Local News

  • Guadalupita woman wins $200,000

    Submitted to the Optic

    A bad wind blew good fortune to a Guadalupita woman.

    Rebecca Leyba won $200,000 playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Diamond Avalanche” Scratcher game.  

    She ended up with the winning ticket after she and her husband drove 50 miles to Las Vegas to replace windows broken in a windstorm. On their way home Monday, they stopped for gas and snacks.      

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 18, 2011

    Optic Staff and Wire

    West teacher on paid leave

    A West Las Vegas Middle School teacher has been put on administrative leave with pay, but the district isn’t saying why.
    Superintendent Ruben Cordova said the teacher was placed on administrative leave on Monday.
    Cordova said he couldn’t discuss specifics because it’s a personnel issue and is currently under investigation.

    Sipapu opens this weekend

  • Jail Log - Nov. 18, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Nov. 8 and Nov. 14:
    Martin Sanchez, 47, aggravated battery
    Keith Villanueva, 21, bench warrant
    Jessica Montoya, 28, failure to pay fines for battery on a household member and probation violation charges
    Darla Stone, 30, positive UA
    Adam Dimas, 38, positive UA
    Robert Nieto, 52, failure to appear on suspended/revoked driver’s license
    Eric Larson, 19, false imprisonment, interference with communication

  • Urgent care center opening in Las Vegas

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Urgent Care is scheduled to open its doors to the community next week.

    This independent clinical care facility is located adjacent to Walgreens at 600-B Mills Ave. It will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    The state of the art facility is owned and operated by Dr. Philip Briggs and Dr. Richard Lieberman who opened Santa Fe Urgent Care, Los Alamos Urgent Care,Valley First Care in Española, Taos Urgent Care and New Mexico Medworks.

  • Technology tested at White Sands

    The Associated Press
    LAS CRUCES — Some 3,800 Fort Bliss troops have descended upon White Sands Missile Range with orders to carry out a massive test of cutting-edge technology that could soon find its way into the hands of American soldiers on the battlefield. The devices include smartphones to monitor soldiers' positions, map out areas or locations of the enemy and send real-time reports to higher-ups.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 18, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, Nov. 15 — At the annual meeting of the Commercial club of Las Vegas held last night in the spacious club rooms in the Masonic Temple, W.J. Lucas was re-elected to the office of president for the fourth consecutive term, and W.E. Gortner was chosen to succeed M.W. Browne in the office of vice president. Following this occurred the election of ten directors. John D. Hess, secretary of the club, in his report of the condition of the organization stated that the debt on the club is gradually being reduced...

  • Weather - Nov. 18, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 33. West wind around 15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a west wind  20-30 mph and gusts as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 33.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 18, 2011

    The San Miguel County Commission has designating today, Nov. 18, as Wear Your Pearls Day in an effort to bring attention to November being lung cancer awareness month. The county is holding a walk in support of New Mexicans with lung cancer, beginning at 3 p.m. today at the new county bike path on Cinder Road.

  • Fundraising being investigated

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A federal grand jury is investigating whether former Gov. Bill Richardson violated campaign finance laws during his unsuccessful bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination by raising money to settle a threatened lawsuit by a woman who worked in state government, the Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday.

    The Journal attributed its report to unnamed lawyers who said the grand jury has been hearing testimony in Albuquerque since at least September.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 18, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    State OKs bond sales for projects
    SANTA FE — The state Board of Finance says it is netting a nearly historic low rate on bonds to finance almost $51 million in capital improvements across New Mexico.

    The board on Tuesday accepted bids from JP Morgan Securities that provide for a “true interest cost” of 1.68 percent on state bonds backed by severance tax revenues.