Local News

  • Rifle wound sidelines judge

    Mora Magistrate John Sanchez was rushed to Alta Vista Regional Hospital earlier this month after he accidentally shot himself with a 30-30 caliber rifle.

    Sanchez, who was bleeding heavily, was quickly stabilized and then flown to a trauma center in Albuquerque on July 2.

    As of Wednesday the judge remained out on medical leave. Las Vegas Magistrate Judges Philip Romero and Chris Najar and Santa Rosa Magistrate James Moncayo have been handling his caseload since.

  • Looking Back - July 20, 2012

    In 1962

    Tuesday, July 24 — New Mexico Highlands University’s enrollment has more than doubled in the past decade and is expected to double again in the next few years, President Thomas C. Donnelly told members of the Legislative Finance Committee meeting on the campus yesterday. In 1962 enrollment jumped over 17 percent, he pointed out, with an increase of  more than 10 percent expected in September. The 1962 summer enrollment jumped 18 percent over the preceding year.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 20, 2012

    Mora Fiesta is this weekend

    The Mora Fiesta kicks off at 4:30 p.m. today, July 20, with a Mass and procession starting at Santa Gertrudis Church. The fiesta, which features several bands, a parade and even a rodeo ends on Sunday. For a complete schedule, see Page C6.

  • HU cop: Lives are in jeopardy

    The New Mexico Highlands University campus was flooded with visitors this past Friday and Saturday because of the North-South high school All-star games.

    Despite the hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of extra people on campus for the event, the university had just one officer on duty during the 4 p.m.-to-midnight shifts on those days, one Highlands police officer contends.

  • Center aims to help local veterans

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    Today many armed forces veterans struggle to obtain rightfully deserved benefits and services.

    Fortunately, Victor Cordova is helping to ease that struggle for veterans in the Las Vegas area.

  • Virus outbreak affecting livestock

    Las Vegas Optic Staff

    People planning to take part in this weekend’s Mora Fiesta rodeo or who hope to ride a horse in the parade will likely be in for a disappointment if they fail to get a certificate from a veterinarian certifying that their livestock is in good health.

    An outbreak of Vesicular Stomatitis — a virus with symptoms that mimic hoof and mouth disease — has hit New Mexico, prompting the state veterinarian to impose rules in hopes of minimizing the spread of the disease.

  • Fiesta Royalty
  • Jail Log - July 20, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 10 and July 16:

    Christien Lucero, 21, bench warrant: aggravated driving under the influence, failure to appear

    Henry Duran, 25, Adult Probation Office warrant

    Ronnie Barela, 46, bench warrant: court hearing

    Ray Brito, 38, bench warrant: aggravated driving under the influence

    Deoborah Arostigue, 32, assault & battery on a household member

    Jerry Martinez, 42, bench warrant: aggravated battery with a deadly weapon

  • No prison time for repeat offender

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A woman has violated at least 13 probation requirements since 2009 in New Mexico yet has continued receiving suspended sentences and referrals to probation programs.

    That has an Albuquerque probation officer wondering why 25-year-old Landis Litz has slept more than 900 nights at the Metropolitan Detention Center since May 2006 but hasn’t done hard time at any state prisons.

    The Bernalillo County district attorney says it’s not her office’s fault.

  • When life hands you lemons ...