Local News

  • New Mexico lawmakers express relief at budget compromise

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico lawmakers expressed relief Tuesday that a budget agreement has been reached to restore funding to public colleges while warning that the state still stands on a shaky financial footing for the fiscal year starting on July 1.

  • Jail Log - June 2, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 25 and May 31:
    Kenneth Corey, 57, Burglary Rio Arriba County.
    Evry Madrid, 38, 30-day comittment, San Miguel County Magistrate Court.
    John Gutierrez, 55, Driving on suspended/revoked, San Miguel County Magistrate Court.
    Benjamin Baca, 76, back from Dept. of Corrections.
    Daniel Boyer, 36, DWI, open container, no insurance, no drivers license,  San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

  • Showcasing nature - Photo exhibit explores views on landscape

    Submitted to the Optic

    A photo exhibit at Highlands University explores the impact of landscape on humans and humans’ impact on the landscape.

    Places, on display Highlands’ Kennedy Alumni Hall Gallery from May 8 – July 7, features photographs by Christine Hauber and Sean Weaver.

  • Weather - June 2, 2017


    HIGH 80° / LOW 50°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
    5:46 a.m. to 8:12 p.m.


  • Mora boy killed in accident

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A 15-year-old Mora boy was killed in a work-related accident Wednesday afternoon.

    According to New Mexico State Police, officers responded around 3 p.m. Wednesday to an incident that occurred off of Highway 518 near the 32 mile marker west of Mora. There, they found a dump truck had rolled on top of Nazareth G. Lara, who had been working on the truck.  

    The initial investigation indicates Lara was working on the truck when the unattended vehicle rolled backwards onto his chest.  

  • 76-year-old man sentenced to prison

    A 76-year-old Las Vegas man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for allegedly luring mentally ill women with cigarettes and snack food and forcing them to perform sexual acts for him.

    Benjamin Baca was sentenced on Friday to the maximum time allowable under terms of a plea agreement struck in February.

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  • Owners of Vegas properties plead guilty

    ALBUQUERQUE — A married couple whose assets included properties in the Las Vegas area have pled guilty to federal charges.

    Enrique S. Cavazos, 31, of Tijeras, N.M., entered a guilty plea last week in federal court in to marijuana trafficking and money laundering. His wife, Lindsey A. Cavazos, 32, also pled guilty today to a money laundering charge.

    Sentencing hearings have yet to be scheduled.

  • City submits claim for water damage

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic, Editor

    The City of Las Vegas recently submitted an insurance claim for water damage to the city’s offices that occurred in late March.

    On the morning of March 31, city maintenance staff arrived at the offices and discovered water on floors in much of the building. A copper fitting at the base of a water fountain failed sometime during overnight hours, causing flooding in several offices that went undetected until the early morning hours.