Today's News

  • Man sentenced to 5 years in drug case

    A Las Vegas man arrested earlier this year after agreeing to sell crack cocaine to an undercover Region IV narcotics agent has been sentenced to five years in prison.

    Jerry Martinez, 37, was sentenced by Judge Abigail Aragon last month.

    District Attoney Richard Flores announced the sentence in a news release issued Thursday.

    According to the release:

    The case stems from an undercover operation in February in which a police officer posed as a drug user and purchased crack cocaine.

  • Poverty rate rises in state

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico saw a spike in the number of people living in poverty last year and maintained the nation’s second-highest percentage, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Thursday.

    Census figures indicate that 21.9 percent of New Mexico residents lived in poverty last year, roughly 22,000 more people than in 2012. That’s a jump from 20.8 percent.

    Nationally, the rate was 15.8 percent in 2013 compared to 15.9 percent the year before.

  • Court sets hearing in marijuana ballot case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court is giving speedy consideration to a lawsuit by Santa Fe County seeking to place a nonbinding question over marijuana on the November general election ballot.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 19, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 8 and Sept. 12:
    Ruiz Robert, 39, revoked conditions of release, bench warrant, SM District
    David Salazar, 50, aggravated battery
    Alen Garcia, 27, battery
    June Trujillo, 45, aggravated battery on household member
    Geneva Perez, 37, battery on household member
    Anna Maestas, 27, disorderly conduct
    Chris Sisneros, 40, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended revoked license, no insurance

  • Looking Back - Sept. 16, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 19, 2014

    Highlands Homecoming

    New Mexico Highlands University will host its Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The game is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Perkins Stadium.  The Highlands Homecoming section begins on B1.

  • Weather - Sept. 19, 2014

    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

  • Health fair Saturday at Abe Montoya center

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is once again sponsoring its free community Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center Gymnasium. Free health screenings and information will be featured from area health care providers, consumer advocates and groups, social service organizations and voluntary organizations.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 19, 2014

    • West Las Vegas High School homecoming parade, 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 starting at the county courthouse, east on National Ave. and Bridge Street to 12th Street, south on 12th Street to Douglas Ave., east on Douglas to Sixth Street, north on Sixth street until Carnegie Park. The homecoming game takes place at 7 p.m. Friday evening at Herrera Complex against the Capital Jaguars.


  • Mora County Notebook - Rains places at Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous competition

    Submitted to the Optic

    DonDiego Rains, 10, of Holman, placed in various competitions at the Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous in Colorado, which he attended with his father in July.  

    Rendezvous is a recreation of the fur trade era where everything in sight must be of a pre-1840 style. Clothing is of the period, tents are canvas and cooking is over wood. All vehicles must be out of camp by Saturday evening and stay out until the following Saturday afternoon. No plastic, nylon, aluminum, electricity or propane are permitted.