  • Drug convicts sentenced to prison time

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    San Miguel County District Attorney Richard D. Flores recently announced three individuals, convicted of drug trafficking offenses, were sentenced to prison.

  • Snedeker is no longer warden of Detention Center

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Friday was Patrick Snedeker’s last day as the warden of the San Miguel County Detention Center. County officials haven’t released any information about why his employment has ended. County Manager Vidal Martinez and County Commission Chair Rock Ulibarri both thanked Snedeker for his service of more than a decade to the county, but neither would say why Snedeker’s employment has ended, or whether it was voluntary.