Local News

  • Virus outbreak affecting livestock

    Las Vegas Optic Staff

    People planning to take part in this weekend’s Mora Fiesta rodeo or who hope to ride a horse in the parade will likely be in for a disappointment if they fail to get a certificate from a veterinarian certifying that their livestock is in good health.

    An outbreak of Vesicular Stomatitis — a virus with symptoms that mimic hoof and mouth disease — has hit New Mexico, prompting the state veterinarian to impose rules in hopes of minimizing the spread of the disease.

  • Fiesta Royalty
  • Jail Log - July 20, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 10 and July 16:

    Christien Lucero, 21, bench warrant: aggravated driving under the influence, failure to appear

    Henry Duran, 25, Adult Probation Office warrant

    Ronnie Barela, 46, bench warrant: court hearing

    Ray Brito, 38, bench warrant: aggravated driving under the influence

    Deoborah Arostigue, 32, assault & battery on a household member

    Jerry Martinez, 42, bench warrant: aggravated battery with a deadly weapon

  • No prison time for repeat offender

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A woman has violated at least 13 probation requirements since 2009 in New Mexico yet has continued receiving suspended sentences and referrals to probation programs.

    That has an Albuquerque probation officer wondering why 25-year-old Landis Litz has slept more than 900 nights at the Metropolitan Detention Center since May 2006 but hasn’t done hard time at any state prisons.

    The Bernalillo County district attorney says it’s not her office’s fault.

  • When life hands you lemons ...
  • Report faults police

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Most law enforcement agencies in New Mexico aren’t in compliance with a state law intended to combat racial profiling, according to a report released Thursday by civil right groups and an immigrant advocacy organization.

    The report said less than a quarter of all agencies surveyed were in compliance with the 2009 law banning biased policing.

  • Leger elected president of MainStreet group

    Submitted to the Optic

    The MainStreet de Las Vegas Board of Directors elected Corine Leger as its president last week. 

    Leger replaces Bill Taylor who served for two-and-a-half years and led the group in successful funding for the Downtown Action Plan, the award of $90,000 in capital outlay money to renovate the breezeway as a community space for artists, musicians, vendors and films and successful implementation of “Facade Squad,” which has painted 11 buildings with help from students and community members.  

  • Local Briefs - July 20, 2012

    Las Vegas Optic Staff

    Vegas man accused of rape

    A 24-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested last week on charges of second-degee rape, kidnapping, assault against a household member and battery against a household member.

    The alleged victim in the case is the suspect’s ex-girlfriend. State police made the arrest on the evening of July 11 after the alleged victim approached an officer and reported that she had been raped.

  • Local woman turns 105

    Submitted to the Optic

    Rosita M. Gallegos, a native of New Mexico, turned 105 years old on June 29.  
    She celebrated the milestone with family and a few close friends on June 23.  Gallegos resides at Vida Encantada Rehab and Nursing Home.

    She has lived in Las Vegas for more than 70 years.  

  • Leahy unseated; Magee charged with murder

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Carl Magee’s troubles in Las Vegas did not end with his trial and conviction in the summer of 1923. Nor did the trial end Judge Leahy’s infamy as Magee’s inquisitor and nemesis.

    The celebrated trial caused political tremors which would define Las Vegas for years to come, and also spawned the rawest of human emotions, resulting in the killing of an innocent man.