Local News

  • Vegas undercover: The chase

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about Las Vegas’ drug problem. The initial stories will focus on how undercover agents infiltrated what they’re calling a heroin and crack cocaine distribution network operating in San Miguel County.

    It was 5:22 p.m. on June 5 when Jose Albert Herrera Jr. placed a call on his cellphone and told the man on the other end that he wanted to buy a kilogram of cocaine for $28,000.

  • Senior Profile - Julia Martinez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Still spry and mentally active, 92-year old Julia Martinez gives the impression that she has taken a sip from the fountain of youth.

    Her quick wit and sense of humor are obvious, as reflected in her quick comebacks.

    “The words are there, and they just come out,” she says.

    And her words do flow readily, as she recounts the early days of her youth, details of her marriage and family, and the passing of various phases of her life.

  • Council to mull more rate options

    The City Council this week asked one of its consultants to come up with more alternatives to the water rate hikes that were previously proposed.

    At a special work session on Monday councilors debated various options, from lowering the differential water customers outside the city would pay to dramatically lowering the proposed increases.

  • Area man charged with trafficking

    A 51-year-old San Miguel County man was arrested and charged with trafficking crack cocaine and other crimes last week.

    John Alvey, who resides on the 5100 block of Castle View Drive was arrested after the Region IV Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at his home.

  • Gov in national spotlight

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez used her debut on the national political stage Wednesday night to offer a message of hope and opportunity, describing how she rose from modest roots in a border community to become the nation’s first female Hispanic governor.

    Martinez made a prime-time appearance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., speaking minutes before Paul Ryan accepted the vice presidential nomination.

  • Jail Log - August 31, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 19 and Aug. 27:
    Edward Palmer, 20, aggravated fleeing
    Jessie Romero, 35, District Court warrant
    Lonnie Lucero, 45, assault, burglary, Adult Probation Office warrant
    Isiaha Martinez, 18, probation violation
    Fred Lujan, 40,  failure to report
    Donald Woosley, 52, assault, shoplifting, trespassing
    Phillip Garcia, 22, seven day commitment

  • Looking Back - August 31, 2012

    In 1962

    Friday, Aug. 31 — The first public release of “Las Vegas, New Mexico — The Town That Wouldn’t Gamble,” will be made tomorrow, and Mr. and Mrs. Milton W. Callon will be at the Castañeda Hotel 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a public autographing of the history book. It has been acclaimed by Western writers and reviewers as one of the finest memorabilia to be published in many years in the West.

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 31, 2012

    Mora County festivals on tap for weekend

    Two festive events will take place over the Labor Day weekend in Mora County. The Cleveland Roller  Mill Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the mill, on N.M. 518, two miles north of Mora. Bean Day activities include a parade, a rodeo and a barbecue. The parade is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday; the barbecue begins shortly after the parade.

  • Weather - August 31, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming south 5-10 mph in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 55. South wind 5-10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 56.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 54.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

  • FYI - News - August 31, 2012

    New Mexico State Police will be conducting a DWI checkpoint in Mora County from 5 to 10 p.m. this Sunday. State police will also be conducting DWI Saturation Patrols, random driver’s license and registration checkpoints as well as speed enforcement and occupant restraint enforcement projects throughout the month. State police will also be conducting underage drinking enforcement operations.