Local News

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 27, 2012

    In 1935

    Monday, Feb. 25 — A pint of nitroglycern was found yesterday by members of the sheriff’s office, which is thought to be some of that which was used to blow the safe in the robbery of the Gross, Kelly company May 14, 1934, Sheriff Francisco P. Delgado said. The nitroglycern was found buried under a tree on a ranch northwest of Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 27, 2012

    Early voting ends Friday

    If you’re hoping to cast your ballot early for the municipal election, you’d better hurry. Early voting, which is being held at City Hall, ends at 5 p.m. this Friday. Election day is March 6. On that day, polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

  • Weather - Feb. 27, 2012

    Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a south wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.  A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Windy, with a south wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Windy, with a west wind 35-40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Mostly clear and windy at night, with a low around 23.


  • Correction - News - Feb. 27, 2012

    A story in Friday’s Optic erroneously identified the company that helped Josette and Archie Martinez install a solar system on their home. The name of the company is Consolidated Solar Technologies.

  • Mayor intervenes for chamber

    Less than a week after the City Council voted to terminate the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce contract, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz has issued an executive order allowing all but the marketing portion of the contract to continue.

    The executive order means that, for now at least, the chamber will continue to be paid for such things as operating the visitor center, the website and the 1-800 number and helping out with conventions coming to town. The marketing portion of the contract, however, is still being terminated, with the city taking over that function for now.

  • Officers Recognized
  • Alcohol suspected in rollover

    City police and rescue crews were dispatched to Seventh Street late Wednesday night after a vehicle overturned, partially ejecting its driver, in what police believe to be a DWI-related crash.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño identified the driver of the vehicle as a juvenile. His age was not immediately available.

    Police say he was speeding south on Seventh Street without headlights when he lost control of the vehicle. Montaño said the vehicle left the road, struck a sign and then a utility pole and then flipped.

  • Senior Profile — Dorothy Simpson

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Imagine having celebrated only 17 birthdays and being able to boast a resume like Dorothy Simpson’s!

    She’s an educator, writer, and a generally well-rounded individual. Her curriculum vita numbers 16 pages, one for each of her prior birthdays, and, well, that’s no exaggeration.

  • Local couple turns to solar power

    Josette Martinez wasn’t too excited when her husband, Archie, suggested that they install a solar system on their house.

    The couple had experience with an alternative energy system in the past, and it didn’t leave a good impression.

    “She thought I was crazy,” Archie said. But he didn’t budge, arranging for representatives from a solar company to come to his 2,000 square-foot Legion Drive home and talk to them about solar energy.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 24, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Feb. 14 and Feb. 21: