Today's News

  • Weather - May 25, 2012

    Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 87. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 52. Windy, with a south wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

    Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Windy, with a south wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 50.


  • Correction - News - May 25, 2012

    In the visitors guide, 2012 Summer Destinations, the Optic misidentified the official name of the Pecos National Historical Park in a headline on Page 14. The park has not been named a “national monument” for years.

  • In Brief - Local News - May 25, 2012

    City closing early Friday
    City of Las Vegas offices will close at noon this Friday to allow employees to attend the dedication of the memorial for the two city workers killed last year in a trench collapse.

    The dedication will begin at noon on Friday at Cinder Road and Palo Verde, where the accident occurred.

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  • Second Mora deputy fired

    The Mora County sheriff’s deputy who recorded the altercation between Sheriff Thomas Garza and another deputy has been fired.

    Stephen Mora confirmed to the Optic through a text message that he had been fired, but added he couldn’t say anything more about it right now. The Optic was unable to reach Garza earlier this week.

    KOAT-TV reported earlier this week that the termination leaves the sheriff’s department with one deputy and the sheriff to patrol the county.

  • Jail Log - May 25, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 16 and May 21:
    Paul Trujillo, 24, Department of Corrections hold for court
    Helen Rivera, 30, failure to appear, fraud by worthless checks, probation violation
    Jose Euligo Maestas, 33, failure to appear
    Alfred Alcon, 32, failure to appear, breaking and entering, criminal damage to property
    Lonnie Bennett, 49, all other larcenies, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana
    Ted Gordan, 45,  bench warrant: failure to pay

  • New military pass available

    Submitted to the Optic

    As part of the Joining Forces initiative to support our nation’s service members and their families, Fort Union National Monument announces an annual pass to active duty service members and their dependents, granting free access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands around the nation in the coming years.

  • Que Pasa - May 25, 2012

    • The Las Vegas Optic will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. The office will re-open for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 29.
    • In observance of Memorial Day San Miguel County offices will be closed on Monday, May 28. They will reopen on Tuesday, May 29.


  • Noticias - May 25, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association, San Miguel County, New Mexico, hereby wishes to inform all interested parties of San Miguel County of the intent to file an application with USDA, Rural Utilities Service. The purpose of the application is to request financial assistance to improve the water system of El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 25, 2012

    THUMBS UP! GREAT ECLIPSE. At first it looked as if it might be a big letdown, with a Sunday night cloud cover blocking the first eclipse since 1994. But then the clouds moved out of the way and viewers got all they hoped for — a spectacular view of the moon passing in front of the sun.
    It was a great celestial show, well worth watching.  Can’t wait for the next one — in 2023.