Local News

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 9, 2013

    The Heritage Week Traditional Spanish Pioneer Dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Friday) at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Center. Dinner includes a traditional buffalo stew with green chile and barley, pinto beans and chicos. Admission is $10 and children five and younger eat free.

  • Weather - Aug. 9, 2013

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southeast wind 5-10 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.


  • FYI - Aug. 9, 2013

    State police are planning a DWI checkpoint in San Miguel County today (Friday) from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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    The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home.

  • Officials meet with Tree Board to look at projects

    Submitted to the Optic

    Local Tree Board members met with federal officials to discuss Urban and Community Forestry Assistance projects in Las Vegas City Parks recently. Projects were $25,000 each for a total of $50,000 to remove hazardous trees and prune aging shade trees in the parks. Funding was provided by New Mexico State Forestry and U.S. Forest Service and the project was administered by Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Rio Rancho couple claims $7.6 million lottery jackpot

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Rio Rancho couple has claimed a $7.6 million Hot Lotto jackpot from the New Mexico Lottery.

    Doug Barnard and his wife Roberta came forward Tuesday with the winning ticket from last Saturday’s drawing.

    The odds of winning a Hot Lotto jackpot are 1 in 29 million.

    Doug Barnard says he began playing Hot Lotto for the first time about two weeks ago.

    He didn’t realize the quick-pick ticket had the winning numbers until he checked them on the lottery’s website Tuesday morning.

  • Official: Rural NM facing crisis

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — State officials have been fielding a steady stream of phone calls and emails from the managers of community drinking water systems around the state as drought refuses to give up its grip on New Mexico.
    The managers are looking to the state for help as they work to avert a crisis. Water levels are still dropping, aging infrastructure is being pushed to its limits and federal funding is growing more scarce.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Aug. 9, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Judge upholds sentence

    FARMINGTON — A judge in San Juan County has upheld the death sentence for one of only two New Mexico death row inmates, a Farmington man condemned to die for a killing that occurred before New Mexico generally abolished the death penalty in 2009.
    District Judge Karen Townsend on Wednesday denied a defense motion to overturn the death sentence of 39-year-old Robert Fry for the 2000 killing of 36-year-old Betty Lee.

  • Prep practices announced

    Robertson High School volleyball is beginning official practice with two sessions on Monday, Aug. 12, at Mike Marr Gym. The sessions are from 7 to 8 a.m. and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Contact head coach Judith Trujillo for more information.

    Memorial Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball practice will begin at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the school, Trujillo said.

  • Area man accused of rape

    A Las Vegas man is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond after a woman reported that he got into her vehicle on Chavez Street early Saturday morning, forced her to drive away and then raped her.

    Anthony Ray Esquibel, 35, of the 500 block of Chavez Street has been charged with three counts of criminal sexual penetration, all third-degree felonies, and with a single count of false imprisonment. After taking the report, Las Vegas police arrested Esquibel, who, according to court documents is known to go by the alias “Spooky.”

  • Original compositions on tap - Music spectacle will dazzle

    Las Vegas will experience a different type of music this weekend as part of the Meadow City Music Festival. Las Vegas native and Robertson High School class of 2000 graduate, Mark Winston, has been dazzling audiences in Chicago for years and on Saturday, his fellow Meadow City natives and visitors will have a chance to hear his artistic musical creations.