Local News

  • Jail Log - April 26, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 15 and April 23:
    Michael Dalton, 45,  failure to appear San Miguel Magistrate bench warrant
    Vincent Quintana, 32, six- day commitment
    Robert Sena, 51, 2/19/1962 failure to appear San Miguel Magistrate bench warrant
    Jonathan Yancy, 24, possession of controlled substance
    David Leyba, 31, probation violation: failure to report
    Michael Robles, 28, probation violation: positive UA (10-day sanction)

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  • BREAKING — Gerald Baca tapped for judge post

    Gov. Susana Martinez announced this morning that she has appointed longtime Las Vegas attorney Gerald Baca to the 4th Judicial District Court bench.

    Baca replaces Judge Eugenio Mathis, who resigned in late February after being accused of misconduct.

    Pick up a copy of Friday's Optic for more on this story.

  • After 16 years, judge retires

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Longtime San Miguel County Magistrate Judge, Philip Romero, 60, says he’s retiring at the end of the month after serving on the bench for more than 16 years.

    “I’m tired,” Romero says. “And then there’s my wife. She’s been after me for years to give it up. She doesn’t want me running again.”

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  • Recall effort inching forward

    The city clerk approved on Tuesday the recall petition for Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz, Jr., meaning that those spearheading the effort now have 60 days to gather enough signatures to force the recall election.

    Under the city charter, the petition needs to be signed by a number equal to at least 25 percent of those who voted in the last regular city election in order for the recall to move forward. The last regular city election, which occurred in March 2012, drew 3,748 votes, setting the signatures needed at about 937.

  • Ribbon cutting planned for SUB

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University will hold a public ribbon cutting for its new state-of-the-art Student Union Building at 2 p.m on Friday.

    The 67,000-square-foot building is at the northwest corner of National Avenue and Eighth Street, adjacent to the university’s Donnelly Library.

  • City police officer averts train crash

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A suspected heroin addict’s car was found abandoned on the railroad tracks at Railroad Avenue and Pecos Street on Sunday afternoon, and when a city police officer saw an oncoming Amtrak train barreling toward it, he jumped in and drove it off the tracks.

  • In Brief - News - April 24, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Fireworks ban law rejected

    Some local officials in New Mexico are fretting over their inability to ban all fireworks as the fire season approaches.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that a proposal to expand the authority of the state, cities and counties to ban all fireworks was derailed during the last legislative session.
    A 1999 law limited what cities and counties can do in regulating fireworks.

  • Boston bomb suspect read jihadist sites

    By Denise Lavoie and Eileen Sullivan
    The Associated Press

    BOSTON —  Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an ardent reader of jihadist websites and extremist propaganda, U.S. officials said Tuesday, adding another piece to the body of evidence they say suggests the two brothers were motivated by an anti-American, radical version of Islam.