Local News

  • In Brief - News - July 2, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Western to be filmed in N.M.
    SANTA FE  — A series of feature-length Westerns backed by the Coen Brothers and Annapurna Pictures will begin filming in northern New Mexico in July.

    The New Mexico Film Office says work on “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” will run through September. More than 180 crew members, 16 actors and hundreds of background talent will be hired for the project.

    Exact filming locations were not immediately disclosed.

  • Trump travel ban now includes fiancés

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has apparently altered its definition of a “bona fide” relationship, adding fiancés of people in the U.S. to its list of people who are exempt from its travel ban from six mainly Muslim nations.

  • Jail Log - July 2, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 23 and June 29:

  • Monuments a point of contention in D.C.

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Desert ranchers in New Mexico are hoping the new GOP administration in Washington will dramatically shrink a recently designated national monument in the south of the state where outlaw Billy the Kid and Apache leader Geronimo once sought refuge.

    The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is among 27 monuments where a review ordered by President Donald Trump might remove protections previously considered irreversible.

  • Weather - July 2, 2017


    HIGH 86°/ LOW 55°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
    5:49 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


    HIGH 89° / LOW 54°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Monday night ­— partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
    5:50 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


  • City schedule for this week

    Submitted to the Optic

    Below is the City of Las Vegas Solid Waste pick up schedule  for the Fourth of July holiday:

    • Monday, July 3 — Regular and commercial routes will be on regular pick-up. Transfer station will be open, but city hall will be closed. The Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be open for regular hours.

    • Tuesday, July 4 ­ — Residential route will not be picked up. Commercial routes will be picked up. Transfer station will be closed. The Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m..

  • School employee allegedly falsified grades

    By Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    At least one Mora High School 2016-17 boys’ basketball player allegedly had his grades doctored by a school district employee so he could continue to play this past season despite failing grades, according to a report.

    The Mora boys’ varsity team allegedly had at least one player on its roster this past season, who was not eligible to participate due to grades — an apparent violation of New Mexico Activities Association rules.

  • 2017 Fiestas de Las Vegas - Fiestas to run today through July 4

    Get ready, Las Vegas. The time is now for the annual Fourth of July Fiestas. This year’s event will feature several big name bands including Little Joe y La Familia and Las Vegas’ own Gonzalo and Brenda Ortega. More than 30 bands are scheduled to perform for this year’s event, which starts this evening at 5:30 with the Reina Mariachi Mass and Procession at Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

  • Police apprehend theft suspect

    A quick-thinking Las Vegas Police Department officer has helped recover a stolen truck. The man who allegedly was driving that truck is facing four felony charges and one misdemeanor.

    Tyler Flores, 37, of Ribera, has been charged with receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, a second-degree felony, aggravated fleeing of an officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, all fourth degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

  • In Brief - News - June 30, 2017

    The Associated Press
    S.F. County raises tax
    SANTA FE, N.M.  — Santa Fe county commissioners voted to increase the gross receipt tax by one-eighth of a cent, taking the tax rate in Santa Fe city limits to 8.4375 percent and the rate in unincorporated parts of the county to 7.125 percent next year, to fund essential services such as public safety and mental health.

    The move is expected to generate an additional $4.6 million a year for the county. The tax increase will take effect Jan. 1.