Local News

  • 5 years later and still hurting

    Editor’s note: Coming Monday, Arissa Collins discusses what her life has been like since her family was killed.

    The hurt of losing five family members half a decade ago still lingers, but life has gone on for Arissa Collins and for other members of the Collins and the Gonzales families.

    Collins recently became a mom. Ray and Cathy Collins have welcomed several new grandsons. Ralph and Maxine Gonzales have since closed their family business.

    They have all survived, sometimes moment by moment, sometimes day by day.

  • Two jailed for attack

    State police arrested two men after they attacked another man with a posthole digger at a car wash last Friday, according to court documents.

    Cruz Gallegos, 19, who lives on Highway 65 in Montezuma, and Marcos Ruiz, 32, who lives on the 200 block of San Miguel in Las Vegas, were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center.

    Gallegos is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, burglary of a vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and battery, a petty misdemeanor.

  • Local Briefs - Nov. 11, 2011

    Optic Staff
    Local EMT caught in Albuquerque sex sting
    A man who worked for Superior Ambulance in Las Vegas for six months was fired after police busted him in an online sex sting, KOAT-TV is reporting.

    Citing the Albuquerque Police Department, the station is reporting that Christopher White was planning to pay teens for sex until he fell for an officer’s trap.

  • Free admission at some sites for Veterans Day

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Veterans Day means free admission at a number of recreation areas around New Mexico this weekend.

    That National Parks Service and the Bureau of Land Management are offering fee-free days Nov. 11 to 13.

    That means places like Carlsbad Caverns and many of the state's national forest recreation areas will be free all weekend.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 11, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7:
    Nicole Gallegos-Aragon, 28, failure to appear for forgery/ fraud charges
    Horacio Padilla, 26, mental health hold
    Angel Gonzales, 25, driving under the influence
    Crystal Gonzales, 28, bench warrant
    Leroy Crespin, 44, disorderly conduct, public nuisance
    Clarence Gutierrez , 50, assault, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer
    Petrolino Urioste, 45, driving under the influence

  • Looking Back - Nov. 11, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, Nov. 8 — The Republican party in New Mexico has carried the governor and every member of the state ticket to victory by a majority of 1,000 and upwards. A safe majority of both houses of the legislature will be Republican. The large majority of the county officers and district officers of the state will be Republican. The Fourth Judicial District gives the Republican candidates a majority of close to fourteen hundred and the whole county ticket of this county is elected by majorities ranging from 800 to 1,000.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 11, 2011

    Low-cost vaccination clinic this weekend

    A low-cost vaccination clinic for pets is being held from noon to 3 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at the Building Trades Building at Luna Community College. No appointment is necessary, though dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers.

  • Weather - Nov. 11, 2011

    Partly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-15 mph.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night with a low around 34.

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 54. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 11, 2011

    In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, San Miguel County, city of Las Vegas and most state and federal offices will be closed on Friday, as will the courts, local banks and State Employees Credit Union.

    Highlands, Luna and Las Vegas City Schools will all be open. West Las Vegas Schools’ central office is open.

  • Group criticizes appointee

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointment of Santa Fe energy consultant Douglas Howe to New Mexico’s utility regulator came under fire Tuesday from a liberal group because he once worked on a project for Libya’s government-owned electric company.

    Howe dismissed the criticisms by Progress New Mexico and a spokesman for Martinez called it a “smear attack.”