Today's News

  • Vegas man gets 10th DWI

    A Las Vegas man was charged with his 10th DWI over the weekend, with an officer’s having to place a spike strip to stop him, state police said.

    Michael Benavidez, 49, 2328 N. Gonzales St., was charged with aggravated DWI, driving on a suspended or revoked license, evading an officer and having an open container of alcohol.

  • Little League

    The following are recent results and upcoming games for Little League.

    LVLL games take place at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent results:

    TUESday, June 29

    Las Vegas minors (tournament): Red Sox d. Dodgers, Diamondbacks d. Padres, Cardinals d. Mariners, Cubs d. Rockies

    WEDNESday, June 30

    Las Vegas minors (tournament): Red Sox d. Diamondbacks, Cardinals d. Cubs

    Upcoming games:

    FRIday, JuLY 2

    Las Vegas minors (tournament final): Red Sox vs. Cardinals, 6:30 p.m.

  • Letter: Does that banner yet wave?

    In the nearly 40 years I have been here to enjoy the Fiestas de Las Vegas, they have always included a great parade. Parades here are wonderful and attendance is spectacular.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    LVLL games take place at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    FRIday, June 25

    Las Vegas softball (tournament final): Lady Devils 11, Stars 0

    SATURday, June 26

    Las Vegas majors (tournament final): Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESday, June 30

    Las Vegas tee-ball: Indians vs. Dodgers, Padres vs. Braves, 5 p.m.

  • North-South coming

    The annual Class 3A North-South All-Star boys’ and girls’ basketball and football games are slated for July 9-10 on the Highlands University campus.

    Participants from across the state will arrive in town early this coming week for practices and activities. A committee of local volunteers headed by Connie Trujillo coordinates the event.

    See the Optic next week for more on North-South.

  • Little League all-stars named

    Save for this week’s Las Vegas Little League minors baseball tournament — during which the Red Sox will try to repeat as champions — local Little League fans’ attention is turning to the district all-star tournaments, which begin July 10 in Raton.

  • City enacts tougher penalties

    The city’s new water conservation ordinance increases penalties for violators and urges big users to install water-friendly fixtures.

    Last week, the City Council passed the ordinance after going through several versions over the last few months.

    The ordinance is considered the first of a two-part strategy for conservation. The second is expected to bring more progressive water rates — in other words, even higher rates as a customer uses more water. Those new rates are slated to come before the council later this year.

  • Deputies, jailers vote for union

    San Miguel County’s jailers and deputies on Wednesday unanimously voted for a union to represent them.

    It may well be the first time in the county government’s history that workers have formed a union, officials say.

    All 22 employees who took part in the election supported having the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees as their representative in negotiations with county officials.

    Twenty-eight were eligible to vote; probationary employees, who have been with the county for less than a year, couldn’t take part.

  • Official criticizes Optic over editorial

    San Miguel County Commission Chairman David Salazar promised that the county’s oil and gas task force’s meetings would be open to the public.

    He also criticized the Optic for not making that fact known to the public.

    A few weeks ago, Alex Tafoya, the county’s planning and zoning supervisor, told the Optic he wasn’t sure if the public would be allowed in the task force’s meetings.

  • Police: DWI suspect had kid in car

    An area man didn’t try to hide the fact that he had been drinking after the state police stopped him Sunday, reports state.

    Madio Michael Trujillo, 30, of Rociada, who was stopped on Grand Avenue shortly after 10 p.m., acknowledged to a state police officer that he had had two shots and four beers not long before driving, police said.

    In the back seat was a 6-year-old girl. The other passenger was Valerie Quiñonez of Española, who gave her name as Jessica Hill, police said.