Local News

  • Jail Log - July 1, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 22 and June 27:
    Ferninand Valencia, 51, aggravated DWI (fourth Offense), open container
    Peter Griego, 41, larceny
    Michael Trujillo, 38, receiving stolen property, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
    Gary Romero, 43, battery household member
    Clifford Montaño, 43, battery on a household member
    Sergio Valdez, 25, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Fiestas royalty crowned

    In one of the most anticipated events of the year, Melina Mercedes Baca, 17, was crowned queen of the Fiestas de Las Vegas, Friday.

    Her coronation was at a Fiestas Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. Her court includes Princesa Victoria Valdez, and Damas Amber Lynn Gonzales, Sonia Castillo and Gabriella Andrea Tafoya.

    New this year is senior citizen royalty, in which Manuel Chavez and Alice Moberg were selected.

  • Court leans left in term unsettled by Scalia’s death

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death transformed the Supreme Court’s term, shifted power to its liberal wing and started a transition that will be greatly affected by who wins the presidency.

  • NM tests limits of immunity for legislators

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    A New Mexico district judge will decide on a case-by case basis whether legislators can decline to testify in a fraud case against a former state senator by invoking legislative privilege.

    Judge Brett Loveless on Monday denied a blanket request to limit the scope of testimony from state lawmakers and legislative aides who are being called on to testify as state prosecutors pursue charges of fraud, bribery and tampering with public records against former Sen. Phil Griego.

  • $2,866 raised for injured teen

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    A father of 10 with another child due in September, Albuquerque tattoo artist Phil Lucero, found time on Saturday to support the only son of Dennis and Rose Gouin of Sapello.

    Lucero, 37, was among 120 to participate in the Benefit Bike and Car Run, which started in Las Vegas and included stops in Sapello, Mora and Sipapu Ski Resort. The $2,866 raised will go to the Gouins, whose 17-year-old son, Jeramiah, was paralyzed after a May 31 accident at a bull-riding camp in Maxwell.

  • In Brief June 29, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Suit targets cougar trapping

    Environmentalists are suing the state Game Commission in federal court, arguing that expanded cougar trapping threatens endangered Mexican gray wolves and jaguars.

    The lawsuit was filed Monday by The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Protection New Mexico and residents Peter and Jean Ossorio.

  • Bricks & Mortar on Mainstreet: Building on a legacy

    Editor’s note: Bricks & Mortar on Mainstreet is an occasional series highlighting Downtown renovation projects from the Railroad Depot to the Plaza Park. This month’s article is a conversation between Agnes Montoya, Rita Kavanaugh and Rose Coca, Committee Members of Las Vegas Musicians Reunited, and Cindy Collins, executive director of MainStreet de Las Vegas.

  • Gun views fractious even as fewer bear arms

    Editor’s note: This story is part of Divided America, AP’s ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.

    By Matt Sedensky
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Wherever you look in this nation born of a bloody revolution of musket fire, chances are there’s sharp disagreement over firearms.

    Democrats war with Republicans, and small towns are against cities. Women and men are at odds, as are blacks and whites and old and young. North clashes with South, East with West.

  • Another Perspective: Teaching and learning: Let’s get engaged
  • County won’t ban fireworks this year

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    San Miguel County officials have decided to forego a fireworks ban this year.

    Gov. Susana Martinez sent a letter to local government leaders on June 6, asking them to hold emergency meetings and discuss whether a local ban on the use of fireworks was needed in their area.

    The San Miguel County Commission took up the issue at its regular meeting on July 14. Heeding the advice of Emergency Manager Kurt Parkinson, commissioners voted not to institute a ban.