Local News

  • Jail Log - March 5, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 26 and May 3:
    Leroy Valdez, 32, bench warrant: DWI, no driver’s license, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Andre Trujillo, 24, possession of burglary tools, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Amber Romero, 32, conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, San Miguel County Magistrate Court, Sandoval County

  • Weather - May 5, 2017


    HIGH 82° / LOW 45°
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Friday night —
    mostly clear, with a low around 45.
    6:05 a.m. to 7:51 p.m.


    HIGH 83° / LOW 46°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:04 a.m. to 7:52 p.m.

  • Highlands tuition up 7. 5 percent

    Students attending New Mexico Highlands this coming school year will have to pay 7.5 percent more in tuition.

    The school’s board of regents debated the issue at length on Friday before voting 4-1 in favor of the increase, which administrators say is necessary to offset a drop in state funding.

    Regents also okayed a 3 percent increase in the student meal plan and a 3 percent hike in housing rates.

    LouElla Marr-Montoya voted against both the tuition increase and the meal plan increase.

  • Griego to face trial for murder

    Richard Griego, who’s accused of killing a man and then dumping his body into the Pecos River, will stand trial on an open count of murder.

    San Miguel County Magistrate Judge Christian Montaño found probable cause to try Griego and bound him over to district court for trial in the March 28 slaying of Jimmy Griego.

    The defendant and the victim are cousins, sources said.

  • Looking at Carnegie - Library has origins in philanthropy

    By Cindy Collins
    Special to the Optic

    Las Vegas’ Carnegie Library is 113 years old and is one of the 2,500 Carnegie Libraries gifted from Andrew Carnegie to towns in America, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Canada and the West Indies.  

    Close to 800 of Carnegie’s library buildings are still in use as public libraries, according to Carnegie Libraries Across America, while another 350 have been given new purposes as office buildings and cultural centers. More than 275 have been razed or destroyed.   

  • Federal shutdown averted with bill

    By Andrew Taylor
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Erasing the threat of a disruptive government shutdown, the White House and top lawmakers endorsed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Monday to carry the nation through September, an agreement underscoring that Democrats retain considerable clout in Donald Trump’s turbulent presidency.

  • Weather - May 3, 2017


    HIGH 66° / LOW 34°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
    Wednesday Night
    Mostly clear, with a low around 34. East wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west after midnight.
    6:07 a.m. to 7:49 p.m.


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  • School shuffle - Plans take shape as LVCS district reorganizes

    Las Vegas City Schools will have plenty of changes next school year, including the moving of elementary students into two elementary school sites and combining the middle and high school as part of the district’s right-sizing initiative.

    In addition, students at Robertson High School, which will house seventh through 12th grades, will now have a bit more time to get to school in the morning as the school day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m.