Local News

  • City attorney removed; interim directors appointed

    A number of City of Las Vegas management personnel changes were announced after a special City Council meeting was held Thursday evening, according to Pubilc Information Officer Lee Einer.

  • Chief Montaño retires from LVPD

    When Juan F. Montaño and his attorney filed a tort claim against the City of Las Vegas last summer, it was obvious the relationship between the police chief and city administrators were strained, and might not last long.

    In some parting words sent to the Optic, however, Montaño didn't addressed the thorny side of his relationship with his higher-ups, but chose to thank a number of people for their support through the years.

  • Man found dead at Montezuma hot springs

    A New Mexico State Police spokesperson confirmed that an adult male was found deceased at the hot springs in Montezuma on Dec. 17, but didn't provide many details.

  • An appeal to the governor

    The Dec. 12 San Miguel County Commission meeting featured presentations on a wide variety of issues, including one from a presenter who wanted to discuss some economic possibilities involving a particular plant.

    Mikki Anaya, formerly both a communications volunteer for the New Mexico Industrial Hemp Coalition and the executive director of the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute, brought many statistics to the board.

  • Committee crafts tighter dwelling code proposal

    Las Vegas property owners, be aware — with extra “teeth” being proposed as new municipal code, if your dwelling place is deemed “unfit for human habitation,” city officials might be reaching out to touch you. If your property does not meet the code, you could be cited.

    According to Levy Lujan, the city’s code enforcement officer, the point of the increased enforcement standards is not to put liens on people’s properties or take them, but to get people to comply.

  • An international show

    Courtesy of Gwen Albers
    United World College students Noah Taylor, Franco Martin Salinas, Adama Diagne, Radia ElHallam and Jang Belche were set to be part of an annual winter concert scheduled to be held earlier this month in the castle dining hall.

    The evening was set to feature the Latin, Silk Road and String ensembles; jazz and contemporary musical improvisation; African Chorus and soloists.

    The free performance was open to the public.

  • Police seek help in locating vulnerable man

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a Las Vegas resident who was reported missing by his caretaker on Dec. 5.

    Candido Lucero, 54, is blind in his left eye, and has a disability that limits his understanding of his whereabouts, according to Las Vegas Police Lt. Steve B. Pacheco.

  • A visit from the guy in red

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

    Ariella Lopez, who is blind, was one of many area children to receive at least one gift from Santa Claus and a team led by Las Vegas Police officers Saturday.

    The LVPD took in more than $3,700 this year in donations from businesses and organizations and delivered toys and a total of 46 turkeys to families in need.

  • Noticias, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

     Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@ lasvegasoptic.com


    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.


  • LCC welding programs gets boost

    The Luna Community College Welding Program has helped produce many students become job-ready.