Local News

  • Jail Log - Dec. 23, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 15 and Dec. 19:
    Lorenzo Sanchez, 57, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Amanda Sena, 25, burglary, District Court
    Joseph Lopez, 33, battery on a household member, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Horacio Encinias, 44, DWI-third offense, driving while licensed revoked, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Krystle Alarcon, 32, hold for court, District Court

  • Weather - Dec. 23, 2016


    HIGH 47° / LOW 27°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Friday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind around 10 mph.
    7:08 a.m. to 4:53 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Dec. 23, 2016

    Wednesday, Dec.28, 1966 — The first snow of the season gave residents travel troubles but left the area a winter wonderland primed for recreation. Some people measured seven inches in Las Vegas. The snow slickened highways and stalled motorists, but it was a boon to the state’s skiers. Eagle Nest, in northern New Mexico, and the Gallinas area apparently were hardest hit, both receiving an unofficial 14 inches. In this area, it was the first measurable snow of the year, except for areas high in the mountains.

  • City police re-accredited

    The New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council has re-accredited the Las Vegas Police Department, signaling that the local police force continues to follow best law enforcement practices.  

    “To be re-accredited is a major accomplishment for our department,” Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said Tuesday. “It benefits not only the city of Las Vegas as an organization but also the citizens because we will be operating off of best practices.”

  • And a big ho-ho-ho: Cyclists brighten yuletide

    Members of the Los Hermanos Motorcycle Club provided more than 700 toys to children for the 37th year on Saturday.

    It is part of the bikers’ Toys for Tots drive. The organization raised about $6,000 to purchase the toys.

    Sponsors for the event included the Eagles, Elks, Southwest Capital Bank, Rincones Presbyterian Credit Union, Plaza Hotel, Daylight Donuts and Popular Dry Goods. 

  • Catholic church denounces ‘food tax’ idea

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A proposal to reinstate a food tax in New Mexico is drawing strong opposition from the Roman Catholic church and anti-poverty groups over concerns the plan would raise grocery prices largely on the state’s poor.

  • Wind gusts damage San Antonio roof

    Severe winds on Friday damaged a small portion of the San Antonio Church roof.

    According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, wind gusts of 63 miles per hour were reported in the Las Vegas area on Friday.

    Father George Salazar said that about three panels of the church’s tin roof flew off as a result of the wind gusts.

    “The portion is being fixed already,” Salazar said. He added that water got into the building.

    “It is going to get fixed … the whole roof did not come off,” Salazar said.

  • State eyes permanent fund for early education dollars

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic New Mexico lawmakers on Thursday proposed a constitutional amendment to provide new funding for early childhood education programs from the state’s largest permanent fund.

    Reps. Antonio Maestas and Javier Martinez, both of Albuquerque, pre-filed the initiative for consideration when the legislature convenes in mid-January. The amendment would increase annual distributions from the state’s $15 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund from 5 percent to 6 percent of its value by 2022.

  • Weather - Dec. 21, 2016


    HIGH 53° / LOW 20°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 53. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
    7:05 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.


    HIGH 40° / LOW 29°
    A chance of snow showers before 11am, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
    7:06 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.


  • Local Presbyterian church to celebrate Advent journey

    By Sharon Vander Meer
    For the Optic

    The First United Presbyterian Church invites the community to join in the continuing celebration of Advent as a journey to joy. The church’s sanctuary is decorated in bright blue and silver with stars cascading down banners and across the worship space. The number and size of stars grows each week to symbolize growing joy, according to Rev. Katie Palmer, pastor at FUPC.

    “The stars symbolically remind us of the Bethlehem star that leads us through the Christmas season to Epiphany,” Palmer said.