Local News

  • Local man charged with sixth DUI

    State police arrested a 51-year-old Las Vegas man late Friday for driving under the influence, sixth offense.

    David J. Romero, who lives on the 300 block of Commerce, is also charged with driving with a revoked license and with failing to stop at a stop sign. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center where he was being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 1, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Authorities seek TB patient  

    CLOVIS — Eastern New Mexico authorities are searching for a man with contagious tuberculosis. The Department of Public Safety issued a news release Monday asking the public for help in finding 45-year-old Robert J. Gutierrez. He was last seen in Clovis on Friday.

    Gutierrez has been diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with lung disease. Gutierrez should be presumed to be infectious and should be placed in airborne isolation.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 1, 2012

    In 1935

    Saturday, Feb. 2 — Faculty members of Normal University were delightfully entertained Friday afternoon at tea at the home of Dr. and Mrs. H.C. Gossard. Special music was provided for the guests during the afternoon. This lovely social function was one of a series given every first Friday afternoon in the month by Dr. and Mrs. Gossard for the School faculty.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 2, 2012

    MESA competition is Friday

    New Mexico MESA’s 2012 regional design challenge will take place starting at 7:30 a.m. this Friday at Wilson Complex on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. High school and middle school students will participate in the event, which is open to the public. To volunteer to be a judge or for information, call 426-2021.

  • Weather - Feb. 2, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 26. West wind around 10 mph.

    A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 15-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.


  • Lithia opens dealership in L.V.

    The general manager of the Lithia car dealership that opened in Las Vegas earlier this month on Seventh Street says the company is hoping to return new car sales to Las Vegas in the near future.

    “Our great desire would be probably sometime around a year from now that we’re able to bring a new car franchise back into Las Vegas,” said Dave Dunn.

    Las Vegas hasn’t had a new car franchise since Scheid’s Enchantment closed its doors last January after filing for bankruptcy.

  • Man reports being shot Friday

    A man standing outside was shot in the arm Friday, prompting the Las Vegas police Department to close down a section of Eight Street north of Mills Avenue where it occurred, authorities said.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said Michael Sedillo was outside when he felt a burning sensation in one of his arms. He didn’t hear or see anything, Montaño said.

    Sedillo suffered an entry and an exit wound in his arm, Montaño said. Las Vegas police were sent to the scene. The shooting is still under investigation.

  • Promoting Literacy

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Chuck Franco, New Mexico’s “First Gentleman,” made the rounds at this year’s Literacy Fair, meeting the folks and noting the variety of organizations supportive of literacy development in Las Vegas.

    “I am impressed at what I see here today…so many programs in a city this size…,” Franco told the group. “Everyone seems to be enthusiastic about literacy.”

  • Las Vegas entities hope for funding

    SANTA FE — Local entities entertained state lawmakers and others with music and dancing Thursday night during Las Vegas Night at the Legislature held at the Eldorado Hotel.

    Las Vegas City Schools had its Mariachi Cardenal perform at the annual event and even sent its Cardinal mascot.
    Entities like the city, the San Miguel County DWI program, New Mexico

    Highlands, Luna Community College, West Las Vegas School District and the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce set up booths to highlight their accomplishments and future endeavors.

  • Audit finds more problems at PRC

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    State Auditor Hector Balderas and Public Regulation Commission Chairman Pat Lyons traded calls for each other’s resignation Thursday after Balderas released an audit that backs up recent allegations of widespread misconduct at the troubled commission, including email exchanges that appear to be about illegal drug use.