Today's News

  • Jail Log - August 28, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 17 and Aug. 24:
    Phillip Garcia, 25, seven-day commitment
    Kristine Briseno, 23, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate/Socorro Magistrate
    Gavin Hammond, 27, driving on suspended revoked license, failure to display registration, possession of marijuana
    Eduardo Gallegos, 27, hold for court
    Pricilla Garcia, 42, theft of identity, forgery, larceny, larceny of a firearm

  • Nun faces sainthood test

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Italian-born nun who confronted Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for the long road to sainthood on Tuesday.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 28, 2015

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    Man killed on NM 518 identified

    The pedestrian who was struck and killed on NM 518 near Mallette Feed & Supply on Monday afternoon has been identified.
    Sate police issued a news release Tuesday afternoon identifying the man as 46-year old Eric Lucero from Las Vegas. The release states that Lucero was attempting to cross NM 518, north of town, when he walked in front of a northbound vehicle driven by Beau Vigil, 22, of Ojo Feliz.

  • Sensors detecting health problems early

    By Megan Favignano
    Columbia Daily Tribune

    COLUMBIA, Mo. — While some go to the doctor once a year, many residents at the TigerPlace assisted living community in southeast Columbia get a virtual checkup every day.

    Wireless sensor systems installed in about half of the community’s living spaces constantly monitor residents’ vitals and calculate their risk of falling.

  • New approach for treating peanut allergies

    By Lindsey Tanner
    AP Medical Writer

    CHICAGO — A pediatricians’ group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn 1.

    The interim guidance is in response to a major allergy study published earlier this year that found that exposure to peanuts in infancy seemed to help build tolerance — contrary to conventional thinking.

    Baby-suitable foods used in the study included smooth peanut butter, peanut soup and finely ground peanuts mixed into yogurt and other foods.

  • In Brief - Health - Aug. 28, 2015

    The Associated Press

    NM monitoring air quality

    ALBUQUERQUE  — State health and environment officials are closely monitoring New Mexico air quality in the wake of wildfires still burning in the Pacific Northwest.
    Officials from the state Department of Health and Environment Department say the air quality may change on a daily basis.
    They are advising residents, especially in areas where there is no air quality monitoring equipment, to check out the visibility in the air.

  • Sen. Heinrich makes tickets available to see Pope Francis

    Submitted to the Optic

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is encouraging New Mexicans interested in attending the outdoor simulcast of Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24, to contact his Washington, D.C. office for tickets. Francis will be the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress. Sen. Heinrich will be allotted 200 tickets for the simulcast on the West Front grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

  • Noticias - August 28, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays Nov. 1 to March 31. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 28, 2015

    • Las Vegas Magistrate Court will be closed through Friday, Aug. 28 as staff is attending the Magistrate Court Conference. Regular hours resume on Monday, Aug. 31.
    • Mora Magistrate Court will be closed until Friday, Aug. 28 due to staff and judges attending the annual conference.


  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - August 28, 2015

    Kudos to Wid Slick, Ray Valdez and to everyone else who worked hard to put on this past weekend’s Meadow City Music Festival. The performers selected to be a part of the three-day event drew big crowds to both the Plaza Park area and to the Serf Theatre. Kudos also to all of the performers who showed up and provided their audiences with great shows. Turn to Page B7 for photos from the music festival.