Today's News

  • Area man facing 4th DUI charge

    A 50-year-old San Miguel County man was arrested and charged last week with driving drunk after his ex-girlfriend called police to report that he was intoxicated and driving recklessly in her yard.

    Leonard C. Esquibel, who according to court documents lives on County Road B47A, was arrested by state police last Wednesday and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. Magistrate Philip Romero set his bond at $5,000 cash.

  • Gloves remain on in Senate primary

    By Barry Massey
    and Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Four years ago, Heather Wilson gave up her House seat from New Mexico to make a run for a rare opening in the Senate. She lost in a bare-knuckled Republican primary. This year she has the luxury of sitting back as the Democratic successor to her House seat takes a similar gamble.
    The stakes are equally high.

  • In Brief - Local News - May 30, 2012

    Las Vegas Optic

    Gov commends locals for murals
    Gov. Susana Martinez and New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica Gonzalez have recognized Casa de Cultura, a Las Vegas cultural development organization, for its work on the recently completed mural project, “The People’s History of El Norte.”

    Also commended were Casa de Cultura’s mural director Rock Ulibarri and students from both Robertson and West Las Vegas High School, who painted the murals.

  • Looking Back - May 30, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, May 27 — Over 65 people attended the alumni dinner for the New Mexico Normal University class of 1912. One of the most brilliantly successful social affairs in the history of Normal. The eatables were delicious and the program of toasts was interesting, enthusiastic, instructive and humorous.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 30, 2012

    Story time at Carnegie

    Carnegie Library hosts story time every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the children’s area of the library. This week’s book is “Do Pencils Grow in the Summer?” by Viki Woodworth. Story time is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - May 30, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 46. North wind 10-15 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming south. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.


  • Correction - News - May 30, 2012

    The Optic misidentified one of the West Las Vegas graduates in a photo published on the cover of Monday’s edition. The graduate behind Julian Martinez is Mario Mascareñas.

  • In Brief - News - May 30, 2012

    The Associated Press

    Police arrest man in shooting
    LOS LUNAS — A man accused of shooting a 10-year-old boy during a home invasion in now in Belen police custody.

    KOAT-TV reports authorities arrested Leroy Montoya on Monday afternoon after a police pursuit that ended in a crash in Belen.

    Montoya is one of two men suspected of shooting the boy while attempting to burglarize a house May 23 in Los Lunas.

    Authorities say the 10-year-old was shot in the arm when he stepped in front of his mother.

  • Fire close to becoming largest

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two lightning-sparked blazes that merged in a mountainous southwestern New Mexico forest is close to becoming the largest wildfire in state history, fire officials said Tuesday.

    The U.S. Forest Service said the erratic blaze in Gila National Forest had grown to about 152,000 acres by Tuesday — just 5,000 acres from breaking the state record. It is about 15 miles east of Glenwood, N.M., a small town with a few hundred residents.

  • Poll: Heinrich, Wilson in lead

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — According to the results of a new poll, Democrat Martin Heinrich and former Republican Heather Wilson are the front-runners in the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    The poll conducted by a firm for the Albuquerque Journal shows that 51 percent of the people who were surveyed support Heinrich, a two-term congressman.

    Twenty-six percent backed Democratic State Auditor Hector Balderas, while 23 percent remain undecided.