Local News

  • Jail Log - Nov. 18, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 9 and Nov. 14:
    Hannah Montoya, 19, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Jeffrey Clark, 27, possession with intent to distribute LSD, speeding, reckless driving, driving on a  suspended or revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Frank Martinez, 53, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Andrew Romero, 34, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, Mora/San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Looking Back - Nov. 18, 2016

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1966 — Down from the mountains Monday afternoon came the 44-foot tree cut and delivered by members of the Las Vegas Jaycees. The Jaycees have challenged other service clubs to assist in lighting and paying costs of installing the Christmas decorations.

  • Weather - Nov. 18, 2016


    HIGH 47° / LOW 21°
    Sunny, with a high near 47. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:40 a.m. to 4:52 p.m.


    HIGH 55° / LOW 31°
    Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    6:41 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.


  • Police probing suicide at jail

    A man being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center was found dead in his cell late Monday night, the apparent victim of a suicide.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño identified the deceased inmate as Bryan Martinez, 29. Online court records indicate that Martinez was being held on a charge of abuse of a child.

    “There’s no indication this was anything other than a suicide,” Montaño said. He said the death remains under investigation.

    Montaño said the inmate hanged himself.

  • 3 West board members to seek re-election

    Three seats on the West Las Vegas School Board will be up for grabs in February. Voters in the West district will also be asked to approve a $9.5 million general obligation bond during the Feb. 7 election.

    Current board secretary Christine Ludi will seek her fourth term on the board, while chairman David Romero also plans to run again. Both positions are for four-year terms, starting on March 1.

  • Overhaul provides two new options

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico driver’s licenses are getting an overhaul to comply with tougher federal identification requirements and so the state can continue granting driving privileges to people who are in the country illegally.

    The state’s Motor Vehicle Division on Monday began issuing two kinds of identification for drivers and other residents.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 16, 2016

    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1966 —  The Duncan Opera House property today is the prospective site for a new business and banking building for Las Vegas. The city council accepted the bid of $18,550 submitted by Ivan Hilton of First National Bank for the property. Hilton offered the city two proposals: a new business with a mezzanine bank and possible other commercial rooms on additional floors; or a motor bank.

  • Weather - Nov. 16, 2016


    HIGH 69° / LOW 40°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    6:38 a.m. to 4:53 p.m.


    HIGH 56° / LOW 24°
    Sunny, with a high near 56. Windy, with a southwest wind 20 to 30 mph increasing to 30 to 40 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph.
    6:39 a.m. to 4:52 p.m.


  • Senior Lunch Menu — Nov. 16, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Green chile pork stew, tossed salad, tortilla and peach cobbler

    Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie with topping

    Tuna salad sandwich, broccoli, chips and mixed fruit

  • No charges in singer’s death

    The state Office of the Medical Investigator has ruled the death of award-winning musician Preston Garza a homicide.

    “This 44-year-old man, Preston Garza, died of chokehold strangulation,” OMI states in an autopsy report recently released to the Optic.

    But District Attorney Richard Flores said Friday that he has decided not to file charges in the case, saying that based on what he has reviewed, Garza’s son Austin did not intend to harm his father. Flores said Austin Garza has a viable case for self-defense.