Local News

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 9, 2012

    Fort Union tours this Saturday

    Fort Union National Monument annual First Fort Tours will be this Saturday. The public may visit the site of the original fort and see the ruins of the third fort arsenal. Tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025 or visit www.nps.gov/foun.

  • Weather - July 9, 2012

    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 56. North wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.


  • AG criticizes GOP records request

    The Associated Press

    A request made by the New Mexico Republican Party under the state Inspection of Public Records Act drew fire Friday from Democratic Attorney General Gary King.

    The party sent the request to King’s office two weeks ago seeking any emails and attachments concerning public business that were sent by King from his personal email addresses.

  • County to get $730,161

    San Miguel County stands to receive $730,161 from the federal government while Mora County is in line to receive $166,741 for the current fiscal year through a program aimed at compensating counties for federal lands that can’t be taxed by local governments.

    Sen Jeff Bingaman announced the funding in a news release last month. All together, New Mexico counties will get $34.8 million.

    The so-called payment in lieu of taxes funding is administered through the Department of the Interior.

  • Man hurt in pit bull attack

    A 64-year-old disabled veteran suffered inch-deep cuts to his right arm and puncture wounds to his upper left arm during a pit bull attack this past Sunday evening.

    Charles Mitchell said he was walking his chihuahua on Sapello Street between New Mexico Avenue and Union Street when he heard dogs.

    “I looked down the street,” Mitchell said. “This pit bull came from my right. I didn’t see him until it was too late for me to do anything  but sort of duck.”

  • Fiesta performer has unique story

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    One of the best things about Fiestas is the three days’ worth of local and regional Spanish music on the Plaza. But none of the musicians performing at this year’s festivities stand out quite like Shawn Kiehne, better known to his fans as El Gringo.

  • Independence Day
  • Missing girl’s mom fears worst

    The last time Josephine Garcia spoke to her daughter was last Friday night.
    Cindy L. Rivera, 19, called her to tell her that Rivera’s ex-husband had shown up, and he was drunk, Garcia said. Garcia told her daughter to chase him away and to go inside.

  • Bingaman tours area projects

    Retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman spent Monday touring area projects he helped secure funding for, including Las Vegas’ Old Wood, LLC company located in the Dee Bibb Industrial Park.

    The local company received a $360,000 Forest Service’s Collaborative Forest Restoration Program CFRP grant in September 2011, according to Bingaman’s office. Bingaman’s office said this is the first opportunity the senator has had to tour the facility since the grant was awarded.

  • Local Briefs - July 6, 2012

    Optic Staff

    Tree cutting upsets some

    The decision by San Miguel County to cut down two plum trees on the south entrance of the courthouse has upset several people.

    The trees, which San Miguel County Manager Les Montoya said were about 10 feet tall, were cut down on June 25 and June 26.