Today's News

  • Fiesta performer has unique story

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    One of the best things about Fiestas is the three days’ worth of local and regional Spanish music on the Plaza. But none of the musicians performing at this year’s festivities stand out quite like Shawn Kiehne, better known to his fans as El Gringo.

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  • Missing girl’s mom fears worst

    The last time Josephine Garcia spoke to her daughter was last Friday night.
    Cindy L. Rivera, 19, called her to tell her that Rivera’s ex-husband had shown up, and he was drunk, Garcia said. Garcia told her daughter to chase him away and to go inside.

  • Bingaman tours area projects

    Retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman spent Monday touring area projects he helped secure funding for, including Las Vegas’ Old Wood, LLC company located in the Dee Bibb Industrial Park.

    The local company received a $360,000 Forest Service’s Collaborative Forest Restoration Program CFRP grant in September 2011, according to Bingaman’s office. Bingaman’s office said this is the first opportunity the senator has had to tour the facility since the grant was awarded.

  • Local Briefs - July 6, 2012

    Optic Staff

    Tree cutting upsets some

    The decision by San Miguel County to cut down two plum trees on the south entrance of the courthouse has upset several people.

    The trees, which San Miguel County Manager Les Montoya said were about 10 feet tall, were cut down on June 25 and June 26.

  • MainStreet spruces up downtown

    Submitted to the Optic

    MainStreet Las Vegas coordinated the installation of 10 Planter Boxes on Douglas Avenue, East Lincoln Avenue and at the Visitor’s Center last Saturday.

    The project was sponsored by Southwest Capital Bank. Twenty-one volunteers led the effort: Michael Cannone, Las Vegas Dollies, Los Hermanos Motorcycle Club, Bill and Kirshon Emerick, Dave and Marcella Korb and MainStreet board members.

  • In Brief - July 6, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Panel to screen judge hopefuls

    SANTA FE — A bipartisan nominating commission meets next month to consider candidates for a state Supreme Court vacancy.
    There’s a July 23 deadline for lawyers to submit applications. The commission meets Aug. 7 in Santa Fe to screen candidates and make recommendations to Gov. Susana Martinez, who’s getting her first chance to make an appointment to the five-member court.

  • Jail Log - July 6, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 26 and July 3:

    Johnathan Lovato, 44, probation violation

    James Valdez, 40, probation violation

    Sarah Montaño, 21, driving on suspended/revoked driver’s license

    Alfred Ulibarri, 41, Adult Probation Office warrant

    Estevan Gutierrez, 24, hold for court-Department of Corrections

    Eric Vigil, 31, dwelling burglary; bench warrant: failure to appear

    Richard Estrada, 41, bench warrant: failure to appear

  • ‘The Vow’s’ real-life couple’s story goes on

    By Troy Turner
    The Farmington Daily Times

    FARMINGTON — The Vow was a box office success and became a money-maker its first weekend in movie theaters, and the book soared to the No. 1 spot on the New York Times best seller list.

    That was all in February and March.

    So what has Farmington couple Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, the true-life twosome who inspired the movie and who are the authors of the book, done lately?

  • Weather - July 6, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. South wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.