Local News

  • Driver in fatal crash getting death threats

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Bail was set at $100,000 cash or  $200,000 property for Wayne Lovato on Monday after he was arraigned on child abuse resulting in death and other charges stemming from an April wreck on Interstate-25 that left two teens dead and five others injured.

    The charges come on the heels on an earlier preliminary hearing during which testimony was heard in the case that will now be tried in adult court, where adult sanctions will be pursued if Lovato is convicted.

  • Highlands, State Land Office sign collaboration agreement

    Submitted to the Optic

    State Land Commissioner Ray Powell and New Mexico Highlands University signed an agreement last week to share critical information about the species of plants and animals on state trust land and to work cooperatively on large projects like forest thinning in northern New Mexico.

  • In Brief - Las Vegas News - May 22, 2013

    Seat belt ticket blitz under way
    The state Department of Transportation is warning motorists to buckle up or risk getting a ticket.
    Every year during the Memorial Day holiday period, May 20-June 2, law enforcement agencies join forces from coast to coast for an enforcement blitz that delivers on the message: Click It or Ticket.
    DOT said in a news release that the mobilization is supported by national and local paid advertising and earned media campaigns aimed at raising awareness before the blitz.

  • 360 flowers planted downtown

    Submitted to the Optic

    Eighteen community volunteers were out on Saturday adding soil and mulch to all the planter boxes downtown.  

  • Looking Back - May 22, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 22, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie Library
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Sam at the Seaside” by Mary Labatt. Event is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - May 22, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the morning. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, becoming light and variable after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 48.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:51 a.m. to 8:04 p.m.

  • Safety first
  • BREAKING: Fire set to cover up murder

    UPDATED: Jose Montoya and Gary Esquibel, the two fugitives being sought in connection with the murder and arson that occurred on 12th Street early Saturday morning, were both captured in Albuquerque Sunday afternoon. Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said that LVPD investigative work led to the arrests.

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    The man whose body was discovered inside an apartment that burned early Saturday morning was shot in the head during a fight, and then the shooter and another man torched the apartment to cover up the crime.

  • Mora project in peril

    The director of a state agency given oversight authority on the Mora County Complex says he is “alarmed” by the Mora County Commission’s decision to hire Roger Gonzales as interim county manager, given his history with public funds.

    And Arthur W. Pepin says the Administrative Office of the Courts will continue its involvement with the project only if Gonzales isn’t involved in any way.