Local News

  • Woman peppers vehicle with bullets

    A Las Vegas woman upset with a man who was driving away in her truck pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at the vehicle as it drove away on Mountain View Drive Sunday night, according to court documents.

    Mary Flores, 63, of the 400 block of Mountain View Drive, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. She has been charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.

    The criminal complaint filed by city police states that her bond was set at $5,000 cash. No one appears to have been seriously injured in the shooting.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 30, 2011

    In 1911 Tuesday, Nov. 29 — At a recent meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank of Las Vegas, the number of directors was increased from five to six and Mr. Stephen B. Davis, Jr., one of the large stockholders of the bank, was elected a director of that institution. Mr. Davis has long been recognized as one of the most prominent attorneys of New Mexico and his many friends in Las Vegas and throughout the state will be pleased to learn of his connection with the First National Bank.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 30, 2011

    Annual Luna luminaria tour Saturday

    Continuing more than a decade-long tradition, Luna Community College will host “La Noche de las Luminarias” from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Motorists will be able to tour the campus with a predetermined route beginning at the top gates. The event is free; however, non-perishable food items will be accepted for the needy.

  • Weather - Nov. 30, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26. North wind around 10 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Northeast wind 10- 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.  


  • Correction - News - Nov. 20, 2011

    In its recent special section, Tradiciones, the Optic failed to credit Melissa Greene as the photographer for the cover shot of Plaza Park after a snowfall.

  • Missions of Mercy

    It is no exaggeration that Las Vegas has its fair share of community service groups. As one member of the Alta Vista Regional Hospital Volunteer Chaplains Group put it, “Everyone has different ways to serve the community. This is the way we serve.”

    One might say that this group reflects the sentiments of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking”: “If I can stop one heart from breaking/ I shall not live in vain/ If I can ease one life the aching/ Or cool one pain….I shall not live in vain.”

  • Former Highlands player jailed

    A former New Mexico Highlands University football player is facing criminal charges for allegedly taking another student’s credit card and using it at a local store.

    State Police arrested Deandre Clemons, 21, who lives in Connor Hall, last Monday. He has been charged with theft or acquiring a credit card, a fourth-degree felony, and fraudulent use of a credit card, a misdemeanor.

  • Tougher DWI laws sought

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — James Woolbert had just gotten out of jail and had been drinking with his girlfriend, family members said, when they decided to load their two young children into a vehicle without working brakes and head home.

    They never made it. Their Isuzu rolled twice, ejecting the unstrapped children and killing them and their mother.

  • Police apprehend alleged burglar

    A Las Vegas man has been charged with several felonies after he allegedly broke into a home on the 300 block of Cumbres Patio.

    Andreques “Rico” Gallegos, 19, of the 300 block of South Commerce Street, threatened to kill himself when police confronted him last Sunday, according to a probable cause statement filed by Las Vegas police Nov. 21 in San Miguel Magistrate Court. Police, however, were able to extract him from a window at the mobile home where he was staying.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 28, 2011

    In 1911

    Monday, Nov. 27 — Great crowds were in attendance at the burial of Mike Buko /Saturday afternoon at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Main Street at which time Dr. Randolph of the Randolph Hypnotic troupe placed the young man under the influence of hypnotism and buried him alive... The box was boarded up with airshafts running to the surface of the ground at the foot and head to allow air to enter the grave...  The boy will be awakened from his sleep tonight at 8 o'clock at the opera house.