Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 19, 2014

    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Roswell Invaders, 7 p.m., Roswell

  • Dodge offered Española job

    City Manager Timothy Dodge might soon leave the  meadows of Las Vegas for the “jungle” of Española after being offered the city manager post there.

    “Welcome to the Jungle, Mr. Dodge,” Española’s legendary newspaper, the Rio Grande Sun, declared on its front page on Thursday.

    Not so fast.

  • No gun tribute at Lujan burial - Deceased a ‘superhero’ to family

    Arcenio Lujan will be laid to rest today, and while he is being buried with military honors, there will be no firing of volley shots.   

    Agnes Lujan, Arcenio’s wife of 25 years, can’t bear the thought of hearing gun shots at the funeral, fearing that it will take her back to last Thursday when her husband was shot by two police officers after he reportedly pointed a rifle at them. Arcenio’s life came to an end on the porch of their double-wide mobile home on Castle Drive as Agnes Lujan watched from a distance.

  • Use of food stamps rises in county

    By Emily Guerin and Tim Marema
    For the Optic

    The use of food stamps in San Miguel County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program.

    The proportion of San Miguel County residents receiving food stamps hit 27.3 percent in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services. That’s an increase of 9.5 percentage points since 2007, the year the recession started.

  • Top fundraiser in AG race is Balderas

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrat Hector Balderas holds a more than 20-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in the race for attorney general, according to the latest financial reports.

    Balderas has stockpiled more money than any other statewide office candidates, except for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who has cash-on-hand of $4.2 million in her re-election account.

    Balderas reported a campaign balance of $662,814 as of last week. He collected $47,463 in contributions during the past month.

  • Jail Log - May 16, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 5 and May 8:
    Gary Esquibel, 31, revoked conditions of release, bench warrant, SM District
    Levi Varela, 27, aggravated battery with deadly weapon, tampering with evidence, bench warrant, SM District
    Alfred Waldo, 33, battery on healthcare worker, resisting evading or obstructing an officer
    Eric Hester, 37, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended revoked license, no use of signals
    Anthony Urioste, 43, one-day commitment

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 16, 2014

    Optic Wire and Staff

  • Looking Back - May 16, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, May 14 — City Manager Harry Houck announced today that he had received word that a U.S. Army band from Fort Sill, Okla,., is scheduled to be in Las Vegas June 13 to march in the annual Cowboys’ Reunion Rodeo parade. Houck said that Lt. Col. L.B. Mattingly of Fort Sam Houston had notified him that a 30-piece band would be flown in for the parade, if a large plane was available. If the larger plane was unavailable, a 20-piece band would be flown in.


  • Looking Ahead - News - May 16, 2014

    Bike Safety Rodeo

    Twenty-third Annual Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas Bike Safety Rodeo, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the Wilson Complex parking lot. Admission is $5 for a new helmet and $1 if you wear your own helmet. For more information, call John Spencer at 425-3637.

  • Weather - May 16, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 5-15 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47.

    Sunny, with a high near 81. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 47.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:55 a.m. to 8 p.m.