Local News

  • Case against pastor dropped

    The District Attorney’s Office has decided not to retry a Las Vegas pastor who had been accused of sexually abusing a young family member, determining it does not have the evidence to convict him at trial.

  • Pot, still land man behind bars

    The Region IV Narcotics Task Force arrested a Buena Vista man last week for allegedly growing marijuana at his ranch and selling homemade liquor.

    Charlie Weber, 57, who lives on Highway 161, has been charged with manufacturing less than 100 pounds of marijuana, distribution of marijuana and with the unauthorized manufacture, possession or sale of alcohol. All three of the charges are fourth-degree felonies. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 19, 2011

    In 1911

    Thursday, Aug. 24 — Mail order marriages do not always turn out well, as has been demonstrated time and again... This has been the experience of Millard King and his wife Mrs. Myrtle L. King, who have filed rival petitions for divorce in the district court of San Miguel County... According to King’s petition he is a farmer living a few miles east of Wagon Mound on a homestead... (Mrs. King asks a decree of absolute divorce and the homestead, which she claims King promised to give her for marrying him.

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 19, 2011

    Watrous Day is this weekend

    Watrous Day festivities will start at noon on Saturday at the Watrous Park. A free barbecue is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m., followed by live music by Masizo from 1 to 5 p.m. This year’s event is dedicated to the late Max “Bro” Gallegos.

  • Weather - Aug. 19, 2011

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 5-10 mph. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Low around 57.  


  • Correction - News

    The Optic erred in an Aug. 8 photo caption about two members of the state championship West Las Vegas baseball team. The champions were on the 1978 team.

  • Local Briefs - Aug. 19, 2011

    Optic staff

    Council upholds revocation

    The man charged with selling moonshine out of his snow cone van won’t be making his neighborhood rounds anytime soon.

    The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to uphold the city manager’s decision to revoke Pedro “Pete” Lesperance’s city business license.

  • Woman facing DWI charge

    A 39-year-old woman from Black Lake, N.M., was arrested Monday on a drunken driving charge after she wrecked into a parked Mora County sheriff’s vehicle.

    Court documents state that it is Betina Martinez’s third DWI. She was also cited for not carrying her driver’s license. State police arrested and booked her into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Monday. Mora Magistrate John Sanchez set her bond at $2,000 cash.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 19, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Aug. 8 and Aug. 17:

  • Prosecutors re-file cockfighting charges

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Prosecutors are renewing their pursuit of cockfighting charges against a La Cienega man.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the case against Raul Trinidad-Enriquez, 27, moved from county magistrate court to state district court on Wednesday when prosecutors refiled the charges.

    Magistrate Judge Sandra Miera had dismissed the case in July when Deputy District Attorney JoHanna Cox didn’t appear at a hearing. The case includes 12 petty misdemeanor charges.