Today's News

  • Watrous fire house may close

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Thirty years ago, Watrous volunteer firefighter Max Gallegos dashed out the door for middle-of-the-night emergency calls.

    At age 75, with a bad back and asthma, it now takes more like a half-hour.

  • Vegas man charged with rape

    A 22-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested last Friday on a warrant charging him with criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a second-degree felony.

    Francisco Richardo Maestas, who resides on the 1100 block of Railroad Avenue, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center and spent the weekend in jail. Online court records state that a release order and bond were filed Tuesday.

  • Worker overseeing aid for poor reassigned

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The director of an office overseeing supplementary food and financial assistance within the New Mexico Human Services Department has been reassigned amid state and federal inquiries into that office’s handling of benefit applications.

  • ART-Bark raises $5K for animal welfare

    Submitted to the Optic

    Animal Protection New Mexico has announced a new partnership with Las Vegas’ Animal Welfare Coalition.

    The announcement was made on June 25 during a fundraising event for the Las Vegas Pet Center. More than 100 people attended the ARTBark fundraiser, including City Council members Vince Howell and Barbara Perea-Casey

  • Justice Department closes Clinton email probe with no charges

    By Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email setup has been formally closed without any criminal charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday.

    The decision had been expected and was largely a formality given FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation a day earlier against any prosecution. Even before Comey’s public statement, Lynch had said she intended to accept the recommendations of the FBI director and of her career prosecutors.

  • Jail Log July 8, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 28 and July 5:

  • Thumbs - July 8, 2016

    This year’s fiestas didn’t disappoint. As expected, Sparx drew a huge crowd to Plaza Park Saturday evening, and the group put on a great performance. The other groups brought in to provide entertainment for this year’s fiestas also did an amazing job. We had hundreds participate in this year’s Fiesta Run, and Monday night’s fireworks display was spectacular. The bottom line is that this year’s fiestas were a resounding success, and we applaud everyone who had a hand in putting on such a great event.

  • Dispatch New Mexico: Gov. Martinez has a precarious decision to make

    Gov. Susana Martinez is in a precarious position, and soon enough she’ll have to take a stand on the question of Donald Trump.

    As chair of the Republican Governors Association and the nation’s first and only Hispanic female governor, her endorsement would mean a lot to the presumptive Republican nominee. But he’s done nothing to deserve it, and I think she, along with a lot of New Mexicans, knows it.

  • Looking Back July 8, 2016

    Friday, July 1, 1966 — Mayor Ben Lingnau proclaimed that Las Vegas will participate in the statewide Independence Day activity, “The Message of the Bells,” on July 4 at 11 a.m. Mayor Lingnau has asked that bells be sounded from all churches and schools to encourage citizens to participate in the ringing of freedom in the United States.

  • Weather - July 8, 2016


    HIGH 92° / LOW 58

    A slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Little or no precipitation expected.

    5:53 a.m. to 8:19 p.m.



    HIGH 93° / LOW 59°

    A slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Little or no precipitation expected.