Local News

  • Two dead in Clovis shooting

    The Associated Press

    CLOVIS — A shooting inside a public library that killed two people and wounded four has deeply shaken an eastern New Mexico community.

    The gunman surrendered after the shooting Monday and was taken into custody without incident after police entered the Clovis-Carver Public Library, authorities and elected officials with the city of Clovis said during a news conference. Warrants for his arrest were being prepared, but it  wasn’t immediately clear what charges he would face.

  • Weather - Aug. 30, 2017


    HIGH 79°/ LOW 51°
    Sunny, with a high near 79. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Wednesday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

    6:32 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


    HIGH 80° / LOW 53°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Thursday night — a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

  • County holding 'community conversation' survey meetings

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    San Miguel County leaders are holding a series of community conversations regarding a complex survey about community needs. A flier about the meetings and the survey can be found here: goo.gl/sf89uc

    • The Pecos area meeting will be held at Pecos Village Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29.

    • The Gallinas area meeting will be held at the La Placita fire station from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7.

  • Wagon Mound’s 107th Bean Day is next weekend

    By Mercy López-Acosta, Las Vegas Optic

    Wagon Mound was known for many years for its agriculture, with beans the stable produce. The area doesn’t generate produce in the same way anymore — but its traditions are still maintained in an annual festival.

  • City, county have new websites

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    When it comes to online presentations, one might think the term “eye candy” might not really apply to local governments.

    However, when those governments are not only trying to draw in tourism and other business, and to make use of the site more attractive and smoother for local residents, a visually appealing website can help on many levels. That was one of the motivations both San Miguel County and the City of Las Vegas had when they chose to upgrade their websites this year.

  • City councilor: Funding nix is revenge for supporting police

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas City councilor and longtime member of an advisory board says she believes plans are in place to cut city funding to a particular entity — and she says the proposed changes are being made due to personality differences.

    Barbara Perea-Casey said this week the San Miguel County Family and Community Health Council, a community-based, volunteer advisory and advocacy organization, has received funding from the city in multiple past budget cycles.

  • Man charged with eighth DWI

    By Mercy López-Acosta, Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas man has picked up his eighth DWI charge.

    On Aug 21, New Mexico State Police officers charged Charles Martinez, of the 700 block of Mora Street, with his eighth DWI charge, driving with a revoked license, no proof of insurance, improper equipment — operating a vehicle without required headlamps, and failure to register the vehicle following a traffic stop on New Mexico Avenue.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 27, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 19 and Aug. 24:

    Henrietta Lovato, 41, battery on a peace officer, shoplifting, failure to pay fines, ($200), San Miguel District Court/San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Robert Vigil, 18, armed robbery, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Jayson Pusateri, 39, probation violation: new charges, McKinley County Adult Probation.

  • NMDOT Back-to-school safety tips

    Submitted to the Optic

    August is designated as Back-to-School Safety Month, and NMDOT District 4 reminds motorists to be extra careful at all times. NMDOT offers these tips for driving in school zones:

    • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours

    • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving. 

  • County fair sale winners announced

    From Las Vegas Optic reports

    Some of Mora and San Miguel’s top young agriculturists were honored during the livestock sale at the recent 44th annual San Miguel Mora County Fair.

    The grand champions were Mychaela Ortiz in poultry, Abigail Atencio in goats, Diego Gonzales in lamb, Rebekah Roybal in swine and Alannah Roybal in steers.

    The reserve champions were Jamie Rivera in lambs, Anabelle Tyler in swine, Isaac Montoya in steers and Jacob Jimenez in goats. Jesus Vigil is listed as second place in goats.