Local News

  • Holman resident jailed for 8th DWI

    A 58-year-old Holman man remained jailed in the San Miguel County Detention Center this week after being arrested late last month on his eighth drunken driving charge.

    State police arrested Manuel A. Olivas, who lives off NM 518, on Nov. 28. The criminal complaint filed in the case accuses him of aggravated driving under the influence, eighth offense; driving while his license is revoked; having an open container in his vehicle; not wearing a seatbelt; having no registration and not having insurance.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 9, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Dec. 8 — Only 13 more shopping days remain before Christmas and already all of the stores have taken on a busy appearance. The merchants of Las Vegas have put in an especially attractive line of goods this year and the stores are decked out in holiday attire ready for the Christmas rush. Beginning with Monday night the stores on both sides of the river will remain open until 10 o’clock each evening. Extra help in all of the departments has been placed on the staff of the leading merchants.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 9, 2011

    Candle light vigil for homicide victims  

    The Survivors of Victims of Homicide group will be holding its candle light vigil today, Dec. 9. Participants will gather in front of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice building, 719 Sixth Street at 4:30 p.m., and the walk to Plaza Park will start at 5 p.m. For more information, call 429-1608.

  • Weather - Dec. 9, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind around 5 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 16. South wind around 5 mph, becoming calm.

    Sunny, with a high near 42. West wind around 5 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 17.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

  • In Brief - Local News - Dec. 9, 2011

    Optic staff and The Associated Press

    PNM will delay closing
    of payment centers

    The state’s largest electricity provider is holding off a plan to close walk-in payment centers while state regulators examine it.

    The move comes after the Public Regulation Commission heard testimony Wednesday from PNM and customers at a meeting in Albuquerque.

    PNM announced recently that it was planning to close payments centers just before Christmas but now says it will wait until March 31.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 9, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Nov. 29 and Dec. 5:

  • State sending artifact back to Peru

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — An ancient Peruvian artifact in the form of a monkey’s head given to the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe in 1995 is heading back home.

    The small gold pendant measuring 1-3/4 inches high by 2-1/4 inches wide was to be “repatriated” Thursday during a ceremony at Peru’s embassy in Washington.

    The small bead has been the subject of controversy amid allegations that it was looted from an archaeological site in Peru.

  • Police ask for help with investigation

    New Mexico State Police say a body discovered in Mora County on Nov. 2 is that of a 47-year-old  man reported missing from Colorado in 2010.

    The state Office of the Medical Investigator has identified the body as Paul E. Vigil, who was reported missing from Denver in October 2010.

  • Report: Concerns raised earlier

    Two city of Las Vegas employees raised red flags about the ill-fated sewer and effluent line project prior to the May 18 trench collapse that killed two city workers, but those concerns were largely ignored, a state Occupational Health and Safety Bureau investigation has found.

  • 100 and counting

    Elizabeth Eubanks hit a huge milestone in her life on Nov. 30 — she turned 100. The intelligent and gentle soul was born in 1911 in Kansas to her late parents Roy and Mable Gardner, participants in the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893.

    “Everyone I met has been nice,” Eubanks said during a recent interview in her Las Vegas home. “I stopped counting my birthdays.”