Local News

  • Snedeker is no longer warden of Detention Center

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Friday was Patrick Snedeker’s last day as the warden of the San Miguel County Detention Center. County officials haven’t released any information about why his employment has ended. County Manager Vidal Martinez and County Commission Chair Rock Ulibarri both thanked Snedeker for his service of more than a decade to the county, but neither would say why Snedeker’s employment has ended, or whether it was voluntary.

  • Interior secretary makes his first visit to San Miguel county

    From Las Vegas Optic reports

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made his first visit to San Miguel County over the weekend, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

    Zinke was joined by Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich on Saturday as they toured the 16,000-acre Sabinoso Wilderness, located between Las Vegas and Mosquero. The only site in the federal government’s wilderness preservation system that is legally inaccessible to the public, the Sabinoso is surrounded on all sides by private property.

  • World news, Aug. 1, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Venezuelan prisoner: ‘Resist’

    CARACAS, Venezuela — Supporters of Leopoldo Lopez have a released a video he taped a week before state security agents whisked him back to a military prison. It shows the opposition leader calling on Venezuelans to be firm in resisting President Nicolas Maduro. He also announces that his wife is pregnant.

  • Roybal inducted into New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor

    The name Cindy Roybal is a household name when it comes to girls’ basketball. The longtime head girls basketball coach has led her teams to numerous state championships spanning her 40-year coaching career at both high school and college level. Roybal, a Pecos native, was inducted into the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor held at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque.

    “It is surreal, it is unbelievable,” Roybal said during an interview following the ceremony. “I thought they were going to wait until I passed away.”

  • West leader reacts to PARCC scores

    Union Street Elementary is once again on the top of the list when it comes to test scores. The school, which houses students from second through fifth grade, excelled in this past year’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC standardized test.

  • Monsoons have arrived
  • Perkins field won’t be ready for opener

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Make no mistake — New Mexico Highlands University personnel, students and alumni are excited about the new athletic facilities made possible by a large donation.

    However, some complications with the Perkins Stadium turf replacement and recent rains have slowed the project to a projected stadium-readiness date of Sept. 8,, and the NMHU football team will need to play its home opener elsewhere.

  • Gallinas River project is focus of Watershed picnic

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Should San Miguel County experience another rainfall similar to September 2013, which left behind millions of dollars in damages, the flooding likely will not be as severe, thanks to improvements made to the Gallinas Watershed.

    To celebrate the completion of a five-year, $325,000 project, the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance is hosting a “Picnic on the Gallinas” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, on property adjacent to the La Placita Fire Station in Gallinas Village.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 30, 2017

    The Associated Press
    N.M. has four new oil, gas rigs
    HOUSTON  — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by eight this week to 958.

    A year ago, just 463 rigs were active.

    Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 766 rigs sought oil and 192 explored for natural gas this week.

    Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained four rigs, Oklahoma increased by three and Louisiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Wyoming each gained one.

  • Early candidate to Vegas