Local News

  • Fall arrives late in parts of Southwest

    By Susan
    Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Forests throughout the Southwest are growing quiet as the season for bugling elk comes to an end. The aspens in the high country and cottonwoods in the valleys are dropping their golden leaves, and snow has dusted mountain tops in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

    There’s no denying it’s fall.

    But for land managers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts, it was a long time coming in some areas. They had to wait a few extra weeks for summer to loosen its grip.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 14, 2011

    Free concert at Ilfeld Tuesday The United States Air Force Academy Band will present a free public concert by the Academy Winds at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at Ilfeld Auditorium on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

  • Weather - Nov. 14, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.  

    Sunny, with a high near 47. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunny, with a high near 59. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 14, 2011

    City of Las Vegas utility customers can once again pay their bills at City Hall. The payment center at City Hall, 1700 North Grand, has re-opened and will be accepting payments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, though it will be closed during the lunch hour. The payment center is for payments only. Payments can still be made. at the Utility Department on 12th Street from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including through the lunch hour.

  • County revamps districts

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a redistricting plan that radically changes the boundaries of commission districts.

    In the end, commissioners voted to adopt Plan A, which splits the Valley between two districts and dramatically expands District 4, currently represented by Commission chairman David Salazar.

  • 5 years later and still hurting

    Editor’s note: Coming Monday, Arissa Collins discusses what her life has been like since her family was killed.

    The hurt of losing five family members half a decade ago still lingers, but life has gone on for Arissa Collins and for other members of the Collins and the Gonzales families.

    Collins recently became a mom. Ray and Cathy Collins have welcomed several new grandsons. Ralph and Maxine Gonzales have since closed their family business.

    They have all survived, sometimes moment by moment, sometimes day by day.

  • Two jailed for attack

    State police arrested two men after they attacked another man with a posthole digger at a car wash last Friday, according to court documents.

    Cruz Gallegos, 19, who lives on Highway 65 in Montezuma, and Marcos Ruiz, 32, who lives on the 200 block of San Miguel in Las Vegas, were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center.

    Gallegos is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, burglary of a vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and battery, a petty misdemeanor.

  • Local Briefs - Nov. 11, 2011

    Optic Staff
    Local EMT caught in Albuquerque sex sting
    A man who worked for Superior Ambulance in Las Vegas for six months was fired after police busted him in an online sex sting, KOAT-TV is reporting.

    Citing the Albuquerque Police Department, the station is reporting that Christopher White was planning to pay teens for sex until he fell for an officer’s trap.

  • Free admission at some sites for Veterans Day

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Veterans Day means free admission at a number of recreation areas around New Mexico this weekend.

    That National Parks Service and the Bureau of Land Management are offering fee-free days Nov. 11 to 13.

    That means places like Carlsbad Caverns and many of the state's national forest recreation areas will be free all weekend.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 11, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7:
    Nicole Gallegos-Aragon, 28, failure to appear for forgery/ fraud charges
    Horacio Padilla, 26, mental health hold
    Angel Gonzales, 25, driving under the influence
    Crystal Gonzales, 28, bench warrant
    Leroy Crespin, 44, disorderly conduct, public nuisance
    Clarence Gutierrez , 50, assault, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer
    Petrolino Urioste, 45, driving under the influence