Today's News

  • Benavidez murder trial begins

    The murder trial of Louis “Louie” Benavidez began Monday with a prosecutor painting him as a man hellbent on revenge and his public defender telling jurors his client wasn’t the shooter.

    Benavidez, 56, is charged with an open count of murder and evidence tampering in the Sept. 25, 2009, killing of Kevin Duran, his cousin. Duran, 32, was shot twice outside the single-wide mobile home at 814 Chavez St. where he had been staying with his girlfriend Amy Mares and her children.

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  • Mixed Report Card

    Both students and alumni at New Mexico Highlands University give the school high marks, but the school’s graduation and retention rates are among the lowest in the state.

    Those are among the highlights of the latest Performance Effectiveness Report submitted to state lawmakers and others this month by the Council of University Presidents. The report serves as a report card, detailing how each of the state’s six-year universities are performing in several key areas.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 30, 2011

    Optic and Wire Reports

    City cops launch gun probe

    The Las Vegas Police Department has launched an administrative investigation into an accusation that an officer left a weapon in a bathroom stall at the local Walmart.

    “We are looking into that matter,” Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said. “We have an administrative investigation ongoing to find out, one if it did happen, and then two, if it did, what the specifics are.”

  • Cruces judge retires to avoid discipline

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — A Las Cruces judge has agreed to step down at the end of the year to avoid discipline by the New Mexico Supreme Court, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported Monday.

    According to records unsealed by the Supreme Court, the Judicial Standards Commission alleged misconduct by Magistrate Court Judge Olivia Nevarez Garcia for failing to follow the law in the handling of cases. Garcia is the wife of state Higher Education Secretary Jose Z. Garcia.

  • Woman peppers vehicle with bullets

    A Las Vegas woman upset with a man who was driving away in her truck pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at the vehicle as it drove away on Mountain View Drive Sunday night, according to court documents.

    Mary Flores, 63, of the 400 block of Mountain View Drive, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. She has been charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.

    The criminal complaint filed by city police states that her bond was set at $5,000 cash. No one appears to have been seriously injured in the shooting.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 30, 2011

    In 1911 Tuesday, Nov. 29 — At a recent meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank of Las Vegas, the number of directors was increased from five to six and Mr. Stephen B. Davis, Jr., one of the large stockholders of the bank, was elected a director of that institution. Mr. Davis has long been recognized as one of the most prominent attorneys of New Mexico and his many friends in Las Vegas and throughout the state will be pleased to learn of his connection with the First National Bank.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 30, 2011

    Annual Luna luminaria tour Saturday

    Continuing more than a decade-long tradition, Luna Community College will host “La Noche de las Luminarias” from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Motorists will be able to tour the campus with a predetermined route beginning at the top gates. The event is free; however, non-perishable food items will be accepted for the needy.

  • Weather - Nov. 30, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26. North wind around 10 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Northeast wind 10- 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.  


  • Correction - News - Nov. 20, 2011

    In its recent special section, Tradiciones, the Optic failed to credit Melissa Greene as the photographer for the cover shot of Plaza Park after a snowfall.