Local News

  • Man gets 10 years for drug trafficking

    A man who sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, District Attorney Richard Flores announced Thursday.

    Manuel “Melo” Aragon pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine and was sentenced by Judge Abigail Aragon. Both the plea and the sentencing took place on Aug. 22, Flores said.

  • Report calls for PRC reorganization

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico should reorganize the Public Regulation Commission and impose minimum qualifications on its members, according to a report released after a second elected regulator was forced from office.

    Jerome Block Jr.’s departure from the commission was the latest scandal to tarnish the regulatory agency, and the report by an independent think tank says it’s time to clean up the mess.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 3, 2011

    In 1911

    Monday, October 2 — Keeping the faith of the forefathers of old, the members of the Jewish religion in Las Vegas today solemnly observed the day of atonement, or Yom Kippur. All stores and business houses in Las Vegas conducted by members of the Jewish faith were closed all day until sun down. The holy day began Sunday at sun down and special services were held in Temple Montefiore last evening and all day today. 

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 3, 2011

    Homecoming Week at Highlands University

    This week’s homecoming festivities for Highlands University begin with the painting of the “H” at 11 a.m. today (the public is invited) and concludes with the homecoming game against Adams State at 6 p.m. Saturday in Perkins Stadium. For more information about this week’s homecoming schedule, pick up a copy of “Homecoming 201l,” inserted into Friday’s Optic, or visit www.nmhu.edu.

  • Weather - Oct. 3, 2011

    Sun and clouds mixed with a slight chance of thunderstorms during the afternoon. High of 73 degrees. Southwest wind at 10-20 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Low of 45 degrees at night.

    Isolated thunderstorms possible with a high around 71 degrees. South wind at 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Low around 44 degrees.


  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas’ neighbor to the east, Tucumcari, now needs a new city manager. City commissioners fired city manager Bobbye Rose on Thursday by a 3-2 vote, city officials told the Clovis News Journal. Mayor Jim Witcher did not give a reason for the dismissal, but said it had “absolutely nothing” to do with Rose applying for Lincoln County manager.

  • Planning meeting next week for recycling program

    Submitted to the Optic

    San Miguel County has received $103,650 in funding by a Department of Energy grant received by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (“stimulus funds”) being spent to support recycling through the hub and spoke model – a solid waste management system with a centralized processing facility (hub) providing services to smaller surrounding communities (spokes).

  • Local tot in ‘cutest’ contest

    Peyton Richardson has always been a fighter, so it likely comes as no surprise to anyone who knows her that the spirited 2-year-old has muscled her way to the front of the pack in a national cutest babies contest being sponsored by NBC’s Today With Kathie Lee and Hoda.

    Peyton, of Las Vegas, beat out about 40,000 other babies to claim one of the top 10 semifinalist spots in the contest. Semifinalists were announced during Wednesday’s show.

  • Senior Profile - Antoinette Fox

    Antoinette Fox calls herself a “private person” but nonetheless has done her part to impact the public sector to make positive differences.

    I like being involved with the community, learning from and being educated by its members. I am a ‘lucky one’ — very shy, self-employed — and I choose my political battles carefully because it’s both an advantage and a disadvantage to be an outsider.”

  • Police nab 23-year-old escapee

    A 23-year-old Las Vegas woman who escaped from police custody a month ago after being arrested on burglary and other charges was apprehended this past weekend.

    Kristin Hoogerhuis, of the 700 block of Taos Street, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center this past Saturday, Sept. 24, and is being held in lieu of a $40,000 cash only bond.

    Hoogerhuis is charged with auto burglary, conspiracy and escape from custody of a peace officer, all fourth-degree felonies, and with a petty misdemeanor count of larceny.