Local News

  • Lawsuit challenges seizure policy

    The Associated Press

    A lawsuit says Albuquerque’s vehicle seizure policy is unconstitutional and violates state forfeiture laws.

    The city can seize vehicles from people with suspended or revoked licenses and drunken driving suspects who have a record of the offense, the Albuquerque Journal reported .

    Arlene Harjo is suing to end the practice and get back the vehicle her son was borrowing when he was stopped in April.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 7, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Funeral set for slain officer
    ALAMOGORDO — Funeral services have been set for an Alamogordo police officer who was fatally shot in what authorities have said was an attempt to chase down a felon with three active arrest warrants.
    Services for Officer Clint Corvinus will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tay’s Center on New Mexico State University’s campus in Alamogordo.
    The officer is survived by his 8-year-old daughter, his parents and his girlfriend.

  • Weather - Sept. 7, 2016


    HIGH 80° / LOW 55°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Wednesday night — isolated showers and thunderstorms.
    6:38 a.m. to 7:19 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 7, 2016

    Thursday, Sept. 1, 1966 — At least 29 community leaders are failing to be as courteous as they should to answering invitations by the Albuquerque Radrunners to attend a Roadrunner-sponsored luncheon in Las Vegas Sept. 9. The Roadrunners, a special Chamber of Commerce team, invited 32 Las Vegans to the program. Twenty-nine had not answered by Tuesday. The Duke City folks deserve at least a yeah or nay on the invitations. They are being pretty generous in inviting Las Vegans to a dinner in their own community.

  • Ministry to host retreat for grieving families

    By Yoly Zentella
    For the Optic

    The Immaculate Conception Bereavement Ministry provides resources and support for the Las Vegas community and surrounding areas at times of loss and grief.  On Saturday, the ministry will host a free retreat to help people dealing with grief.

    The retreat will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Father George Salazar Center in Vegas. A variety of presenters will participate in program. Lunch will also be provided.

  • Nightmare for some Vegas homeowners

    Reynaldo Maestas didn’t realize there was a problem with the title to his home until a neighbor casually mentioned it to him in February of 2015.

    “My neighbor who was the caretaker for my place, he alerted me to it,” Maestas said Friday. “He said, ‘Hey, do you know we don’t have clear title to our houses?”

    “I said, ‘No. It can’t be. I have a title policy. I’ve been paying on the house,” Maestas recalled.

    That’s when Maestas’ nightmare began.

  • Under Siege - Police: Bomb threats imperiling public safety

    Las Vegas police descended on Alta Vista Regional Hospital on Tuesday, blocked off Legion Drive, placed two nearby elementary schools on lock-down and proceeded to search the hospital after an unidentified man called and reported that there was a bomb inside the building.

    No bomb was found, and hospital workers were advised to go about their business as police promptly reopened the road. Las Vegas firefighters have also been responding.

  • Another Perspective: Alta Vista responds to threats

    By Chris Wolf

    In recent months seven bomb threats and two active shooter threats were called in to our hospital anonymously by an individual or individuals using software to block their telephone number.

    A story in today’s paper provides additional details shared by law enforcement about the response to these situations and efforts to identify the person or persons responsible. In addition, I want to share with you the impact this is having on Alta Vista Regional Hospital and the efforts we are taking to protect the safety of our staff and patients.

  • FBI publishes notes on Clinton’s emails

    By Michael Biesecker and Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton relied on the judgments of her staff and others not to illegally send emails containing classified information to her private email server, and told FBI investigators she was unclear about a classification marking on official government documents.

  • Family of missing man devastated

    Jose “Whisper” Lucero has been missing since early July and authorities are now asking for the public’s help in locating the 21-year-old.

    Lucero was last seen in the Bernal area wearing blue jeans and a gray tank top. The five-foot-seven-inch Lucero has hazel eyes and weighs 145 pounds. He has a tattoo on the left side of his neck, which reads “Whisper.”

    The Las Vegas Police Department announced last week that Crimestoppers is offering a reward for any information on Lucero’s whereabouts.