Today's News

  • Man charged in May death

    Three months after a Las Vegas man died in an Albuquerque hospital from injuries sustained in a fight outside a local Allsup’s, an Anton Chico man has been charged with killing him.

    Las Vegas police obtained an arrest warrant last Thursday charging 43-year old Robert Saiz with voluntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony. Saiz, who resides on Mescalero Drive in Anton Chico, was arrested Saturday and was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $200,000 bond.

  • Sipapu prepares for ski season
  • Campaign launched to ‘save the lion’

    A collaboration between the city of Las Vegas, MainStreet de Las Vegas and New Mexico Highlands University has generated enthusiastic interest to “Save the Lion” as it turns 119 years old.

  • City struggling with water quality

    The city of Las Vegas Utilities Department is trying to determine why the quality of water coming out of the city’s surface water treatment plant is lower than normal.

    City Utilities Director Kenneth Garcia briefed the governing body on the situation during a special Council meeting on Monday morning.

    Garcia stressed that the water remains safe to drink.

    “I want to assure you there is no cause for concern at this point …,” he said.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 2

    Thursday, Sept. 2 — City Mayor Frank Olmstead was injured this morning in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Seventh and Baca. Extent of the mayor’s injuries had not been determined by noon, but according to attending physicians, at this time, Mayor Olmstead’s injuries “do not seem to be too bad.” A car driven by Olmstead collided with a pickup truck driven by Cesario Sena of Sapello at the intersection.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 2, 2015

    Wagon Mound Bean Days
    The Wagon Mound Bean Days festival runs from Friday through Monday and features music, a parade, a free barbecue, dances and rodeos. Wagon Mound is located just off I-25 between Raton and Las Vegas. For more information, call 575-447-1597 or visit www.beanday100.com.

  • Weather - Sept. 2, 2015

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • Lawmakers to discuss impeaching Duran

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives on Monday raised the possibility of impeachment proceedings against New Mexico’s top elections official after allegations of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering were leveled against her by the state attorney general.

    House Minority Leader Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, said the charges against Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran are serious and if the House decides to pursue impeachment, the process needs to be a bipartisan effort.

  • Departments offering free water tests for well owners

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Health are hosting a no-cost Domestic Well Water Testing event in San Miguel County today (Wednesday) and Thursday at the El Valle Water Alliance Office.

    This money-saving opportunity is the chance for San Miguel County households to check pH, specific conductance, and the levels of fluoride, iron, sulfate, nitrate, and manganese in the well water.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 2, 2015

    •  Carnegie Library Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 in the children’s area of library. This week’s book is “Bob’s Pizza” by Luisa Campbellz. All programs are free and open to the public.